Boys Basketball Prepared for a Long, Successful Season


Sam Koelling (’23) rises above a defender for the bucket. Credit: Graham Unsworth.

Last year ended in heartbreak. The Skyline boy’s basketball team went into the 2021-2022 playoffs confident and ready. After cruising through districts, they were knocked out in the Regional semifinals by Belleville in a 50-47 overtime loss.

This year the Eagles are hungry. The loss of impactful seniors Will Gardner, James Harrison, and Lucas Lynch leaves a void that needs to be filled. Up-and-coming players Pete Roebuck (‘24), Ben Solomon (‘25), and Noah Silkworth (‘25) look to do just that. Returning starters Sam Koelling (‘23), Ben Stille (‘23), and Jayden Potts (‘23) will be crucial to success as they were the top three scorers on the team last year.

 “This team has a lot of talent and a ton of potential,” says Coach Mike Lovelace. “It is fun envisioning how good we can be when all of the talent and hard work comes together with a strong identity.”

The Eagles are aiming high this year. The team has worked since April to get stronger and improve together. They all have a collective objective: to push themselves and each other the whole season and make a run at the State Title.

“Our team has a definite goal of reaching the final four and playing at Breslin [Center] come March,” says Koelling. “We’re all playing with a chip on our shoulder after our loss to Belleville in the Regional playoff.”

The Eagles first game resulted in a 48-34 win versus the Northville Mustangs. Conference play starts at home on Tuesday, December 13 against the Saline Hornets at 7 p.m.