Vale boys hoop team gears up for season

Vale’s Colton Kesey goes for a put-back during a game against Nyssa last season. Kesey is the only returning starter from last year’s edition of the Vale varsity basketball team. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – The Vale boys varsity basketball team will be short on varsity experience but will showcase a deeper bench this season, said head coach Colby Shira.

Only one returning starter – senior Colton Kesey – is back from last season’s team that went 4-6 in Eastern Oregon League play. 

Vale (1-1) enters the new season missing four key players who graduated.

“There are four seniors on the roster but three of them didn’t play last year,” said Shira.

Another potential impact player, senior Matt McBride, is out for the season with a shoulder injury. 

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