Overtime with Ty S1 E2


By Ty Goodrich

Welcome back to the second issue of Overtime with Ty. Today, we will be taking a look into the Huntley High School boys basketball team.

Boys basketball has started this season on fire. They are currently 6-1 and 2-0 in conference play. The Daily Herald has Huntley ranked fifth in the northwest suburbs. It is going to be hard to stop this group of guys.

Huntley started off the season 3-0 in the Johnsburg Thanksgiving Tournament with wins over Grayslake North, Johnsburg, and Geneva which sent them to the championship to face off against a big Wauconda team.

Huntley came up with the win to crown them as tournament champions against Wauconda. It was a back and forth game until the fourth quarter where Huntley pulled away and won 59-43. The Red Raiders put up a great defensive fight which led to Wauconda scoring their fewest points of the season. Seniors Aidan Wieczorak and Ben Ahmer led the way with 36 points between the two of them.

Ahmer has been the leader of the boys basketball team so far. This is his third year on varsity and he is averaging 16.4 points per game. He was awarded the Thanksgiving Tournament MVP. 

Wieczorak was named to the Northwest Herald preseason All-Area Team. He is looking to build upon last season where he was named Fox Valley First Team All-Conference. 

Wieczorak led the boys with 15 points in a win over Jacobs last Friday that put them on top of the Fox Valley Conference with a 2-0 record. Junior Ian Ravagnie chipped in with 10 more points.

Batavia is responsible for Huntley’s only loss in a very close game that came down to a game winning three from Trent Tousana to give the Bulldogs the lead and 67-66 win in a back and forth game. 

Huntley is a veteran team with mostly seniors who all played last year. 

Senior Adam Guazzo leads the team in offensive and defensive rebounds. His shot has improved since last spring and he can score from the perimeter and is strong in the paint. He is a hustle player who can guard all 5 positions and is a talented passer with a high IQ.

Senior Chet Andrews is another returning starter for the Red Raiders. He is the man in the middle and stands at 6 feet 4 inches. Andrews usually guards the opponents largest player and uses his build to keep the offensive player out of the paint and off the glass. 

The final returning starter from last year is Nate Ary. Ary is one of Huntley’s best defenders and is tasked with guarding the opponents best perimeter player. On offense, he can get to the paint and finish through contact at will.

Huntley basketball has high hopes for this year after taking third in conference last year. This talented group of young men has their eyes set beyond just winning conference, they want to make it to sectionals and regionals. There are high expectations for Huntley this year and as of right now they are the team to beat in the FVC.