Standout Gasser returns for Indian Valley; Dean takes over as coach

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Indian Valley Basketball
A new era is set for the Indian Valley Braves boy’s basketball program
under first-year head coach Andy Dean. The former Brave standout will
inherit a team that returns quite a few mainstays, and is only two
years removed from making the district tournament. The transition for Dean will be even easier with the return of senior Brian Gasser.


A new era is set for the Indian Valley Braves boy’s basketball program under first-year head coach Andy Dean. The former Brave standout will inherit a team that returns quite a few mainstays, and is only two years removed from making the district tournament.

Dean will replace Scott Doak, who left the program in good shape.

The transition for Dean will be even easier with the return of senior Brian Gasser (6’3). The second Team All-District performer averaged 15 points per game, and was a starter as a sophomore on the 2006 district qualifying squad.

Gasser will be one of the top performers in the East Central Ohio League along with Dover’s Eric Dummermuth and Meadowbrook’s Phillip Biggs.

The senior standout is very skilled, while being able to play inside or out.

Also returning is senior starters Joe MacAdam (6’0) and Jayson Gray (6’0).

Looking to assume starting roles this season after coming off the bench a year ago are seniors Kolton Crites (6’3) and Blair Emler (5’10) along with junior Zack Baker (6’0). The latter was the quarterback on the football team.

Dean likes what he is seeing out of these three kids; seniors Ian Pichetti (6’1) and Gavin Jones (5’10) and junior Jordan Frey (5’11). The first-year boss considers them “much improved.”

The new mentor has some quality team strengths, but one thing does concern him.

“Our depth, size, and experience will be a major strength of this team,” Dean stated. “However, getting used to a new coach with new offensive and defensive schemes will be a concern.”

Indian Valley is in its last year of ECOL action before moving to the PAC-7 the following year. The conference schedule, as usual, will consist of 14 contests. Tough challenges will come with home and home games against Dover, Claymont, Coshocton, Cambridge, and New Philadelphia.

The non-conference schedule has games with Tusky Valley, Carrollton, Ridgewood, Newcomerstown, Garaway, and PAC-7 member Cuyahoga Valley Christian Adademy.

The Braves are a team that will be very dangerous come tournament time. The ECOL will more than prepare them for the Division III sectional. Indian Valley is the only Division III team in the conference now that Coshocton has moved up to Division II.

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