Beane set for solid season of boys basketball

BALDWIN — Brandon Beane is coming off an all-state season in football.

He’s now hoping to have similar success in basketball.

Beane and the Panthers opened their season Tuesday night with a 70-35 victory over Pentwater on Thursday night. Baldwin is home against Walkerville for West Michigan D League action. They play at Muskegon Heights Friday for their first nonleague game of the season.

Beane was on the 2014-15 team that won conference and district titles. It was his third varsity campaign.

“Last year was a very successful season,” he said, adding although most of the players were on the football team, they’ve been able to make the transition to winter sports.

Rebounding and putbacks will be among the strengths Beane is anticipating this season and using post moves to help the Panthers score. It’s a slight change from what Beane’s role was last season.

Baldwin lost several key players from last season including state Class D Player of the Year Braeden Childress who graduated, and his younger brothers Braeden and Brenton, who have transferred to Big Rapids.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Beane said. “We have to work on plays and coming together as a team. I think we’ll be all right.”

After a game or two, “I think we can click right away,” Beane said. “Our conference is pretty strong.”