Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose is completely aware of the upcoming obstacles.

Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose is completely aware of the upcoming obstacles.

"The kids haven't had a lot of success. You look at these four seniors, I think they've won a combined 12 games over the last two or three years," Grose said. "We have to change that moving forward."

The Monarchs' first-year coach replaced Kenny Chaffin this summer. Marysville was 28-79 the last five years under Chaffin.

The Monarchs were 7-14 last year and 3-11 in the OCC-Cardinal Division after a 71-31 loss to Northland in the Division I district tournament. Westerville South won the league title at 14-0, followed by Westerville Central (11-3), Westerville North (11-3), Olentangy Liberty (7-7), Dublin Jerome (4-10), Olentangy (4-10), Marysville and Dublin Scioto (2-12).

"Westerville South pretty much has to be the favorite (this year)," Grose said. "They return pretty much the entire team from last year."

Marysville graduated four seniors, including Mike Romesburg and Trevor Morris. Romesburg led the team in points (13.9 per game), averaged 8.4 points and was first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-district. Morris averaged 6.7 points and was honorable mention all-conference.

Back for the Monarchs is junior Craig Runyan. A 6-foot-4 post player, Runyan averaged 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.

"This summer, I didn't have a lot of time to work with him, but he was able to score on bigger players and players his size. He just physically outworks people," Grose said. "We have to find a way to get him the ball at different positions on the floor. He's able to use his physical presence to find ways to get the ball to the basket."

Senior point guard Anthony Aquillo and sophomore shooting guard Kody Davisson will be counted on to keep opposing defenses honest. Senior Kyle Nelson is expected to fill the other wing spot after averaging 6.5 points, and senior Hayes Crispin (6-3) is likely to fill the other post position after missing last season with a football injury.

"We're going to try and take advantage of mismatches and we'll run a variety of different things to get the ball to our post player inside, Craig Runyan," Grose said. "That should allow some freedom for our guards on the perimeter the opportunity to create."

Marysville's four seniors are Aquillo, Crispin, Nelson and Jared Stats. Nelson and sophomore Steve Romesburg will be counted on for their 3-point accuracy.

"It's a challenge to learn how to work a little bit harder and give a little bit more and raise that level of commitment," Grose said. "They want to win. They want to improve. Figuring out how to do that has been another challenge."