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The Roland Story boys basketball program is set to return to the state in 2023

Last season, the Roland-Story boys’ basketball team returned to the state for the first time in ten years.

The Northmen went 22-3 overall and won the Heart of Iowa Conference a year ago with a 14-0 undefeated record. They defeated Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in the Class 2A Substate Finals and made it to Wells Fargo Arena, where they lost to Pella Christian 69-62 in the state quarterfinals.

This year’s team wants to top all that.

“The goal is to finish better than last year,” said Roland Story Senior Guard Isaiah Naylor. “We’re all focused and coming in with a better attitude.”

But the Norsemen know it won’t be easy.

“We have a lot of experience from a very successful year last year, so it’s exciting, but it comes with a lot of different challenges than in previous years,” said Roland story coach Darrin Berggren. “You know you get the best of everyone every night. We have to be ready to go.”

Roland story brings back (from left) Ben Greenfield, Jonovan Wilkinson, Kale Lande, Isaiah Naylor, Luke Patton, Dillon Lettow, Boaz Clark and Nick Butler from last year's Class 2A quarterfinalists entering the 2022-2023 boys' basketball season.

Roland story is led by the talented combination of Naylor and junior forward/guard Jonovan Wilkinson.

Naylor averaged 17.1 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals a year ago. He shot 46.2% from the field, made 72 3-pointers at a 39.8% clip, and converted 83.3% of his free throws.

Wilkinson does a little bit of everything for Roland story. He averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 49.6% from the field and 79.2% from the line in 2021-2022.