Archive photo of Braylon Wenger by Lisa McGinty | LMc Photography
DALTON Talk about hitting the ground running.
At least a couple of this year’s seniors who left the football field after the Bulldogs’ deep playoff run reappeared on the basketball court just a couple days later ready to compete, with goals for a league title and another long tournament run.
Dalton’s varsity boys basketball team ended the 2021-22 season with a commendable 19-4 record.
The Dawgs bowed out of the post season in the Division IV district semifinal game against Cornerstone Christian Academy at Norton High School. Jalen Wenger, who graduated in the spring, passed Ryan Berg to become Dalton’s all-time leading scorer and second place leading scorer in Wayne County with 1,947 total career points. Berg had set the record in 1996 with 1,945 points. His younger brother, Braylon Wenger, is following in his footsteps. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard was injured during a recent scrimmage but the coach and team look forward to welcoming him back to the court soon. In the meantime, Head Coach Justin Greenfelder said some good underclassmen will fill in for him.
The Dawgs have welcomed Greenfelder, who formerly was an associate varsity basketball coach at Central Catholic, as the new boys basketball coach this year. Greenfelder said before the season opener that already he is impressed with Dalton’s hard-working student-athletes and supportive families.
He called Quentin Lehman the “heart and soul” and a natural leader. He and Ethan Stutz are among the football players ready to turn around and hit the hardwood.