Coach (season, record): Darren Gensler (2nd season, 4-18)
2008-09 overall record: 4-18
2008-09 region record (place): 2-8 (fifth)
Top players lost: Tommy Shannon, Justin Wells, Shawn Brown, Steven Brown, Josh McKnight
Top returning players: G David Richter jr., F Nick Miller jr.G Joey Guthrie so.
Assistant coach: Kurt Groover
Key games: Jan. 5 vs. Greenville, Jan. 19 vs. Kennedy Catholic, Feb. 5 at Kennedy Catholic
Outlook: The Muskies will look to improve on a four-win season, but it won’t be easy. Coach Darren Gensler’s squad lost several top players, including standout scorer Tommy Shannon. Jamestown is set for the future, however, with plenty of young stars emerging. David Richter and Nick Miller will be looked on to lead Jamestown this season, while sophomore Joey Guthrie could make an impact. The Muskies have a balanced schedule with no road trip over two games and only one three-game homestand. Gensler laid the foundation in his first season last year to change the culture of Jamestown basketball. Although it may not show this year, the future looks bright for the Muskies.
Coach (season, record): Kevin Reese (7th season,
2008-09 overall record: 14-9
2008-09 region record (place): 6-2 (second)
Top players lost: Emily Mrvos (all-region), Britta Grafton (all-region, Region 1 co-Player of the Year)
Top returning players: Alysha Giddings sr., Amanda Buchholz sr., Cassandra Grafton jr., Taylor Brooks so., Kylee Polley so.
Top new players: Serra White jr., Cassie Schuhlen so.
Assistant coach: Mike Seman
Key games: Dec. 17 vs. Kennedy Catholic, Jan. 21 at Farrell, Jan. 28 at Kennedy Catholic, Feb. 18 vs. Farrell
Outlook: Jamestown had two of its most prolific scorers in school history last season in Britta Grafton and Emily Mrvos. Both eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and will be tough to replace. The Muskies had great success last season, but will need their underclassmen to step up in order to repeat that success. Alysha Giddings and Amanda Buchholz provide solid senior leadership, while Cassanda Grafton is a promising player. After starting the season with two tough road games at Cambridge Springs and Mercer, the Muskies head home for a four-game homestand. Jamestown’s toughest stretch comes at the end of 2009. The Muskies will play eight of 10 games on the road, including the Union City Christmas tournament and trips to Rocky Grove, West Middlesex, Linesville and Farrell to name a few. If the Muskies get past their two major losses early and find cohesion as a team, they could return to the postseason.
Wednesday: Kennedy Catholic
– Tom Reisenweber