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Fall Fastbreak – Titusville

Titusville Rockets
Boys
Coach (season, record): Scott Davie (3rd season, 8-36)
2010-11 overall record: 5-17
2010-11 region record (place): 1-15 (ninth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Jimmy Burt, Brennan Becker, Michael Vinopal
Top returning players: Alex Kline, Kennedy Neely, Robby Johnson, Corey Ciccarelli, Jayce Corklin, Dillon Speer
Assistant coach: Ed Kline
Outlook: Titusville has an experienced team back this fall after losing only three seniors to graduation. Jimmy Burt, Brennan Becker and Michael Vinopal are gone but the Rockets have everyone else back this winter. Alex Kline, Kennedy Neely, Robby Johnson, Corey Ciccarelli, Jayce Corklin and Dillon Speer are returning lettermen this year and are looking to improve and compete in a tough region. Johnson, Kline and Neely provide senior leadership, while Ciccarelli, Corklin and Speer received important minutes last year to gain experience. Titusville is probably still a few years from contending in one of the toughest Class AAA regions in the west but improving the program and developing chemistry as a team will be important this winter.

Schedule
December
10 Harbor Creek 7:30
13 Eisenhower 7:30
17 Maplewood 2:30
20 at Farrell* 7:30
23 Meadville* 7:30
27-28 Corry tournament
January
3 at Grove City* 7:30
6 Franklin* 7:30
10 at Meadville* 7:30
13 Hickory* 7:30
17 at Sharon* 7:30
19 Oil City* 7:30
21 Slippery Rock* 7:30
24 at George Junior 7:30
27 Farrell* 7:30
31 Grove City* 7:30
February
2 at Franklin* 7:30
7 at Hickory* 7:30
10 Sharon* 7:30
14 at Oil City* 7:30
17 at Slippery Rock* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): Jennifer Gates (2nd season, 6-16)
2010-11 overall record: 6-16
2010-11 region record (place): 2-10 (sixth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Dorothy Stromdahl
Top returning players: Grace Champion, Carly Kriner, Renata Drusko
Assistant coaches: Alicia Ward, Bill Good
Outlook: Titusville will be young and fast this winter but size will be an issue. The Rockets don’t have many rebounders but second-year coach is hoping to make up for that with speed. Dorothy Stromdahl is gone to graduation, but the Rockets have Grace Champion, Carly Kriner and Renata Drusko are back. Champion is the starting point guard and last year’s fourth-leading scorer, while Kriner was second in scoring and a shooting guard. Drusko is the only senior back and is a solid rebounder. Haleigh Scott and Praise Mabugu could see more varsity action this winter after stepping up in the offseason.

Schedule
December
9-10 Oil City tournament
13 at Warren 7:30
16 at Oil City* 7:30
19 Franklin* 7:30
23 at Meadville* 7:30
27-28 Saegertown tournament
January
3 Corry 7:30
5 Grove City* 7:30
9 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
12 Eisenhower 7:30
14 at Maplewood 2:30
19 at Hickory* 7:30
23 Oil City* 7:30
26 at Franklin* 7:30
31 at Eisenhower 7:30
February
2 Meadville* 7:30
6 at Grove City* 7:30
9 Slippery Rock* 7:30
13 Cochranton 7:30
16 Hickory* 7:30

Thursday: Union City, Villa Maria

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball, Fall Fastbreak

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