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Fall Fastbreak – Greenville

Greenville Trojans
Boys
Coach (season): Todd Nehlen (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 10-12
2011-12 region record (place): 4-6 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Sean McErlane, Jake Hunker, Nico Zahniser
Top returning players: Chad Ferguson, Daniel Addison, Luke Houpt, Matt Jones, Tyler Fattman
Assistant coaches: Gary Wilson, Brandon Busch, Joel Wentling
Outlook: Greenville will look for some stability under new head coach Todd Nehlen. With two coaches resigning in the past year, the Trojans have been in transition for most of the past 12 months. Greenville is also looking to get back into the playoffs after missing out last winter. The Trojans will have to replace Sean McErlane, Jake Hunker and Nico Zahniser. All three graduated and are big losses, including Zahniser, an all-region selection. Greenville returns a strong group, including starters Chad Ferguson, Luke Houpt and Matt Jones. Daniel Addison and Tyler Fattman are also back to provide depth, while Trey Van Aken and Devin Savala could contribute as well. The Trojans have a lot of experience back and will need to be aggressive this year while staying disciplined on offense and defense. Greenville is in a tough Mercer County region but the Trojans have the talent to compete for the region title. This season could come down to how quickly the players adapt to a new coach and a new system.

Schedule
December
7-8 Cambridge Springs tournament
10 Conneaut 7:30
12 Rocky Grove 7:30
14 at Commodore Perry 7:30
21 at Lakeview* 7:30
27-28 Iroquois tournament
January
5 at Reynolds* 7:30
8 at Mercer* 7:30
11 at West Middlesex* 7:30
15 Wilmington* 7:30
18 Sharpsville* 7:30
22 Lakeview* 7:30
25 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
30 at Conneaut 7:30
February
1 Reynolds* 7:30
5 Mercer* 7:30
8 West Middlesex* 7:30
12 at Wilmington* 7:30
13 at Jamestown 7:30
15 at Sharpsville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
Coach (season): Kristin Richards (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 21-5
2011-12 region record (place): 11-1 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Cambridge Springs 26-23 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Girard 31-24 in the semifinals. Greenville then defeated Seneca 36-33 in the third-place game. Greenville lost to Seton-La Salle 77-31 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Brooklyn Taylor, Morgan Marshall, Kanako Soejima, Katie McMillan, Emily Paxson
Top returning player: Jessica Burnett,
Assistant coaches: Jen Fagley
Outlook: Greenville will be starting over this year. The Trojans graduated four of their five starters, including all-time leading scorer Brooklyn Taylor. Taylor was named to the all-district team, was voted the Region 2 co-Player of the Year and to the all-region first team. The Trojans also lost second-team selection Morgan Marshall as well as Kanako Soejima and Katie McMillan. With those four gone, new head coach Kristin Richards will look to fill in some holes with young players. Richards can rely on the senior leadership of returning starter Jessica Burnett. She was voted to the all-region second team last year and brings speed and experience this season. Casslyn Holder, Rebecca Fagley and Molly Montalvo could contribute right away for the young Trojans. Greenville returns only two seniors this year with a large freshman class. The Trojans will have to rebuild this season in order to stay competitive over the next few years.

Schedule
December
7-8 Grove City tournament
11 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
14 Jamestown 7:30
17 Oil City 7:30
19 Lakeview* 7:30
January
4 at Sharpsville* 7:30
8 West Middlesex* 7:30
10 Sharon* 7:30
14 at Mercer* 7:30
16 at Commodore Perry 7:30
19 at Oil City 12:30
21 at Wilmington* 7:30
24 at Lakeview* 7:30
28 Sharpsville* 7:30
31 at West Middlesex* 7:30
February
4 at Sharon* 7:30
6 Mercer* 7:30
8 at Reynolds 7:30
12 Strong Vincent 7:30
14 Wilmington* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Tuesday: Grove City

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball, Fall Fastbreak

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