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Fall Fastbreak – Wilmington

Wilmington Greyhounds
Boys
Coach (season, record): Michael Jeckavitch (3rd season, 18-25)
2011-12 overall record: 9-14
2011-12 region record (place): 5-5 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 57-15 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Anthony Derrick, Matt Bowen, Ryan Crawford, Josh Tekac, Vince Pitzulo
Top returning players: Rocco Fagan, Jordan Smith, Jesse Hilliard
Assistant coaches: Michael Zeigler, Kyle Piper, Curtis Nugent
Outlook: Wilmington made its way to the District 10 playoffs last year before running into eventual D-10 champion Mercyhurst Prep. The Greyhounds were hit hard by graduation with the loss of Anthony Derrick, Matt Bowen, Ryan Crawford, Josh Tekac and Vince Pitzulo. Derrick was voted to the all-region first team and Bowen to the second team. All five leave big holes for third-year coach Michael Jeckavitch to fill. Jordan Smith is the only returning starter, while juniors Rocco Fagan and Jesse Hilliard could step into expanded playing time this year. Ryan Brumbaugh and Davis Smith are back to play their senior season after missing last year. Nate Anthony is a junior transfer from West Middlesex, while Travis Brumbaugh, Hunter Taylor and Scott Onestak could contribute this season as well. The ‘Hounds could use up to a 9-10 man rotation to exploit their speed and use it to compete. Wilmington will also have plenty of chemistry this year. The ‘Hounds will be smaller than usual and that size disadvantage could hurt throughout the season, especially near the playoffs. Wilmington will look to play tougher defense and develop its offense enough to use speed to balance out size.

Schedule
December
7-8 Jamestown tournament
11 Commodore Perry 7:30
14 at Union 7:30
18 Jamestown 7:30
27-28 Union tournament
January
3 at Sharpsville* 7:30
5 Lakeview* 7:30
8 Reynolds* 7:30
9 Neshannock 7:30
11 Mercer* 7:30
15 at Greenville* 7:30
18 West Middlesex* 7:30
23 Shenango 7:30
25 at VisionQuest 7:30
29 Sharpsville* 7:30
February
1 at Lakeview* 7:30
5 at Reynolds* 7:30
8 at Mercer* 7:30
12 Greenville* 7:30
15 at West Middlesex* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
Coach: Brandy Sanford
2011-12 overall record: 12-11
2011-12 region record (place): 6-6 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Villa Maria 77-12 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the coach.

Schedule
December
7-8 Mohawk tournament
11 at Farrell 7:30
13 Reynolds 7:30
15 at Shenango 2:30
17 at Laurel 7:30
20 at Sharon* 7:30
27-28 Union tournament
January
3 Lakeview* 7:30
7 at Mercer* 7:30
9 Neshannock 7:30
10 Sharpsville* 7:30
17 West Middlesex* 7:30
21 Greenville* 7:30
24 Sharon* 7:30
28 at Lakeview* 7:30
31 Mercer* 7:30
February
4 at Sharpsville* 7:30
6 Jamestown 7:30
11 at West Middlesex* 7:30
14 at Greenville* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Later today: Youngsville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball, Fall Fastbreak

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