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Fall Fastbreak – Warren

Warren Dragons
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jeff Berdine (10th season, 122-92)
2010-11 overall record: 13-9
2010-11 region record (place): 6-8 (fifth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Tyler Fantaskey, Kyle Papalia, Joel Stewart
Top returning players: Preston McMeans, Hank Morrison, Kory Thomas, Mark Davis, Austin Jerman
Assistant coaches: Dave Papalia, Chris Yost, Joe McGraw
Outlook: Warren could be a surprising team this winter. The Dragons have been on the cusp of making the playoffs the past few years and could break through this season. Warren lost Tyler Fantaskey, Kyle Papalia and Joel Stewart to graduation but the return of Preston McMeans, Hank Morrison, Kory Thomas, Mark Davis and Austin Jerman gives the Dragons a tough team. McMeans has started since his sophomore season and should eclipse 1,000 points this winter with 648 through his first three years. Morrison is a returning starter and Thomas started half of last year’s games. Davis and Jerman were also part-time starters last winter as Warren is loaded with experience. The focus of this year’s team will be to improve defensively and limit mental mistakes. The region is tough with perennial powers like General McLane, Girard and East. Add in Central Tech and each game is a big game during region play. Warren has been waiting in the wings the past few years and this looks like the year the Dragons not only make the playoffs but emerge as a region contender.

Schedule
December
9-10 Warren County tournament
13 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
17 at East* 7:30
20 Girard* 7:30
23 Bradford 7:30
27-28 Northwestern tournament
January
3 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
6 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
10 at General McLane* 7:30
13 Central Tech* 7:30
17 at Corry* 7:30
19 East* 7:30
21 at Girard* 7:30
24 McDowell 7:30
27 Harbor Creek* 7:30
31 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
February
3 General McLane* 7:30
11 Oil City 2:30
14 at Central Tech* 7:30
17 Corry* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): Lisa Ruhlman (4th season, 37-32)
2010-11 overall record: 14-9
2010-11 region record (place): 7-7 (tied for fourth)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 64-30 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Kristin Hultquist, Emily Sherman, Kristie Reynolds, Jaimie Eaton, Sabrina Anderson, Taylor Mineweaser, Alexa Bupp
Assistant coaches: John White, Jessica Robinson, Jasper Merenick
Outlook: Warren found a way into the District 10 playoffs last winter and is looking to return there after not losing anyone to graduation. The Dragons return an experienced group, led by Kristin Hulquist, Emily Sherman, Kristie Reynolds, Jaimie Eaton, Sabrina Anderson, Taylor Mineweaser and Alexa Bupp. Warren could also receive big contributions from Brit and McKenzie Merenick as well as Nerissa McIntyre. Region 6 is in transition with half of the region getting new coaches, leaving plenty of room for experienced teams to make their move. The Dragons could be a dangerous team this winter as they have gone through the battles of region play before.

Schedule
December
9-10 Warren County tournament
13 Titusville 7:30
19 Strong Vincent 7:30
23 at Central Tech 7:30
January
9 Harbor Creek* 7:30
12 North East* 7:30
16 at General McLane* 7:30
18 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
21 at Fairview* 7:30
24 at Corry* 7:30
26 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
30 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
February
2 at North East* 7:30
4 at Bradford 2:30
7 General McLane* 7:30
9 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
11 Fairview* 7:30
14 Corry* 7:30
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30

Later today: West Middlesex

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball, Fall Fastbreak

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