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Posted: November 26th, 2013

Maplewood Tigers
Boys
2012-13 overall record: 6-16
2012-13 region record: 3-9 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach. Once a preview is submitted, this post will be updated.

Schedule
December
6 Rocky Grove tournament
7 Rocky Grove tournament
11 at Iroquois 7:30
14 Titusville 7:30
18 Youngsville* 7:30
20 at Cambridge Springs* 7:30
23 Hickory 5:30
26 Conneaut tournament
28 Conneaut tournament
January
2 at Cochranton* 7:30
3 Rocky Grove 7:30
10 Saegertown* 7:30
11 Jamestown 2:30
14 at Conneaut* 7:30
17 Eisenhower* 7:30
22 at Commodore Perry 7:30
24 at Youngsville* 7:30
28 Cambridge Springs* 7:30
31 Cochranton* 7:30
February
4 at Saegertown* 7:30
11 Conneaut* 7:30
14 at Eisenhower* 7:30
*Region 3 games

Girls
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 2-10 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach. Once a preview is submitted, this post will be updated.

Schedule
December
6 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
7 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
10 Commodore Perry 7:30
11 Youngsville* 7:30
14 Titusville 3
17 at Jamestown 7:30
19 Saegertown* 7:30
January
6 Cochranton* 7:30
10 at Union City 7:30
13 Conneaut* 7:30
16 Cambridge Springs* 7:30
18 at Eisenhower* 2:30
20 Lakeview 7:30
21 at Youngsville* 7:30
25 Northwestern 2:30
27 at Saegertown* 7:30
29 at Iroquois 7:30
February
1 at Cochranton* 3
6 at Conneaut* 7:30
10 at Cambridge Springs* 7:30
13 Eisenhower* 7:30
15 at Sharpsville 2:30
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2013

Lakeview Sailors
Boys
Coach: Gary Burke (14th season, 205-117)
2012-13 overall record: 23-5
2012-13 region record: 10-2 (second)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Titusville 48-37 and Mercyhurst Prep 59-46 in the District 10 Class AA playoffs before losing to West Middlesex 71-65 in five overtimes in the District 10 championship. Lakeview then defeated Quaker Valley 44-40 in the PIAA first round and Greensburg Central Catholic 49-41 in the second round before losing to Beaver Falls 56-44 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Dalton Boggs, Casey Greggs, Coty Gander
Top returning players: Brandon Rice, Zach VanDusen, Austin Rice
Assistant coaches: Dale Walker, Kevin Persch, Jay Carlson, Steve Aden, Bob Urey, Larry Boggs, Danny Engstrom, Bill Beith, Brad Foster
Outlook: Lakeview went on an impressive run last year and fell just short of the District 10 Class AA championship in a five-overtime thriller against West Middlesex. The Sailors had two 1,000-point scorers in Dalton Boggs and Casey Greggs along with a force inside in Coty Gander. All three have graduated, however, as Lakeview looks to rebuild Boggs and Greggs were voted to the all-region team for the second straight year as seniors. Greggs finished with 1,233 points and averaged 14.1 points per game last year, while Boggs averaged 15.8 ppg and finished with 1,132 career points. Gander averaged 9.3 points per game last winter and is a big loss underneath the hoop. Lakeview has several solid players back to lead a young team, including Brandon Rice, Zach VanDusen and Austin Rice. Rice is a 6-2 senior that averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a junior, while VanDusen is a 6-foot senior guard that is a big-time defender. Rice, a 5-11 guard, had a breakout freshman season last year and stepped up in a big way during the playoffs. The Sailors could also receive immediate contributions form sophomores Matt Patridge and Jake Doddo. Both could be in the mix for a starting position or meaningful varsity minutes. Jake Drozynski, Dalton Richael and Anthony Bigley are upperclassmen that will be counted on to contribute as well. Lakeview has an interesting mix of experienced players and new, talented players that could step up immediately. If the Sailors find several players to replace the production lost to graduation, they will not only be a contender in Region, but they will be a tough to beat in the playoffs as well.

Schedule
December
6 Lakeview tournament
7 Lakeview tournament
10 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
13 VisionQuest 7:30
18 at Commodore Perry 7:30
20 Greenville* 7:30
27 Franklin tournament
28 Franklin tournament
January
2 at Reynolds* 7:30
4 Wilmington* 7:30
7 at West Middlesex* 7:30
11 Cambridge Springs 2:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
16 at Mercer* 7:30
21 at Greenville* 7:30
24 Iroquois 7:30
28 Reynolds* 7:30
31 at Wilmington* 7:30
February
4 West Middlesex* 7:30
7 at Rocky Grove 7:30
11 Sharpsville* 7:30
14 Mercer* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 1-11 (seventh)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach. Once a preview is submitted, this post will be updated.

Schedule
December
6 Oil City tournament
7 Oil City tournament
10 Iroquois 7:30
12 Union City 7:30
16 Greenville* 7:30
20 at Commodore Perry 7:30
January
3 Wilmington* 7:30
6 at Sharon* 7:30
9 Mercer* 7:30
13 at West Middlesex* 7:30
16 Sharpsville* 7:30
18 at Jamestown 2:30
20 at Maplewood 7:30
23 at Greenville* 7:30
27 at Wilmington* 7:30
30 Sharon* 7:30
February
3 at Mercer* 7:30
6 West Middlesex* 7:30
7 Commodore Perry 7:30
10 at Sharpsville* 7:30
11 at Cochranton 7:30
13 Saegertown 7:30
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2013

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Boys
Coach: Rick Mancino (7th season)
2012-13 overall record: 17-7
2012-13 region record: 8-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated VisionQuest 68-46 and Cochranton 58-37 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Kennedy Catholic then lost to Lincoln Park 54-45 in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins, Jimmie D’Onofrio
Top returning players: Gerald Zachar, Sam Crow, Gavin Cianci, Jacob Feeney, Matt Hurton, Andre Campbell, Matt Perrico, Nolan Cianci, Jake Stanek
Assistant coaches: Corey Djackovich, Tyler Babcock, John Heutsche
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic has a strong tradition of boys basketball and Rick Mancino has continued that tradition since taking over five years ago. The Golden Eagles retook the District 10 Class A championship last winter since having their 12-year title streak snapped in 2010. Kennedy Catholic will need to rebuild quickly to keep its recent success going. The Golden Eagles lost Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins and Jimmie D’Onofrio to graduation, Brennan Wassil to Hubbard in Ohio and Chris James to Farrell. Hartman, Thompkins and D’Onofrio were all voted to the all-region first team last year, while Hartman was also voted the region player of the year. Thompkins averaged 14.5 points per game, while Hartman was at 13.9 ppg and D’Onofrio scored 6.9 ppg. James was also voted to the all-region first team after scoring 12.6 ppg but will suit up for Farrell this winter. Kennedy has some experience back in Gerald Zachar, Sam Crow, Gavin Cianci, Jacob Feeney, Matt Hurton, Andre Campbell, Matt Perrico, Nolan Cianci and Jake Stanek. Zachar was voted to the all-region second team and is a solid senior leader. Crowd, Gavin Cianci, Feeney and Hurton are returning seniors, while Campbell, Perrico, Stanek and Nolan Cianci are juniors. The Golden Eagles could also receive immediate contributions from sophomores Carmen Schuville and Nikolo Lima. Kennedy Catholic lost quite a bit of production, but the Golden Eagles have a strong program and enough experience and tradition to stay competitive. The biggest key for Kennedy Catholic is building depth and having several players step up this season. If the Golden Eagles can accomplish those things, they’ll be a strong favorite to repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
December
6 Farrell tournament
7 Farrell tournament
10 Lakeview 7:30
13 at Mercer 7:30
17 West Middlesex 7:30
20 North Catholic 7:30
January
7 at Jamestown* 7:30
10 VisionQuest* 7:30
14 at Cochranton 7:30
16 Central Tech 7:30
17 Commodore Perry* 7:30
21 Rocky Grove* 7:30
22 Lincoln Park 7:30
24 at Greenville 7:30
28 Jamestown* 7:30
31 at VisionQuest* 7:30
February
1 Farrell 7:30
4 at Sharpsville 7:30
6 Erie First 7:30
7 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
11 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
18 at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30
*Region 1 games

Girls
Coach: Chris Mele (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 24-3
2012-13 region record: 10-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Commodore Perry 68-28 and Cochranton 67-45 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Kennedy Catholic then defeated North Catholic 45-36 in the PIAA first round and Port Allegany 70-21 in the second round before losing to Vincentian Academy 68-51 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent, Rachel Burns
Top returning players: Taylor Hood, Tatum Kress, Rebekah Kish, April Bocian
Assistant coach: Kellie O’Brien
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic will be under new direction this season as Chris Mele takes over. The Golden Eagles are looking to keep their strong program going after winning the District 10 Class A championship last winter. Kennedy Catholic will have to replace leaders Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent and Rachel Burns. Ricketts and Burns were voted to the all-region first team as seniors and Sargent to the second team. Ricketts scored 17.4 points per game, while Burns was at 11.2 ppg. Sargent added 13.2 ppg and the three leave a big hole of production. The Golden Eagles have a talented group back, including Taylor Hood, Tatum Kress, Rebekah Kish and April Bocian. Hood scored 7 points per game as a junior to be voted to the all-region second team, while Kish scored 6.6 ppg. Kennedy could also receive contributions from sophomore guard Alivia O’Brien and sophomore transfer Taylor Zacherl. The Golden Eagles have a nice combination between upperclassmen and strong freshmen and sophomore classes. Kennedy Catholic is a Class A powerhouse and if the Golden Eagles can adapt to a new system, they could repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
December
6 Franklin tournament
7 Franklin tournament
9 Neshannock 7:30
13 at Ford City 7:30
19 Center 7:30
21 at Ursuline (Ohio) 1:30
27 Penn State-Beaver tournament
28 Penn State-Beaver tournament
January
6 at Jamestown* 7:30
10 at Grove City 7:30
11 Gateway tournament
13 Reynolds* 7:30
16 Commodore Perry* 7:30
18 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 2:30
20 at Farrell* 7:30
23 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
27 Jamestown* 7:30
30 at Reynolds* 7:30
February
3 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
8 at Girard 2:30
10 Farrell* 7:30
13 Rocky Grove* 7:30
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2013

Jamestown Muskies
Boys
Coach: Scot Vannoy (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 1-20
2012-13 region record: 1-7 (tied for fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top player lost: Alex Boylan
Top returning players: Ryan Livingston, Kyle Melton, Andrew Moss, William Graham, Todd Dupree
Outlook: Jamestown will go in a new direction this season with first-year head coach Scot Vannoy. The Muskies were young and struggled last season with one win. With those struggles came experience and Jamestown is looking to use that experience this winter to improve. The Muskies will have to replace all-region second-team selection Alex Boylan, who scored 15 points per game last winter. Everyone is back for Jamestown, including Ryan Livingston, Kyle Melton, Andrew Moss, William Graham and Todd Dupree. Livingston scored 7.7 points per game as a junior, while Melton, Moss, Graham and Dupree were big contributors as well. Jamestown needs several players to step up this year to replace Boylan’s production. The Muskies are looking to improve and their success will depend on how quickly they buy into a new system. Playing in Region 1 isn’t easy, but Jamestown’s main goal this season is to develop its new system and work toward building for the future.

Schedule
December
6 Jamestown tournament
7 Jamestown tournament
13 at Sharpsville 7:30
18 Wilmington 7:30
23 Calvary Baptist 7:30
26 Greenville tournament
27 Greenville tournament
January
7 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
10 Rocky Grove* 7:30
11 at Maplewood 2:30
14 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
17 VisionQuest* 7:30
21 Cambridge Springs 7:30
24 at Reynolds 7:30
28 at Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
31 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
February
1 Tidioute Charter 2:30
5 Commodore Perry* 7:30
7 at VisionQuest* 7:30
11 at Saegertown 7:30
14 Calvary Baptist 7:30
*Region 1 games

Girls
2012-13 overall record: 0-22
2012-13 region record: 0-10 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach. Once a preview is submitted, this post will be updated.

Schedule
December
6 Grove City tournament
7 Grove City tournament
10 Saegertown 7:30
12 Greenville 7:30
16 at West Middlesex 7:30
17 Maplewood 7:30
26 Greenville tournament
27 Greenville tournament
January
4 Fort LeBoeuf 2:30
6 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
13 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
16 Rocky Grove* 7:30
18 Lakeview 2:30
20 Reynolds* 7:30
23 at Farrell* 7:30
27 at Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
30 Commodore Perry* 7:30
February
3 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
6 at Wilmington 7:30
8 Sharpsville 2:30
10 at Reynolds* 7:30
13 Farrell* 7:30
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2013

Iroquois Braves
Boys
Coach: Brad Bresee (9th season, 64-114)
2012-13 overall record: 10-13
2012-13 region record: 6-8 (tied for fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to West Middlesex 82-44 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Colton Edinger, John Finke, Jaydon Cagnoli, Joe Brown, Mike Hasberry
Top returning players: Matt McLean, Dylan Carpin
Assistant coaches: Art Laird, Adam Majczyk, Mark Maruca, Dominic Pachell
Outlook: Iroquois made its way to the District 10 Class AA playoffs before running into powerhouse West Middlesex. The Braves will need some new players to step up if they want to get back to the postseason in late February. Iroquois will have to replace graduates Colton Edinger, John Finke, Jaydon Cagnoli, Joe Brown and Mike Hasberry as well as Joe Lobenthal, who is not playing this season. Edinger led the Braves with 10.6 points per game last winter to be voted to the all-region second team. Lobenthal scored 9.9 points per game, while Cagnoli had 7.7 ppg and Hasberry scored 7.6 ppg. Finke contributed with 7.2 points per game as a senior. Iroquois averaged 48.5 points per game last year, but 36 of those points per game are gone. The Braves will be young and inexperienced, but a commitment to the system could balance things out. Iroquois returns juniors Matt McLean and Dylan Carpin. McLean scored 4.4 points per game, while Carpin was a contributor as well. The Braves could also receive immediate production from sophomores Jeff Ratiu and Jake Butler. Vince and Collin Maruca transferred to Iroquois in the offseason and could make an impact right away. Iroquois has some work to do in developing depth and replacing most of its production from last year. The Braves aren’t in an easy region with Fairview, Mercyhurst Prep and Seneca among others. If Iroquois can develop quickly, it will be in the mix near the end of the season. If inexperience takes its toll, the Braves still need to come together and work toward the future.

Schedule
December
10 Cochranton 7:30
11 Maplewood 7:30
16 Erie First 7:30
18 Fairview* 7:30
21 Harbor Creek 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
2 North East* 7:30
4 at Seneca* 2:30
8 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
10 at Northwestern* 7:30
11 at Corry 7:30
14 Union City* 7:30
17 at Titusville* 7:30
21 at Fairview* 7:30
24 at Lakeview 7:30
28 at North East* 7:30
31 Seneca* 7:30
February
4 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
7 Northwestern* 7:30
11 at Union City* 7:30
14 Titusville* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Girls
Coach: Scott McFeely (8th season)
2012-13 overall record: 8-14
2012-13 region record: 3-11 (tied for sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Alex Breski, Ashley Cabaday
Top returning players: Mikayla Cagnoli, Tori Gido, Kelsey Miller, Alyssa Jackson, Rosemary Campbell, Allie Kaliszewski, Rebecca Campbell
Assistant coaches: Jeff Bonniger, Tom Crozier, Tod Allen

Rosemary Campbell is a top returning player for an experienced Iroquois team.


Outlook: Region 4 became pretty crowded last year in the first year of a two-year cycle. With the addition of several powers like General McLane and North East made it one of the toughest regions to compete in. Iroquois will look to move up from sixth place and contend for a playoff spot. The Braves have an experienced team back and just have to replace two players. Alex Breski averaged 9.4 points per game as a senior and is gone to graduation along with Ashley Cabaday. Iroquois returns four starters in Tori Gido, Alyssa Jackson, Rosemary Campbell and Allie Kaliszewski. Campbell averaged 7.8 points per game last year and could step up as a leader this season. Mikayla Cagnoli, Kelsey Miller and Rebecca Campbell are also back and all three could contend for the final starting spot and playing time. Iroquois has several big schools on its non-region schedule and will need to prepare hard in camp for a loaded schedule. The Braves have experience and talent, but they need to sharpen up their scoring and depth. If Iroquois can start building confidence this season, they could make it into the top four and earn a postseason spot.

Schedule
December
10 at Lakeview 7:30
12 Rocky Grove 7:30
19 Seneca* 7:30
21 Harbor Creek 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
3 Fairview* 7:30
6 at Northwestern* 7:30
10 at Girard* 7:30
13 at General McLane* 7:30
16 North East* 7:30
20 at Union City* 7:30
21 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
23 at Seneca* 7:30
27 at Fairview* 7:30
29 Maplewood 7:30
30 Northwestern* 7:30
February
3 Girard* 7:30
6 General McLane* 7:30
10 at North East* 7:30
13 Union City* 7:30
19 East 7:30
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 25th, 2013

Hickory Hornets
Boys
Coach: Geoff Evans (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 19-4
2012-13 region record: 15-1 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to East 46-43 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Matt Votino, Vinnie Mastrian, Marcus Sonoga
Top returning players: Anthony Cannone, Donte Green
Assistant coaches: Tom Roskos, Ryan Anderton, Josh Ward, David Jackson
Outlook: Hickory is going in a new direction under former Hornets standout Geoff Evans. He takes over a successful Hickory program looking to contend for the District 10 Class AAA championship. The Hornets will have to replace all-star Matt Votino, who is playing for Mount Union. Votino was named all-district and was voted to the all-region first team and the Region 5 player of the year. Votino scored 17.7 points per game as a senior, while fellow graduates Vinnie Mastrian and Marcus Sonoga scored 7.6 and 7.2 points per game, respectively. All three will be tough to replace as the Hornets took a hit on their depth because of graduation. Hickory returns two starters in Anthony Cannone and Donte Green. Cannone, an all-region second-team selection, scored 12.1 points per game last year and has plenty of experience at the point guard position. He will be counted on to be a leader along with Green, a small forward. Green averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior and could have a big senior year. The Hornets could also receive contributions from seniors Ross Passalinqua and Aaron Connely along with juniors Brandon Rhodes, Nick Tantuo, Andrew Purcell and sophomores Andrew Pryts, Nicky Cannone and Ryan Laverty. Tantuo can be an immediate contributor at the guard position along with Passalinqua, Purcell and Nicky Cannone. Connely measure 6 feet, 4 inches and could be a perfect complement to Green in the post. Hickory won its region last year before being upset by East in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals. Region 5 is one of the toughest regions in D-10 and the Hornets have developed their program to be a perennial contender. With a new system in place with a new coach, Hickory is looking to move forward and contend for the D-10 championship.

Schedule
December
6 Sharpsville tournament
7 Sharpsville tournament
10 at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30
13 Farrell* 7:30
17 at Meadville* 7:30
18 Saegertown 7:30
23 at Maplewood 5:30
January
2 at Grove City* 7:30
4 Oil City* 2:30
7 at Sharon* 7:30
10 Franklin* 7:30
14 Slippery Rock* 7:30
17 at George Junior* 7:30
21 at Farrell* 7:30
24 Meadville* 7:30
28 VisionQuest 7:30
31 Grove City* 7:30
February
4 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Sharon* 7:30
8 at Franklin* 7:30
11 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
14 George Junior* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach: Jeannette Whitehead (18th season, 253-164)
2012-13 overall record: 21-5
2012-13 region record: 10-2 (second)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Warren 58-43 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals before losing to Villa Maria 49-37 in the semifinals. Hickory defeated Mercyhurst Prep 50-43 in the D-10 third-place game before losing to South Park 71-44 in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Julia White, Abby Zreliak
Top returning players: Nikki Arbanas, Brandi Beader, Megan Chess, Holly Grober, Nicole Lacava, Shawna Moore, Jasmine Shephard
Assistant coaches: Bruce Bittler, Roshelle Green, Gary Swanson
Outlook: Hickory has elevated its basketball program to become a perennial contender for the District 10 Class AAA championship. The Hornets ran into Villa Maria in the D-10 semifinals last winter, but they recovered to beat Mercyhurst Prep in the third-place game and reach the PIAA playoffs. Hickory will have two graduates to replace in Julia White and Abby Zreliak. Both were contributors last year and their experience will need to be replace right away. Hickory returns Nikki Arbanas, Brandi Beader, Megan Chess, Holly Grober, Nicole Lacava, Shawna Moore and Jasmine Shephard. Arbanas, Grober, Moore and Shephard are experienced senior leaders, while Beader, Chess and Lacava are juniors. Arbanas, a Youngstown State recruit, scored 18.1 points per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team. Grober is headed to Walsh next year and averaged 15.8 points per game as a junior. She was voted to the all-region first team and the co-region player of the year. Grober went over 1,000 points last year and Arbanas is closing in on the milestone. Lacava averaged 5.6 points per game last season, while Beader scored 5.5 ppg. Jenna Placzek was a contributor for the Hornets but is not playing this season. Hickory could also receive contributions from new players Reganne O’Brien, Heather Grober, Marissa DeJulia, Jordan Wilson and Neely Whitehead. The Hornets have one of the most experienced teams back in Region 5 and look like a strong contender to win the region title. Hickory has one of the top scoring duos in District 10 and this could be the year the Hornets step up and compete for the D-10 Class AAA title. If the Hornets get a little help from the lower levels to build their depth, they will be a tough out this season.

Schedule
December
6 Kittanning tournament
7 Kittanning tournament
10 Rochester 7:30
12 Central Tech 7:30
14 Sharon 7:30
19 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
27 Hickory tournament
28 Hickory tournament
January
2 at Canfield (Ohio) 7:30
6 Franklin* 7:30
8 Youngstown City School (Ohio) 7:30
9 Titusville* 7:30
13 Meadville* 7:30
16 at Oil City* 7:30
20 Grove City* 7:30
23 Slippery Rock* 7:30
25 at Struthers (Ohio) 5
30 at Franklin* 7:30
February
3 at Titusville* 7:30
7 at Meadville* 7:30
10 Oil City* 7:30
13 at Grove City* 7:30
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 24th, 2013

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach: Jason Dolak (5th season, 39-50)
2012-13 overall record: 7-15
2012-13 region record: 5-9 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Joe Zoltowski, Jacob Stanopiewicz, Adam Renshaw
Top returning players: Isaac Mattson, Charlie Mazur, Adam Whitcomb, Zach Mattson
Assistant coaches: Jeff Dolak, Nick Haller, Dan Haller

Adam Whitcomb is a top returning player for an experienced Harbor Creek team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek is looking to become a consistent contender for the playoffs each season. The Huskies seem to always be right one the edge of the postseason and made it to the District 10 playoffs two years ago. Harbor Creek has some work to do this winter to stay competitive and get back to the postseason. The Huskies have to replace all-region sharpshooter Joe Zoltowski, who scored 13.2 points per game last winter, along with Jacob Stanopiewicz and Adam Renshaw. Stanopiewicz scored 10.3 ppg, and Renshaw averaged 2.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The trio scored 26 of Harbor Creek’s 46 points per game last season. The Huskies return a group of players hungry to compete in Region 6. Isaac Mattson, a multisport standout, was injured last season during the third game of the year and did not return. He is a solid senior guard, while classmates Charlie Mazur (guard) and Adam Whitcomb (forward) could be big contributors as well. Sophomore forward Zach Mattson had a big freshman season with 6.4 points per game, while Whitcomb scored 6.3 ppg. Mazur added 5.5 ppg, giving the Huskies a strong foundation to build on from last year. Nick Harayda, Gabe Mattson, Ryan Kaschalk and Nathan Kujan all played in at least 10 varsity games last year and provide depth for the Huskies along with senior Malique Mitchell, who is back after not playing last year. Harbor Creek dealt with plenty of injuries and up and down moments last winter. With all of that behind the Huskies, they have depth and experience back this season. If Harbor Creek can replace the production lost to graduation, they could not only be a tough out in region play, but the Huskies could contend for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
6 at Titusville 7:30
9 Seneca 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 Cathedral Prep 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
January
3 Warren* 7:30
6 at General McLane* 7:30
9 Corry* 7:30
11 Central Tech 4
13 at Strong Vincent* 8:30
17 Girard* 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
23 at East* 7:30
28 at Warren* 7:30
31 General McLane* 7:30
February
3 at Corry* 7:30
6 Strong Vincent* 7:30
8 at Girard* 7:30
11 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
14 East* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach: Mark Corey (3rd season, 26-18)
2012-13 overall record: 14-8
2012-13 region record: 5-5 (fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Tasha Brigham, Sadie Zielinski
Top returning players: Maggie Lawrence, Theresa Fachetti, Tiffany Taccone
Assistant coaches: Bob Rzodkiewicz, Scott Hinman

Theresa Fachetti had a breakout sophomore season last winter and was voted to the all-region first team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek has a little bit of a chip on its shoulder this year after being left out of the playoffs last season. The Huskies finished in fourth place in Region 6, but they were left out for Conneaut. Harbor Creek will have to replace Tasha Brigham and Sadie Zielinski after both graduated in the spring. Zielinski scored 6.1 points per game, and Brigham averaged 3.6 ppg as senior starters. The Huskies have an experienced group back, including junior Theresa Fachetti. She had a breakout sophomore season with 16.3 points per game to be voted to the all-region first team. Fachetti is a returning starter along with Maggie Lawrence and Tiffany Taccone. Lawrence scored 7.4 points per game, and Taccone was at 6.1 ppg last winter. With two starting positions open, Harbor Creek will have competition in practice to fill out the starting lineup. Junior Maddie Carnell and sophomore MacKenzie Kertulis could step in and compete for playing time right away. The Huskies are looking for several younger players to come up big this year and help replace the lost production in Brigham and Zielinski. Harbor Creek is in a brutal region with powerhouses Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria. The Huskies thought they did enough by finishing in fourth place to make the playoffs before District 10 went with Conneaut, which compete in a Class A-AA region. Harbor Creek is looking to not leave any doubt this year by winning more games and finishing higher in the region. If the Huskies keep developing, they will be a team to watch in Region 6.

Schedule
December
9 at Girard 7:30
11 East 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 at McDowell 7:30
19 Central Tech 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
7 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
11 at Seneca 2:30
13 at Villa Maria* 7
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
18 at Cambridge Springs 1:30
20 at Corry* 7:30
23 Warren* 7:30
27 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
30 Villa Maria* 7:30
February
1 at Strong Vincent 3:30
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
8 Fairview 2:30
10 Corry* 7:30
13 at Warren* 7:30
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 24th, 2013

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach: Don Fee (24th season, 404-203)
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 3-13 (eighth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Jordan Dolan, Matt Thrasher, Mack Young
Top returning players: Derek Turner, Foster Reznor, Danny Torok, Colby Polkabla
Assistant coaches: Anthony Leone, Jeff Loughry
Outlook: Grove City went through some growing pains last winter with a young and inexperienced team. The Eagles are hoping to turn that around into a winning season this year. Grove City, under 400-win coach Don Fee, will have to replace Jordan Dolan, Matt Thrasher and Mack Young. All three started at some point last season and played significant minutes. Theasher led the small senior group with 8.8 points per game. The rest of the Eagles are back, including starters Derek Turner, Danny Torok and Foster Reznor. Turner led Grove City in scoring with 13.3 ppg last winter, while Torok scored 9.7 ppg and Reznor added 8 ppg. Colby Polkabla is another returning senior that could contribute for the Eagles this season. Grove City will need some of the younger players to step up and create some depth in a brutal region. Madison Yarletts, Jake Cline, Warren Marlowe, Kaiden Young and Spencer Marnich all played some minutes on the varsity level last year and each could fight for playing time this season. Grove City was a very young team last winter and felt the downside of their youth with only five wins. The Eagles have plenty of experience back and they need to develop quickly. With 16 league games ahead of them, Grove City has little time to build chemistry and each practice will be important.

Schedule
December
6 Kittanning tournament
7 Kittanning tournament
10 at Sharpsville 7:30
13 Franklin* 7:30
17 Oil City* 7:30
20 at Sharon* 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
January
2 Hickory* 7:30
4 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 George Junior* 7:30
10 at Farrell* 7:30
14 Meadville* 7:30
21 at Franklin* 7:30
24 at Oil City* 7:30
28 Sharon* 7:30
31 at Hickory* 7:30
February
4 Slippery Rock* 7:30
6 at George Junior* 7:30
8 Farrell* 7:30
11 at Meadville* 7:30
14 at Central Tech 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach: T.L. Eller (7th season)
2012-13 overall record: 13-10
2012-13 region record: 6-6 (fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Villa Maria 56-13 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Corianne Hyduchak, Arianna Sprando, Hailey Hall, Jenn Ferguson, Jordyn Wyllie, Danyelle Lucido
Assistant coach: Mike Hostetler
Outlook: Grove City was without coach T.L. Eller on maternity leave last season and didn’t have any senior starters. The Eagles still managed to make the playoffs before running into a buzzsaw in Villa Maria. With Eller back and plenty of experience, Grove City is looking for a return trip to the postseason and to surprise a few teams as well. With no starters to replace, the Eagles will have a similar look with Jordyn Wyllie, Danyelle Lucido, Hailey Hall, Corianne Hyduchak, Jenn Ferguson and Arianna Sprando. All six started at some point last year and all six will see significant playing time. Hyduchak led the Eagles with 10.6 points per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team, while Wyllie scored 8.3 ppg and was voted to teh second team. Hyduchak and Wyllie were Grove City’s main scoring threats followed by Ferguson at 5.6 ppg and Sprando at 4.7 ppg. Region 5 will be interesting this season as Franklin was hit hard by graduation and has a new coach, while Slippery Rock has a former coach return and Hickory has several talented players back. Grove City figures to be a part of the playoff picture with an experienced team back, but the Eagles need to keep improving as well. If Grove City can build more chemistry and develop more scoring, the Eagles will be a tough out this year.

Schedule
December
6 Grove City tournament
7 Grove City tournament
10 Mercer 7:30
12 at Sharpsville 7:30
16 Butler 7:30
20 Meadville* 7:30
26 Conneaut tournament
28 Conneaut tournament
January
3 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Titusville* 7:30
7 at Central Tech 7:30
10 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
13 Franklin* 7:30
16 Slippery Rock* 7:30
20 at Hickory* 7:30
23 at Meadville* 7:30
27 Oil City* 7:30
30 at Titusville* 7:30
February
3 at Conneaut 7:30
6 at Franklin* 7:30
10 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
13 Hickory* 7:30
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 23rd, 2013

Greenville Trojans
Boys
Coach: Todd Nehlen (2nd season, 5-17)
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 1-11 (seventh)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Chad Ferguson, Daniel Addison
Top returning players: Luke Houpt, Matt Jones, Tyler Fattman
Assistant coaches: Ron Mutinelli, Jeff Wallace, Brian Brown, Joel Wentling, Kyle Wentling, Chris Clark
Outlook: Greenville is looking to take a step forward this year with its second year under coach Todd Nehlen. The Trojans won five games last year but have plenty of experienced players back. Greenville will have to replace graduates Chad Ferguson and Daniel Addison. Ferguson averaged 5.3 points per game, while Addison scored 3.4 ppg. The Trojans return three starters in seniors Luke Houpt, Matt Jones and Tyler Fattman. All three are at least two-time letter winners and gained valuable experience in the fall during football season. Greenville also returns senior Trey VanAken along with juniors Andy Jones, Ben Reiser, Christian Riggle, Devan Zavala and sophomores Aaron Emmett and Trent McErlane. The 10 returning players could all battle for playing time this winter. Houpt led the Trojans in scoring last season at 9.1 points per game, while Matt Jones scored six points per game. Fattman averaged 5.8 ppg, and Emmett averaged 5.2 ppg. The Trojans have one of the more experienced teams in Region 2 this season and could surprise along the way. Greenville has the talent to improve on its five-win season from a year ago and could contend for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
6 Sharpsville tournament
7 Sharpsville tournament
10 at Rocky Grove 7:30
13 Commodore Perry 7:30
20 at Lakeview* 7:30
27 Greenville tournament
28 Greenville tournament
January
2 at Conneaut 7:30
4 Reynolds* 7:30
7 Mercer* 7:30
10 West Middlesex* 7:30
14 at Wilmington* 7:30
17 Sharpsville* 7:30
21 Lakeview* 7:30
24 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
28 Erie First 7:30
31 at Reynolds* 7:30
February
4 at Mercer* 7:30
7 at West Middlesex* 7:30
11 Wilmington* 7:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
18 Conneaut 7:30
*Region 2 games

Girls
2012-13 overall record: 7-15
2012-13 region record: 3-9 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach. Once a preview is submitted, this post will be updated.

Schedule
December
6 Grove City tournament
7 Grove City tournament
11 Oil City 7:30
12 at Jamestown 7:30
16 at Lakeview* 7:30
27 Greenville tournament
28 Greenville tournament
January
2 Sharpsville* 7:30
6 at West Middlesex* 7:30
8 Cochranton 7:30
11 at Sharon* 2:30
13 Mercer* 7:30
18 at Slippery Rock 12:30
20 Wilmington* 7:30
23 Lakeview* 7:30
25 Seneca 11 a.m.
27 at Sharpsville* 7:30
30 West Middlesex* 7:30
February
3 Sharon* 7:30
5 at Mercer* 7:30
11 at Strong Vincent 7:30
13 at Wilmington* 7:30
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 21st, 2013

Girard YellowJackets
Boys
Coach: Darrin Mayes (15th season, 241-120)
2012-13 overall record: 21-6
2012-13 region record: 12-2 (co-champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Sharon 47-43 and Strong Vincent 46-39 in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs before losing to General McLane 47-44 in the D-10 championship. Girard then defeated Mars 66-62 in the PIAA first round before losing to Montour 48-38 in the second round.
Top players lost: Kendall Bonnett, Alex Cruz, A.J. Dibble, Troy Dreistadt, Joe Swanson
Top returning players: Joe Dunn, Nason McCall, Buster Johnston, Jeff Little
Assistant coaches: Steve Huefner, Rob Beam, Chris Fenner, Alex Cruz, Joe Swanson
Outlook: Girard lost a heartbreaker to rival General McLane last year in the District 10 Class AAA championship. The YellowJackets then impressed in the PIAA playoffs before running into Montour. Girard has one of the top Class AAA teams back this season, but they will have to replace Kendall Bonnett, Alex Cruz, A.J. Dibble, Troy Dreistadt and Joe Swanson. Swanson scored 15.4 points per game to be voted to the all-region first team, while Bonnett scored 9.4 ppg to be voted to the second team. Girard will also have to overcome the loss of Brian McNally, who tore his meniscus in football season and won’t be back. The ‘Jackets return Joe Dunn, Nason McCall, Buster Johnston and Jeff Little. Dunn scored 11.2 points per game as a junior to be voted to the all-region second team, while McCall added 3.8 ppg. Girard could also receive contributions from juniors Dylan Brandon, Cody Dinger, Ben Koerber, Cody O’Brien and Jared Orr. The ‘Jackets are in a brutal region and play several big non-region games. Losing McNally and the players gone to graduation is tough to overcome, but Girard has the talent to make another run at the D-10 title.

Schedule
December
6 Lakeview tournament
7 Lakeview tournament
11 Cambridge Springs 7:30
14 at Central Tech 7:30
18 at Conneaut 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
3 at Corry* 7:30
7 Warren* 7:30
9 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
11 McDowell 7:30
14 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
17 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
21 East* 7:30
24 General McLane* 7:30
28 Corry* 7:30
31 at Warren* 7:30
February
4 Strong Vincent* 7:30
6 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
8 Harbor Creek* 7:30
11 at East* 7:30
14 at General McLane* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach: Larry Seneta (36th season, 730-252)
2012-13 overall record: 17-6
2012-13 region record: 10-4 (third)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Mercer 45-34 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Harlie Bolt, Shannon Allen
Top returning players: Mackenzie Bonnett, Maria Welch, Lauren Davenport, Samantha Dunn, Jordan Mascaro, Carly Byham, Rylie Bolt, Alexis Dudas, Sara Adamszek
Assistant coaches: Jeff DiFucci, Brian Gimber, Bob Ryan, Stacie Sampsell, Brittany Younkins, Pat Wright
Outlook: Girard is a team to watch in Class AA this season with plenty of experience back. The YellowJackets will have to replace Harlie Bolt and Shannon Allen after both graduated in the spring. Bolt averaged 6.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a senior, while Allen had 7.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Girard has a strong group back, including all-region selection Maria Welch. She averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while senior Mackenzie Bonnett is another returning starter. Lauren Davenport started as a freshman and is back, while the final two starting spots will be decided in practice. Samantha Dunn is a solid player that returns and could contend for playing time after contributing on the varsity level last year. Rylie Bolt, Jordan Mascaro, Carly Byham, Alexis Dudas and Sara Adamaszek are back and will vie for playing time this season. Dana Gimber, Mary Kerner return as junior looking to contribute, while freshmen Paige Carnes and Emma Oas are players to watch as well. The ‘Jackets are in a wide-open region with North East being hit hard by graduation and General McLane losing some key players as well. Seneca is in the mix and Girard and Fairview make the region deep with playoff contenders. Girard has one of the more experienced teams in the region and the ability to win a region title and make a run in the D-10 Class AA playoffs. Welch, Bonnett and Davenport are solid players and could be big-time leaders for the ‘Jackets. If Girard can get some support from new players and the lower levels, they might develop into the favorite in D-10 Class AA.

Schedule
December
9 Harbor Creek 7:30
14 McDowell 2:30
17 at Cambridge Springs 7:30
20 General McLane* 7:30
23 Northwestern* 7:30
28 Corry tournament
30 Corry tournament
January
6 at North East* 7:30
10 Iroquois* 7:30
13 at Fairview* 7:30
16 Union City* 7:30
18 at Sharon 2:30
20 at Seneca* 7:30
23 at General McLane* 7:30
25 at Sharpsville 2:30
27 at Northwestern* 7:30
30 North East* 7:30
February
3 at Iroquois* 7:30
6 Fairview* 7:30
8 Kennedy Catholic 2:30
10 at Union City* 7:30
13 Seneca* 7:30
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 20th, 2013

General McLane Lancers
Boys
Coach: Brian Schulz (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 22-6
2012-13 region record: 12-2 (co-champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Farrell 70-55, East 76-50 and Girard 47-44 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. General McLane then defeated Thomas Jefferson 67-42 in the PIAA first round and Beaver 69-54 in the second round. General McLane lost to Montour 42-40 in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Jaymon Mason, Quinn Thompson
Top returning players: Lukas Hallett, Clay Smith, Brett Kulka
Assistant coaches: Kellen O’Neill, Tim Banks, Kevin Wible, Luke Jahn
Outlook: General McLane had several big losses from last year’s District 10 Class AAA championship team. The Lancers graduated District 10 Player of the Year Jaymon Mason along with big man Quinn Thompson and legendary coach Andy Schulz. Mason is one of the top scorers in General McLane history and is at Edinboro this winter. Thompson is playing football at UConn, while Schulz’s son Brian is taking over as the new head coach. Brian Schulz will have to deal with plenty of pressure from replacing his dad to keeping the program at a high level. Mason and Thompson were voted to the all-region first team as seniors as Mason scored 26.8 points per game, and Thompson averaged 13 ppg. The two combined for more than half of McLane’s scoring last year and will be tough to replace. The Lancers return three starters in Lukas Hallett, Clay Smith and Brett Kulka. Hallett is a quick point guard that scored 8 points per game last winter, while Smith scored 9.2 ppg. Kulka emerged as a threat in the paint, especially in the playoffs. The three bring back plenty of experience, but the Lancers will need some help from the lower levels to remain competitive in Class AAA. Cullen McKissock is back as a senior and saw some playing time on the varsity last season along with juniors Greg Streiff, Paul Jones and Peter Solberg. The Lancers, once again, loaded up their schedule with brutal non-conference games and will be battle-tested in region play. McLane has plenty of work to do in replacing Mason, Thompson and its coach. The Lancers will likely run a similar system under Brian Schulz and the players know him well as he was the junior varsity coach over the past few years. If McLane can get some help from the younger players, the Lancers could stay in contention for the region title and maybe surprise a few teams late in the season.

Schedule
December
6 Fairview tournament
7 Fairview tournament
10 at Central Tech 7:30
13 Union City 7:30
20 East* 7:30
27 Northwestern tournament
28 Northwestern tournament
January
3 at McDowell 7:30
6 Harbor Creek* 7:30
9 at Warren* 7:30
11 Cathedral Prep 7:30
14 Corry* 7:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 Strong Vincent* 7:30
24 at Girard* 7:30
28 at East* 7:30
31 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
February
4 Warren* 7:30
6 at Corry* 7:30
8 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
10 at Strong Vinent* 7:30
14 Girard* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach: Sarah Jay (3rd season, 40-12)
2012-13 overall record: 23-4
2012-13 region record: 13-1 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Saegertown 54-25 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Mercer 56-42 in the semifinals. General McLane then lost to North East 38-36 in the District 10 Class AA championship. General McLane defeated Jeanette 51-34 in the PIAA first round before losing to Bishop Canevin 54-36 in the second round.
Top players lost: Lindsey Jahn, Katie Clark
Top returning players: Louisa Lytle, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn, Laura Schaefer, Celeste Seidel
Assistant coaches: Kelsey Agresti, Kelly Lewis
Outlook: General McLane had plenty of success last winter, making its way to the District 10 Class AA championship game before falling to North East. The Lancers also won their first PIAA playoff game, building experience for this season. McLane will have to replace all-region selections Lindsey Jahn and Katie Clark. Jahn averaged 11.2 points per game last season to be voted to the all-region first team, while Clark scored nine points per game to make the second team. Both leave big holes for the experienced Lancers to fill. McLane returns Louisa Lytle, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn, Laura Schaefer and Celeste Seidel. Michelle Jahn led the Lancers with 12.7 ppg game last winter to be voted to the all-region first team, while Rodrigues scored 8.2 ppg to make the second team. Seidel chipped in for the Lancers with 5.2 ppg last year. Rodrigues has 424 career points, while Michelle Jahn is at 502 as a junior and is on her way to reaching 1,000 next year. Laura Schaefer and Louisa Lytle are also back for the Lancers, while junior Lisa Yoder and sophomore Katie Browning could contribute as well this season. Another loss was Bethany Miller, who moved out of the district. The Lancers’ program has managed to stay at a high level recently and they are a likely contender for the D-10 Class AA title this season. McLane needs someone to step up as a leader to replace Lindsey Jahn, who is on the roster at Edinboro. If the Lancers can develop leadership and find a few new players to help, they will be a tough team to beat in the region and in the playoffs.

Schedule
December
6 Sharon tournament
7 Sharon tournament
10 East 7:30
14 at Strong Vincent 3:30
16 Fairview* 7:30
20 at Girard* 7:30
27 Hickory tournament
28 Hickory tournament
January
2 Union City* 7:30
6 at Fairview* 7:30
10 at North East* 7:30
13 Iroquois* 7:30
16 at Seneca* 7:30
20 Northwestern* 7:30
23 Girard* 7:30
25 at Corry 7:30
27 at Union City* 7:30
30 at McDowell 7:30
February
3 North East* 7:30
6 at Iroquois* 7:30
10 Seneca* 7:30
13 at Northwestern* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Later today: Girard

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 20th, 2013

Franklin Knights
Boys
Coach: Casey McCloskey (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 12-10
2012-13 region record: 10-6 (tied for fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Noah Jones, Logan Mooney, Tyrell Burley
Top returning players: Kyle Ritchey, Isaiah Rutherford, Clayton Maxon, Isaac Drain
Assistant coaches: C.P. Mooney, Pat Adams
Outlook: Franklin will be under direction this season as Casey McCloskey, a former Cathedral Prep star basketball player, has been hired as the new coach of the Knights. McCloskey inherits a solid team of returning players, but he will have to find some replacements in camp for Noah Jones, Logan Mooney and Tyrell Burley. The two were standout players last year, including Jones being selected to the all-region first team. Jones averaged 14.7 points per game, while Mooney was at 3.6 ppg and Burley scored 8.3 ppg. The Knights have a strong group back in Kyle Ritchey, Isaiah Rutherford, Clayton Maxon and Isaac Drain. Ritchey, Maxon and Rutherford are returning senior starters, while Drain is a junior that’ll compete for a starting spot. Maxon averaged 8.8 ppg, while Rutherford scored 6.1 points per game. Franklin could also receive contributions from seniors Nate Cardy, Dexter Smith and Ryan Madden along with juniors Zach Guth and Ty Mooney and sophomore Kyle Russel. The Knights are athletic and have some experience to draw on this winter. Competing in Region 5 is never easy and each night could present new challenges for the Knights. Franklin will need to get some help from the lower levels and buy into a new system right away. The Knights don’t have a lot of time to adapt with a large region schedule. Franklin seems to be a playoff contender each year and experience could put the Knights back in the postseason in late February.

Schedule
December
6 Franklin tournament
7 Franklin tournament
13 at Grove City* 7:30
17 George Junior* 7:30
20 at Oil City* 7:30
27 Franklin tournament
28 Franklin tournament
January
2 Farrell* 7:30
4 at Sharon* 7:30
7 Meadville* 7:30
10 at Hickory* 7:30
11 Bishop Canevin 2:30
17 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
21 Grove City* 7:30
24 at George Junior* 7:30
28 Oil City* 7:30
31 at Farrell* 7:30
February
4 Sharon* 7:30
6 at Meadville* 7:30
8 Hickory* 7:30
11 Cathedral Prep 7:30
14 Slippery Rock* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach: Ryan Justice (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 26-2
2012-13 region record: 12-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Conneaut 68-33, Mercyhurst Prep 60-45 and Villa Maria 48-47 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. Franklin then defeated Ligonier Valley 66-46 in the PIAA first round and Elizabeth Forward 65-45 in the second round. Franklin lost to South Park 61-43 in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Laken Shields, Hayley Andres, Mara Benvenuti, Tenasia Law
Top returning players: Angelina Starr, Becca Gravatt, Abby Jones, Julie Pfeiffer, Julia Gabrys, Cynthia Hoover
Assistant coaches: Kristin Rynd, Larry Grill
Outlook: Like the boys, the Franklin girls have a new coach after the retirement of legendary coach Bill Hager. Ryan Justice takes over after spending a few years as an assistant at North Clarion and a graduate assistant coach at Clarion. Justice has some experience back to utilize, but the Knights have some big holes to fill after graduation. Franklin lost Laken Shields, Hayley Andres, Mara Benvenuti and Tenasia Law. Andres averaged 10.5 points per game last winter to be voted to the all-region first team, while Law and Benvenuti were voted to the second team. Law averaged 10 points per game, and Benvenuti scored 9.2 ppg. Shields added 5.6 points per game as a senior. With plenty of production gone to graduation, the Knights could lean on what experience they have back. Angelina Starr, Becca Gravatt, Abby Jones, Julie Pfeiffer, Julia Gabrys and Cynthia Hoover all return this season. Starr scored 16 points per game last season to be named all-district and was voted to the all-region first team and the Region 5 player of the year. She has the ability to step forward as a leader along with fellow seniors Pfeiffer, Hoover and Gabrys. Gravatt and Jones are up and coming juniors for the Knights. Gravatt scored 6.6 points per game as a sophomore, while Jones has plenty of potential in the paint. Starr, Gravatt and Jones look like starters this season with the other two spots up for grabs in camp. The Knights have some work to do with developing in a new system and finding players to replace the production gone to graduation. Franklin has the talent to win the region and make the playoffs, but their success will come down to how quickly they adapt to a new coach.

Schedule
December
6 Franklin High School
7 Franklin High School
11 Sharon 7:30
14 Oakland Catholic 2:30
20 Titusville* 7:30
21 Corry 2:30
26 Conneaut tournament
28 Conneaut tournament
January
3 Slippery Rock* 7:30
4 at Bishop Canevin 2:30
6 at Hickory* 7:30
10 Oil City* 7:30
13 at Grove City* 7:30
16 Meadville* 7:30
18 Cardinal O’Hara (N.Y.) 1
23 at Titusville* 7:30
27 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
30 Hickory* 7:30
February
1 Seneca Valley 7:30
3 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Grove City* 7:30
10 at Meadville* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Later today: General McLane

–Tom Reisenweber

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