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Posts tagged "Central Tech basketball"
Posted: October 29th, 2013

Central Tech Falcons
Coach: Tom Koval (8th season, 84-82)
2012-13 overall record: 17-6
2012-13 region record: 2-2 (second)
2012-13 playoffs results: Lost to McDowell 69-55 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Eugene Husband, Francis Nosant, Deishaaron Gilmore, Kiev Williams, Bruce Tate
Top returning player: Malik Brinson
Assistant coaches: Lou Strelecki, Craig Fomich

Malik Brinson, left, will be a big part of the Falcons this season. Coach Tom Koval is on the right.

Outlook: Central Tech is another team with plenty of questions coming into the season. The Falcons were gutted by graduation, losing Eugene Husband, Francis Nosant, Deishaaron Gilmore, Kiev Williams and Bruce Tate. Husband was a three-year starter, who finished with 1,256 career points and was voted to the all-region team and the region player of the year as a senior. Nosant is another three-year starter that averaged 8.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while Gilmore was voted to the all-region team after averaging 14 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last year. The Falcons return junior Malik Brinson, who had a breakout sophomore season. The guard is a solid outside shooter and could turn into one of the top players in the city this season. Central will have to fill in the rest of the lineup with younger players and upperclassmen that didn’t see a lot of playing time last year. Kareem Ferguson, Josh Wells, Anthony Tracy and Romellow McKnight all saw limited playing time last year, while Jalen Mitchell, Rodney Eddy, Aaron Ruf, Shay’Marr Gould, Julio Quiles, Justice Davis, Tevin Morganfield and Mauryon Bowers could step up from the junior varsity team last winter. The lower levels have developed well at Central the past few years and the program could be strong enough to withstand a massive graduation like this past spring. The Falcons have high expectations, once again, this season. Central Tech loaded up its non-region schedule with Erie County powers and will even get a shot at Erie First. The Falcons need to develop experience and composure right away to make a run at the region and district titles.

6 Meadville tournament
7 Meadville tournament
10 General McLane 7:30
12 at Corry 7:30
14 Girard 7:30
17 at East 7:30
20 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
23 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
27 DuBois tournament
28 DuBois tournament
3 at Cathedral Prep* 7:30
9 McDowell* 7:30
11 Harbor Creek 4
16 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
18 University Prep 7
19 Middle Early College (Ohio) 7
23 Erie First 7:30
27 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
7 at McDowell* 7:30
8 Meadville 7:30
12 Strong Vincent 7:30
14 Grove City 7:30
*Region 7 games

Coach: Nick DeSantis (35th season)
2012-13 overall record: 10-14
2012-13 region record: 3-3 (tied for second)
2012-13 playoffs results: Defeated East 54-49 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals before losing to McDowell 49-26 in the District 10 championship.
Top players lost: Makayla Clayton, Kelsey Watson
Top returning players: Abby Klemm, Noelle Vallimont, Jada Dixon, Jordyn Williams, Janiyah Wayne, Maria Winarski
Assistant coaches: Bryan Lewis, Maniqua Williams, Kevin Wagner
Outlook: Central Tech made its way to the District 10 Class AAAA championship game last winter before running into McDowell. With two starters back and several players with experience, Central is looking to keep improving this season. The Falcons will have to overcome the loss of Makayla Clayton and Kelsey Watson. Both were contributors to last year’s team and will need to be replaced right away. Clayton was voted to the all-region second team last winter. Central Tech returns starters Abby Klemm and Noelle Vallimont along with Jada Dixon, Jordyn Williams, Janiyah Wayne and Maria Winarski. Klemm was voted to the all-region first team, while Vallimont was voted to the second team. All six returning players could be impact players, while the Falcons could receive some help from new players Mia Kraus, Kali Laskowski, Courtney Barney, Kayla DePalma, Alexis Rivera and Lexi Ednie. The Falcons could be without all-region starter Hannah Sebastian who is not playing this season. Central Tech made strides last winter and competed with more teams than usual. The Falcons are still young with only one senior, but they are headed in the right direction. Central needs some help from the younger players in stepping up for the graduation losses. If the Falcons can continue to grow, they could find themselves back in the D-10 championship game with another shot at McDowell.

6 Meadville tournament
7 Meadville tournament
11 at Corry 7:30
12 Hickory 7:30
16 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
19 at Harbor Creek 7:30
23 at Seneca 7:30
27 Hickory tournament
28 Hickory tournament
2 McDowell* 7:30
4 Mercyhurst Prep 4:30
7 Grove City 7:30
9 at East* 7:30
11 at Warren 7:30
15 at North East 7:30
18 at Meadville 2:30
19 North (Ohio) 1:45
23 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
27 at McDowell* 7:30
1 Villa Maria 7:30
6 East* 7:30
13 Strong Vincent* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Wednesday: Cochranton

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 4th, 2013

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: October 23rd, 2012

Central Tech Falcons
Coach (season, record): Tom Koval (7th season, 67-76)
2011-12 overall record: 11-12
2011-12 region record (place): 10-4 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Hickory 52-49 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Marquel Hilliard
Top returning players: Eugene Husband, Francis Nosant, Kiev Williams, Josh Muhammad, Bruce Tate
Assistant coaches: Craig Fomich, Lou Strelecki, Khyl Horton, Darrell Roberts
Outlook: Central Tech continues to grow its program and could take a huge step this season. The Falcons have made the District 10 Class AAA playoffs the past two years and will a bigger challenge in Class AAAA. Central was forced up because of enrollment and will have to beat out Cathedral Prep and McDowell to win the region and district titles. The Falcons lost emotional leader Marquel Hilliard to graduation but return a solid group. Eugene Husband is one of the best pure shooters in District 10 and is 115 points away from reaching 1,000. He averaged 16.2 points and 3.7 steals per game last winter on his way to being voted to the all-region first team. Francis Nosant, Kiev Williams, Josh Muhammad and Bruce Tate are all back as well. Nosant averaged 11 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game to receive all-region second-team status. Williams, a 6-3 senior, scored 6.6 points per game, while Muhammad and Tate are both 6-2 seniors. With all of the experience back, the Falcons will also be bolstered by several new players. Josh Wells, a 6-4 junior forward, was a solid player for the junior varsity last fall, while junior Kareem Ferguson is back as well. He saw some minutes on the varsity level and was impressive on the jv team. Sophomore Malik Brinson, the younger brother of former Falcon Keith wallace, could contribute right away along with Glen Mills transfer Deishaaron Gilmore, a 6-6 senior center. He is an unknown talent right now but could be a suitable replacement for Hilliard.

Central has proven itself over the past few years and has emerged as a steady contender. The Falcons aren’t the dark horse team but the expected contender. With plenty of seniors this year, Central is looking to make a run at knocking off Prep and McDowell. Husband and Nosant are three-year starters for the Falcons and if they can get support from the younger players, Central will be a formidable team in the playoffs. Part of growing the program has been not being afraid to load its schedule with quality teams. Outside of four huge region games with Prep and McDowell, Central will take on General McLane, Meadville, DuBois, Grove City, Mercyhurst Prep and will play two games in the MLK Showcase.

7-8 Meadville tournament
11 at General McLane 7:30
13 Corry 7:30
15 at Girard 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
28-29 DuBois tournament
4 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
8 at McDowell* 7:30
12 DuBois 2:30
16 East 7:30
19-20 MLK Classic
26 at Strong Vincent 7
28 at Cathedral Prep* 8:30
1 Bradford 7:30
2 at Harbor Creek 7:30
8 McDowell* 7:30
9 at Meadville 7:30
13 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
15 at Grove City 7:30
*Region 7 games

Coach (season): Nick DeSantis (36th season)
2011-12 overall record: 7-15
2011-12 region record (place): 4-2 (second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 56-18 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Central then lost to Baldwin 56-13 in a PIAA play-in game.
Top players lost: Christina Winarski, Maggie Tarasovitch, Christine Demski
Top returning players: Kelsey Watson, Makayla Clayton, Noelle Vallimont, Hannah Sebastian, Lexi Spizarny
Assistant coaches: Bryan Lewis, Bob Izbicki, Brigeeta Wagner, Kate Crawford, Kate Crawford, Maniqua Williams
Outlook: Central saw some success last year by reaching the District 10 Class AAAA championship and the PIAA playoffs. The Falcons will be young this season but experienced. Central will have to replace Christina Winarski, Maggie Tarasovitch and Christine Demski. Tarasovitch was voted to the all-region first team last winter, while Winarski was named to the second team. Despite those losses, the Falcons have a solid group to lean on. Junior Noelle Vallimont, a first-team selection, returns along with Makayla Clayton, a second-team pick. Kelsey Warson, Hannah Sebastian and Lexi Spizarny are back along with sophomores Julia Bickerstaff, Jaida Dixon, Abby Klemm, Kali Laskowski, Janiyah Wayne and Jordyn Williams. If the Falcons can develop the younger players, Central could return to the D-10 championship. Central has a solid schedule, including a trip to Florida for the KSA tournament.

7-8 Meadville tournament
13 Corry 7:30
15 at Hickory 2:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
20 Harbor Creek 7:30
22 at Grove City 2:30
27-29 KSA tournament (Florida)
3 at McDowell* 7:30
5 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
7 at Meadville 7:30
10 East* 7:30
12 Warren 7:30
19 at Meadville 7:30
24 Strong Vincent* 7:30
28 McDowell* 7:30
30 at Seneca 7:30
2 at Villa Maria 7:30
7 at East* 7:30
14 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Wednesday: Cochranton

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 24th, 2011

Maggie Tarasovitch

Tarasovitch didn’t waste any time in her first game back from injury this season.

The 5-foot 9-inch guard/forward scored 18 points in a 43-31 non-region win over Corry.

Tarasovitch, a junior, had double hernia surgery earlier in the school year and missed the Falcons’ season-opening tournament appearance in Meadville.

She also scored nine points in a 30-27 loss to Fairview Monday.

Poll results below:

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Posted: October 26th, 2011

Central Tech Falcons
Coach (season, record): Tom Koval (6th season, 56-64)
2010-11 overall record: 14-9
2010-11 region record (place): 11-3 (third)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 49-45 to Franklin in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Keith Wallace, Jeremiah Edwards
Top returning players: Eugene Husband, Francis Nosant, Marquel Hilliard
Assistant coaches: Craig Fomich, Lou Strelecki, Kirk Seth, Steven Mooney
Outlook: Central Tech’s program is on the rise and despite the loss of two leaders to graduation, the Falcons will be tough again this winter. Central lost Keith Wallace and Jeremiah Edwards to graduation but the Falcons have everyone else back. Eugene Husband led Central with 13.2 points per game as a sophomore and is one of the top pure shooters in the area. He is joined by Marquel Hilliard, a force in the paint, and 6-foot 5-inch Francis Nosant. Nosant led the Falcons in blocks last season and makes up a solid duo with Hilliard at the forward position. Bruce Tate and Dwayne Roberts will also vie for playing time on the varsity level.

Central Tech made its way through a brutal Region 7 schedule to finish third behind General McLane and East. The Falcons bolstered their non-region schedule once again to prepare for the region season. Central will take on defending PIAA Class AAAA champion Chester and New York power Aquinas Institute in the Martin Luther King Classic. The Falcons will also take on Class AAAA teams Cathedral Prep, McDowell and Strong Vincent this winter. Central beat McDowell and Vincent last year to help build the program. The Falcons suffered a tough first-round playoff loss to eventual D-10 champion Franklin and they are hoping to get back to postseason for another chance.

17 at Corry* 7:30
20 Harbor Creek* 7:30
22 McDowell 7:30
29-30 DuBois tournament
3 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
6 Girard* 7:30
10 East* 7:30
13 at Warren* 7:30
14 Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) 7:30
15 Chester 9
17 General McLane* 7:30
19 Corry* 7:30
21 at Harbor Creek* 1
24 Strong Vincent 7:30
27 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
31 at Girard* 7:30
3 at East* 7:30
10 Cathedral Prep 7:30
14 Warren* 7:30
17 at General McLane* 7:30
18 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30

Coach (season): Nick DeSantis (35th season overall, 20th season at Central)
2010-11 overall record: 10-12
2010-11 region record (place): 4-2 (second)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 48-36 to East in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Samantha Courteau, Jasmine Hoover, DaiZ’ha Page, Erica Wilkinson
Top returning players: Christina Winarski, Maggie Tarasovitch, Christine Demski
Assistant coaches: Bryan Lewis, Bob Izbicki
Outlook: Central Tech will be an interesting team this winter. The Falcons will be pretty young after losing four senior starters to graduation and only a few players from last year’s varsity team back. Maggie Tarasovtich and Christine Demski saw plenty of playing time last year, while Christina Winarski is a returning senior that can bring some leadership to the team. The Falcons will need to develop as the season goes on with a young and inexperienced team. What helps is the rest of the region is pretty inexperienced too giving Central a chance to compete for the region title. The key will be getting by McDowell this winter which isn’t easy to do.

9-10 Meadville tournament
15 Corry 7:30
19 at Fairview 7:30
23 Warren 7:30
28-29 Gilmour tournament
6 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
16 Hickory 7:30
20 McDowell* 7:30
23 Strong Vincent* 7:30
26 at East* 7:30
30 Grove City 7:30
2 at Lakeview 7:30
4 Harbor Creek 7:30
9 at McDowell* 7:30
10 at Hickory 7:30
13 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
16 East* 7:30

Thursday: Cochranton

– Tom Reisenweber

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