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Posted: November 17th, 2012

Mercyhurst Prep Lakers
Boys
Coach (season, record): Sean Baer (3rd season, 38-15)
2011-12 overall record: 24-3
2011-12 region record (place): 9-1 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Wilmington 57-15, Saegertown 70-24 and North East 41-30 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Mercyhurst then defeated Shady Side Academy in the first round of the PIAA playoffs before losing to Monessen 46-40 in the second round.
Top players lost: Dwayne Canady, Anthony Malone, Casey Shelton, Steve Wagner
Top returning players: Alex Borges, Carl Anderson, Sam Corritore, Alex Johnson
Assistant coaches: Dave Stolar, Nick Stolar, Bill Carideo, Dave Williams
Outlook: Mercyhurst Prep will need to find some leadership in camp this year. The Lakers were hit hard by graduation, including the loss of Dwayne Canady, Anthony Malone, Casey Shelton and Steve Wagner. Shelton was voted to the all-region first team, while Malone was a second-team selection. Mercyhurst came together and peaked at the right time to win the District 10 Class AA championship. The Lakers will have some experience back. Senior forward Alex Borges is one of the top big men in the area while classmate Carl Anderson is a solid complement. Both are three-year varsity players and will be counted on to lead a young team. Sam Corritore and Alex Johnson could also provide senior leadership for the Lakers. Mercyhurst could receive big contributions from Josh Bojewski, Rocco Agnello and Aaron Haas as well. Haas could step into a starting role at point guard. Mercyhurst found plenty of success last year with a strong defense and the Lakers may need to play at a high level defensively to repeat that success. Mercyhurst’s program is strong enough to stay competitive with the usual Class AA powers and the addition of West Middlesex, but the younger Lakers must adapt to the varsity level quickly.

Schedule
December
7-8 Neshannock tournament
11 at Sharon 7:30
15 McDowell 7:30
18 at Bradford 7:30
21 at Titusville* 7:30
27-28 North Allegheny tournament
January
3 at Northwestern* 7:30
5 North East* 7:30
9 Iroquois* 7:30
11 Fairview* 7:30
15 at Seneca* 7:30
18 at Union City* 7:30
22 Titusville* 7:30
29 Northwestern* 7:30
February
1 at North East* 7:30
5 at Iroquois* 7:30
8 at Fairview* 7:30
12 Seneca* 7:30
13 Central Tech 7:30
15 Union City* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Dan Perfetto (7th season, 146-25)
2011-12 overall record: 24-2
2011-12 region record (place): 14-0 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Grove City 48-26 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals before losing to Franklin 39-33 in the semifinals. Mercyhurst then defeated General McLane 53-36 in the D-10 third-place game. Mercyhurst lost to Hopewell 51-23 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Amanda Berchtold, Kayla Wilwohl, Alissa Robbins
Top returning players: Brenna Robbins, Elysha Chrzanowski, Erika Woll, Rachel Shopene, Annie Popoff, Emily Stoicovy, Madison Steiner, Chloe Wright
Assistant coaches: Jen Crawford, Jeff Orlando, Mashea Williams
Outlook: Mercyhurst Prep will be an interesting team to watch this season. The Lakers only graduated three players but all three provided strong leadership for Mercyhurst. Amanda Berchtold and Kayla Wilwohl led the Lakers at the guard position and Robbins was solid off the bench. Berchtold was voted the Region 6 Player of the Year and to the all-region first team. She was also named to the all-district team. Wilwohl was voted to the all-region second team. The three leave big holes to fill but Mercyhurst does have some experience back. Division I recruit Brenna Robbins, an all-region first-team selection returns. She provides senior leadership and has committed to Longwood. She is joined in the post by Elysha Chrzanowski while sophomore Annie Popoff is another returning starter. Juniors Erika Woll and Rachel Shopene will contend for playing time along with sophomores Emily Stoicovy, Madison Steinder and Chloe Wright. The Lakers have speed and a solid post presence but rebuilding leadership roles and guard play will be key. District 10 is down to two spots in the PIAA playoffs and the addition of Villa Maria in Class AAA makes for possibly three showdowns between the Lakers and Victors. If Mercyhurst can develop some leaders and build chemistry among a young team, the Lakers might turn into the team to beat in Class AAA.

Schedule
December
13 at Strong Vincent 7:30
16 East 6
17 Bradford 7:30
22 Blackhawk 3:30
27-29 Mercy tournament (Md.)
January
5 Central Tech 4:30
8 Harbor Creek* 7:30
10 at Villa Maria* 8:30
15 Warren* 7:30
21 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
25 at Corry* 7:30
26 at Montour 5:30
28 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
31 at Warren* 7:30
February
5 Villa Maria* 7:30
8 at Altoona 7:30
9 at Hollidaysburg 2:30
11 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
14 Corry* 7:30
16 McDowell 7
*Region 6 games

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