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Posts tagged "Lakeview basketball"
Posted: November 26th, 2013

Lakeview Sailors
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.

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
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
4 West Middlesex* 7:30
7 at Rocky Grove 7:30
11 Sharpsville* 7:30
14 Mercer* 7:30
*Region 2 games

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.

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
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
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: March 16th, 2013

Coty Gander

Lakeview has two standout 1,000-point scorers in Dalton Boggs and Casey Greggs, but big man Coty Gander continues to make his mark on this magical playoff run for the Sailors.

Gander, a 6-foot 2-inch senior center, hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to clinch an exciting 44-40 win over Quaker Valley in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

He scored 10 points in the win and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Gander then scored 15 points to lead Lakeview to a 49-41 upset of Greensburg Central Catholic in the second round.


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Posted: March 8th, 2013
Casey Greggs

Casey Greggs was ready to make a statement for Lakeview’s up-and-coming boys basketball program.

The Sailors earned plenty of respect in the District 10 Class AA semifinals with a 59-46 win over Mercyhurst Prep before taking West Middlesex to the brink in the D-10 title game in five overtimes before falling.

Greggs, a 6-foot 6-inch senior forward, scored 22 points against Mercyhurst before scoring 16 points against the Big Reds. Greggs went over 1,000 career points earlier this season and is averaging 14.6 points per game for the Sailors.

Lakeview will take on Quaker Valley Saturday in the PIAA first round.

Poll results:

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Posted: February 1st, 2013

Dalton Boggs

While most smaller schools rely on one star to lead them, the Lakeview boys basketball team has emerged with a solid duo in Casey Greggs and Dalton Boggs.

Greggs already went over 1,000 points this season and Boggs is on pace to reach the milestone as well. The 6-foot 1-inch senior guard is averaging 14.3 points per game for the Sailors, including 22 points in a 64-41 win over Greenville. He needs only 
62 points to reach 1,000 career points.

The Sailors have five games left before the playoffs, giving Boggs plenty of time.

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Posted: November 13th, 2012

Lakeview Sailors
Coach (season, record): Gary Burke (13th season, 182-112)
2011-12 overall record: 19-7
2011-12 region record (place): 9-1 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Fairview 33-30 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to North East 41-40 in the semifinals. Lakeview the defeated Saegertown 73-57 in the third-place game. The Sailors lost to Beaver Falls 69-37 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Derek Giovengo
Top returning players: Dalton Boggs, Coty Gander, Casey Greggs
Assistant coaches: Larry Boggs, Kevin Persch, Dale Walker, Jay Carlson, Bill Beith, Steve Aden, Bobby Urey
Outlook: Lakeview had its heart broken in the D-10 semifinals last year after a few final-minute free throws ended its run at a D-10 championship. The Sailors rebounded to make the PIAA playoffs and are back for more this year. Lakeview returns an experienced group that is only missing graduate Derek Giovengo, who averaged 5.6 points per game last year to be voted to the all-region second team. Seniors Casey Greggs and Dalton Boggs were voted to the all-region first team as juniors, while Coty Gander was voted to the second team. Greggs was also named the Region 2 Player of the Year. Boggs averaged 12.4 ppg last year, while Greggs scored 14.9 ppg and Gander has 11.5 ppg. Zach Van Dusen and Brandon Rice could fill out the starting lineup. Van Dusen brings experience from last year while Rice, a 6-2 junior, is a big and strong post player that could add to the team right away. The Sailors used a 6-man rotation last winter but could expand to a 9-man rotation this year. Lakeview won’t have to go too far to see where it stands in D-10. West Middlesex bumped up from Class A and is an instant favorite to win the D-10 title. The Sailors will get two shots at the Big Reds in region play but don’t be surprised if the two teams meet up for the D-10 championship in late February.

7-8 Lakeview tournament
11 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
14 at VisionQuest 7:30
18 Commodore Perry 7:30
21 Greenville* 7:30
27-28 Franklin tournament
3 Reynolds* 7:30
5 at Wilmington* 7:30
8 West Middlesex* 7:30
10 at Cambridge Springs 7:30
15 Sharpsville* 7:30
18 Mercer* 7:30
22 at Greenville* 7:30
25 at Iroquois 7:30
29 at Reynolds* 7:30
1 Wilmington* 7:30
5 at West Middlesex* 7:30
8 Rocky Grove 7:30
12 at Sharpsville* 7:30
15 at Mercer* 7:30
*Region 2 games

Coach (season): Jodi Seddon (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 2-20
2011-12 region record (place): 0-12 (seventh)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Brynn King, Kylie Custer, Cassie Legal
Top returning players: Casey Stringer, Chelsea Davis, Steph Adams, Sami Scott, Alex Ruedigar, Rachel McKean, Samantha Riddle, Mariah Kasbee, Marla Holland
Assistant coaches: Tammy Rose, Marie Kohr, Cindy Troy
Outlook: Lakeview is starting over with a new coach and a new system. Jodi Seddon, a former player at Lakeview, Gannon and Thiel, brings a fresh approach with a new system. The Sailors won only two games last year and has to find a way to string together games this year. Lakeview graduated Brynn King, Kylie Custer and Cassie Legal with five returning seniors. The five include Casey Stringer, Chelsea Davis, Steph Adams, Sami Scott and Alex Ruedigar – all guards – along with four juniors in Rachel McKean, Samantha Riddle, Mariah Kasbee and Marla Holland. The nine upperclassmen will need to build chemistry and figure out a solid rotation for the Sailors to become competitive. The height and size Lakeview needs could come from the sophomore class, while several freshman could complete for playing time as well. It may take a few weeks for the Sailors to develop some chemistry but if they buy into Seddon’s system, Lakeview could be an interesting team this winter.

7-8 West Middlesex tournament
11 at Iroquois 7:30
13 at Union City 7:30
17 Commodore Perry 7:30
19 at Greenville* 7:30
27-28 Hickory tournament
3 at Wilmington* 7:30
7 Sharon* 7:30
10 at Mercer* 7:30
14 West Middlesex* 7:30
17 at Sharpsville* 7:30
19 Jamestown 2:30
21 Maplewood 7:30
24 Greenville* 7:30
28 Wilmington* 7:30
31 at Sharon* 7:30
4 Mercer* 7:30
7 at West Middlesex* 7:30
11 Sharpsville* 7:30
14 at Saegertown 7:30
*Region 2 games

Tuesday: Maplewood

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 16th, 2011

Lakeview Sailors
Coach (season, record): Gary Burke (12th season, 163-105)
2010-11 overall record: 15-7
2010-11 region record (place): 7-3 (second)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 48-47 to Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Jeff Kepner, Lucas Reddick, Marshall McKean, Jake Philson, Michael Brown
Top returning players: Derek Giovengo, Dalton Boggs, Casey Greggs
Assistant coaches: Larry Boggs, Dale Walker, Kevin Persch, Dave Stankovich, Jay Carlson, Bill Beith, Bob Urey, Steve Aden, Gary Rose, Jeff Allay
Outlook: Lakeview was seconds from an upset of Mercyhurst Prep last winter and will need some help to get back to the postseason. The Sailors lost Jeff Kepner, Lucas Reddick, Marshall McLean, Jake Philson and Michael Brown to graduation. With a strong group gone, coach Gary Burke turns to Derek Giovengo, Dalton Boggs and Casey Greggs to lead this year’s squad. Giovengo provides senior leadership from the point guard position, while juniors Boggs and Greggs are two-year starters. The trio drained 98 3-pointers last season and make up a formidable offense. Coty Gander and Brandon Rice are two underclassmen looking to step up and fill in some holes this winter. Lakeview will be quicker this year and have plenty of team speed, but a lack of an inside presence could be an issue.

9-10 Lakeview tournament
17 Seneca 2:30
20 Saegertown 7:30
22 at Rocky Grove 7:30
28-29 Franklin tournament
3 at Commodore Perry 7:30
6 Jamestown 7:30
10 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
12 at Reynolds* 7:30
14 at West Allegheny 1:30
17 Sharpsville* 7:30
20 Wilmington* 7:30
24 at Greenville* 7:30
27 at Mercer* 7:30
30 Iroquois 7:30
3 Reynolds* 7:30
7 at Sharpsville* 7:30
10 at Wilmington* 7:30
14 Greenville* 7:30
17 Mercer* 7:30

Coach (season, record): Tiffany Kress (2nd season, 1-21)
2010-11 overall record: 1-21
2010-11 region record (place): 0-12 (seventh)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Kelli Stringer, Brynn King
Top returning players: Cassie Legal, Rachel McKean, Kyleigh Custer, Casey Stringer
Assistant coaches: Lonna Fischer, Robin Legal, Taylor Kress, Cindy Troy
Outlook: Lakeview is still in rebuilding mode and will need to trust in coach Tiffany Kress’ system this winter. The Sailors won only one game last season and lost Kelli Stringer and Brynn King to graduation. The good news for Lakeview is the return of numerous players. Seniors Cassie Legal and Kyleigh Custer provide senior leadership, while Rachel McKean and Casey Stringer are top returners. Stephanie Adams, Chelsea Davis, Lindsey Foster, Samantha George, Mariah Kasbee, Samantha riddle, Alex Ruediger, Jazmyne Sasse and Sami Scott all saw some varsity action last year and could contribute. Lakeview is looking for someone to step up this year and provide the leadership and intensity that each team needs. As the season goes on, if the Sailor start buying into the system, they could be a surprising team.

9-10 West Middlesex tournament
15 Greenville* 7:30
19 Wilmington* 7:30
21 at Sharon* 7:30
23 Mercer* 7:30
2 at Farrell 7:30
5 at Reynolds* 7:30
9 Sharpsville* 7:30
12 at Conneaut Lake 7:30
16 at Cochranton 7:30
19 Commodore Perry 7:30
23 at Greenville* 7:30
26 Sharon* 7:30
28 at Wilmington* 7:30
2 Central Tech 7:30
6 at Mercer* 7:30
9 Reynolds* 7:30
11 Jamestown 2:30
13 at Sharpsville* 7:30
16 Conneaut Lake 7:30

Thursday: Linesville

– Tom Reisenweber

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