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Posts tagged "Reynolds basketball"
Posted: December 3rd, 2013

Reynolds Raiders
Coach: Dan Kilgore (3rd season, 22-21)
2012-13 overall record: 12-10
2012-13 region record: 4-8 (tied for fifth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Paul Torok, Kellen Gursky
Top returning players: Cory Woods, Kyle McConnell, Garhett Frable, Anthony Beck, Jacob Reimold
Assistant coaches: Seth Little, Brandon Weaver
Outlook: Reynolds improve last season, finishing above .500 after going 10-11 in Dan Kilgore’s first season as head coach. The Raiders went 12-10 last season and will look to take another step this winter and make the playoffs. Reynolds will have to replace two solid players in Paul Torok and Kellen Gursky. Torok was the starting point guard and finished as the school record holder in steals for a game, season and career. Gursky leaves a hold in leadership after being an emotional leader as a senior. The Raiders return Cory Woods, Kyle McConnell, Garhett Frable, Anthony Beck and Jacob Reimold. Woods, McConnell, Frable and Beck are returning starters this season. Woods was voted to the all-region second team after scoring 11.6 points per game last season, while Frable had a huge sophomore season with 15.5 points per game. McConnell is another solid senior after scoring 10.9 ppg last winter. Reynolds could also receive immediate contributions from freshmen Dylan McDanel and Jake Hart. The Raiders quietly improved each season under Kilgore and they could be a contender in Region 2 this season. Reynolds has plenty of experience back and didn’t lose much as far as scoring goes to graduation. The Raiders need to build a little depth, which could come from some talented underclassmen. Reynolds looks like a dangerous team in Region 2 and could be preparing for the postseason in mid-February.

6 Mercer tournament
7 Mercer tournament
13 Rocky Grove 7:30
14 VisionQuest 7:30
17 at Saegertown 7:30
20 Mercer* 7:30
27 Conneaut tournament
28 Conneaut tournament
2 Lakeview* 7:30
4 at Greenville* 7:30
7 Wilmington* 7:30
10 at Sharpsville* 7:30
14 West Middlesex* 7:30
18 Union City 2
21 at Mercer* 7:30
24 Jamestown 7:30
25 at Northwestern 7:30
28 at Lakeview* 7:30
31 Greenville* 7:30
4 at Wilmington* 7:30
7 Sharpsville* 7:30
11 at West Middlesex* 7:30
*Region 2 games

2012-13 overall record: 7-16
2012-13 region record: 5-5 (tied for second)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Cochranton 60-19 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.

6 Rocky Grove tournament
7 Rocky Grove tournament
10 at Northwestern 7:30
12 Wilmington 7:30
16 at Saegertown 7:30
19 at Mercer 7:30
21 at Sharpsville 2
27 Greenville tournament
28 Greenville tournament
6 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
9 Conneaut 7:30
11 Mercer 2
13 at Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
16 Farrell* 7:30
20 at Jamestown* 7:30
23 Commodore Perry* 7:30
27 Rocky Grove* 7:30
30 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
3 at Farrell* 7:30
10 Jamestown* 7:30
13 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 21st, 2012

Reynolds Raiders
Coach (season, record): Dan Kilgore (2nd season, 10-11)
2011-12 overall record: 10-11
2011-12 region record (place): 3-7 (fifth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Caleb Peters, Tanner Greenfield
Top returning players: Paul Torok, Cory Woods, Garhett Frable
Assistant coaches: Seth Little, Brandon Weaver
Outlook: Reynolds saw success under first-year coach Dan Kilgore with 10 wins but the Raiders will have plenty of holes to fill if they want to improve this year. Reynolds graduated eight players, including starters Caleb Peters and Tanner Greenfield. The Raiders will be short on experience this year but they could build throughout the season. Senior guard Paul Torok is back along with junior guard Cory Woods. Both are returning starters as well as sophomore forward Garhett Frable. The Raiders put in plenty of work in the offseason and could receive big contributions from junior forward Kyle McConnell, who had a big year with the junior varsity last year. Reynolds is in a tough region that is bolstered by the addition of West Middlesex. The Raiders will need immediate contributions from the younger players in the program to get above .500 this season.

7-8 Mercer tournament
12 VisionQuest 7:30
14 at Rocky Grove 7:30
19 Saegertown 7:30
21 at Mercer* 7:30
27-28 Conneaut tournament
3 at Lakeview* 7:30
5 Greenville* 7:30
8 at Wilmington* 7:30
11 Sharpsville* 7:30
15 at West Middlesex* 7:30
19 at Union City 7:30
22 Mercer* 7:30
25 at Jamestown 7:30
26 Northwestern 7:30
29 Lakeview* 7:30
1 at Greenville* 7:30
5 Wilmington* 7:30
8 at Sharpsville* 7:30
12 West Middlesex* 7:30
*Region 2 games

2011-12 overall record: 5-16
2011-12 region record (place): 2-10 (sixth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

7-8 Rocky Grove tournament
11 Northwestern 7:30
13 at Wilmington 7:30
18 Saegertown 7:30
20 Mercer 7:30
27-28 Union tournament
7 Rocky Grove* 7:30
10 at Conneaut 7:30
12 at Mercer 7:30
14 Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
17 at Farrell* 7:30
21 Jamestown* 7:30
24 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
28 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
31 at Kennedy Catholic* 7:30
4 Farrell* 7:30
8 Greenville 7:30
11 at Jamestown* 7:30
14 Commodore Perry* 7:30
15 Sharpsville 7:30
*Region 2 games

Thursday: Rocky Grove

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 26th, 2011

Reynolds Raiders
Coach (season): Dan Kilgore (1st season)
2010-11 overall record: 12-11
2010-11 region record (place): 6-4 (third)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 68-47 to North East in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Brandon Weaver, Justin Wolfe, Tony Patterson, Shayne Reimold, Sam Geigel
Top returning players: Caleb Peters, Tanner Greenfield
Assistant coaches: Seth Little, Sean Vaneman, Bob Glass
Outlook: Reynolds could struggle this season after losing most of its varsity rotation from last year. The Raiders used a six-man rotation with Brandon Weaver, Justin Wolfe, Tony Patterson, Shayne Reimold and Sam Geigel have graduated. Caleb Peters is the only returning player with varsity experience but can be a leader. Tanner Greenfield is a fellow senior but lost the past two seasons to knee injuries. He is primed for a big season after working his way into significant playing time last year in camp before suffering a knee injury. The Raiders could get big seasons from several new players. Tevin Jones, a 6-foot 6-inch forward, was impressive for the junior varsity last year, while Kyle and Cory Woods could be big-time contributors. Paul Torok, Ethan Rodemoyer, Matt Davenport and Garhett Frable could see playing time as well. First-year coach Dan Kilgore understands that expectations could be low this year but they aren’t low among the Raiders. Kilgore expects his team to work hard and have a successful season. He got to know the team the last four years as an assistant and could have a smooth transition into the head coaching position.

9-10 Mercer tournament
14 at Jamestown 7:30
19 Seneca 7:30
22 at Union City 7:30
28-29 Linesville tournament
2 Conneaut Lake 7:30
4 Jamestown 7:30
6 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
10 at West Middlesex 7:30
12 Lakeview* 7:30
17 at Wilmington* 7:30
20 at Mercer* 7:30
24 Sharpsville* 7:30
27 Greenville* 7:30
3 at Lakeview* 7:30
7 Wilmington* 7:30
10 Mercer* 7:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
16 at Greenville* 7:30

Coach (season, record): Marti Shearer (3rd season, 15-26)
2010-11 overall record: 10-11
2010-11 region record (place): 5-7 (fifth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Jill Siege, Lindsey Gruber, Hope Stegkamper, Kristen McDonald
Top returning players: Jocelyn Yahner, Maggie Ringer, Kristina Bertocchi
Assistant coach: Michelle Kilgore
Outlook: Reynolds could go through some growing pains with the graduation of four starters. Jill Siege, Lindsey Gruber, Hope Stegkamper and Kristen McDonald have graduated, leaving some big holes for the Raiders. Senior Jocelyn Yahner is the only returning starter and a solid outside shooter. Maggie Ringer, a junior, was the second-leading rebounder last year, while senior Kristina Bertocchi is a good team leader. Erica Burnworth and Morgan McDanel are new to the varsity team and could be big-time contributors this winter. Reynolds worked hard in the offseason with several camps and tournaments and could be a surprise team in Region 2.

9-10 Conneaut Valley tournament
15 Sharpsville* 7:30
17 Mercer* 7:30
21 Greenville* 7:30
28-29 Union City tournament
5 Lakeview* 7:30
9 Wilmington* 7:30
12 at Sharon* 7:30
17 at Seneca 7:30
19 Jamestown 7:30
23 at Sharpsville* 7:30
26 Rocky Grove 7:30
28 at Mercer* TBA
31 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
2 at Greenville* 7:30
9 at Lakeview* 7:30
13 at Wilmington* 7:30
16 Sharon* 7:30

Sunday: Rocky Grove, Saegertown

– Tom Reisenweber

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