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Posted: November 28th, 2012

Strong Vincent Colonels
Boys
Coach (season, record): Shannon Pullium (14th season, 215-119)
2011-12 overall record: 15-10
2011-12 region record (place): 5-1 (co-champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated McDowell 63-36 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals before losing to Cathedral Prep 85-43 in the D-10 championship. Strong Vincent then lost to Shaler 81-60 in a PIAA Class AAAA play-in game.
Top players lost: DeAndrye Henderson, Denzel Jones, Trey Vaughn
Top returning players: Malquan Pullium, Peris Husband, Jarod Johnson, Brandon Coleman, Donnie Tatum
Assistant coaches: Dave Morris, Ron Pacley, Cory Coleman
Outlook: Strong Vincent has one of the most competitive programs in District 10 and the Colonels will have to adapt to a new level of play for the next two years. Vincent moved down to Class AAA and will have to deal with several Erie County powers in region play. The Colonels will have to replace several starters in DeAndrye Henderson, Denzel Jones and Trey Vaughn. Henderson averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team and the Region 8 Player of the Year. Jones had 10 points and 7 rebounds per game to also be voted to the first team. Vaughn’s absence leaves plenty of size issues for the current Colonels. Vincent will have some experience back to lean on. Malquan Pullium and Peris Husband are returning starters along with Jarod Johnson, Brandon Coleman and Donnie Tatum. Pullium averated 12 points per game last year and could emerge as one of the top players in Erie County this year. Demarcus Cleckley, Denzil Porter, Joey Otto and Ryan Hatevich are new players this season that could contribute right away. The Colonels have experience and ability but their success will depend on how quickly the younger players adapt to the varsity level. Vincent loaded up its non-region schedule, including Class AAAA teams Cathedral Prep, Central Tech and McDowell. The Colonels will also go to Pittsburgh for two tournaments this winter.

Schedule
December
7-8 Lebanon tournament
10 Cathedral Prep 8:30
13 at McDowell 7:30
27-28 Seneca Valley tournament
January
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
8 East* 8:30
10 at Girard* 7:30
15 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
18 Warren* 8
21 General McLane* 7
24 at Corry* 7:30
26 Central Tech 7
29 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
31 at Cathedral Prep 8:30
February
1 at East* 7:30
5 Girard* 8
7 Harbor Creek* 8:30
9 at Warren* 7:30
12 at General McLane* 7:30
15 Corry* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Paul Przepierski (2nd season, 1-21)
2011-12 overall record: 1-21
2011-12 region record (place): 0-6 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAAA playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Deja Dixon, Emma Verdecchia, Myah Malone, Tiffani Jones
Assistant coaches: Angela Lombardozzi, Dan Latcovich, Anna Kaye Gier
Outlook: Strong Vincent went through some growing pains last year with a new coach and a new system. After not graduating anyone, the Colonels will still need to deal with several players not playing basketball this year. Vincent will have a young team but returns four starters from last winter. Juniors Deja Dixon, Emma Verdecchia and Tiffani Jones are back along with sophomore Myah Malone. Dixon was voted to the all-region team last year and is one of the top point guards in the city. The Colonels could also receive contributions from new players Rachel DeSanctis, Hevyn Johnson and Danielle Lee. Coach Paul Przepierski is looking for an improved team attitude this year and has a team that he can count on this year. The Colonels may still be building their program but they could surprise a few teams in the second half of the season.

Schedule
December
10 Villa Maria 7
13 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
15 at General McLane 7:30
17 at Warren 7:30
20 Oil City 7:30
27-28 Iroquois tournament
January
3 at East* 7:30
5 at Corry 7:30
10 McDowell* 7:30
12 Fort LeBoeuf 3:30
16 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
24 at Central Tech* 7:30
26 Meadville 3:30
28 East* 7:30
30 Saegertown 7:30
February
2 at Harbor Creek 2:30
5 Eisenhower 7:30
7 at McDowell* 7:30
8 at Fairview 4
12 at Greenville 7:30
14 Central Tech* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Thursday: Titusville, Union City

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 30th, 2011

Strong Vincent Colonels
Boys
Coach (season, record): Shannon Pullium (13th season, 200-109)
2010-11 overall record: 12-11
2010-11 region record (place): 3-3 (tied for second)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 63-47 to McDowell in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Cordell Ratliff, Deuel Pacley
Top returning players: DeAndrye Henderson, Denzel Jones, Tre Vaughn, Wil Goshay, Malquan Pullium
Assistant coaches: Dave Morris, Cory Coleman, Ron Pacley, Lionel Hamer
Outlook: Strong Vincent had a disappointing end to its season last winter by losing in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals. The Colonels are looking to bounce back this season with a talented group back. Vincent did lost Cordell Ratliff and Deuel Pacley to graduation but the returning group led by Denzel Jones and DeAndrye Henderson is solid. Jones and Henderson makeup one of the top duos in District 10 along with Tre Vaughn, Wil Goshay and Malquan Pullium. Vaughn emerged as a solid inside player last year and could be a difference-maker for the Colonels. Paris Husband, Trousie Thrower, Brandon Coleman and Jarod Johnson are new players this year and could be big contributors on both ends of the floor. Vincent loaded its non-region schedule with powerhouse teams that could help the Colonels prepare for the postseason. Among the laundry list of brutal non-region games are showdowns with Mercyhurst Prep, Fort LeBoeuf, State College, Altoona, Central Tech, Aquinas Institute (N.Y.), East and appearances in the Bethel Park and Gateway tournaments.

Schedule
December
9-10 Bethel Park tournament
14 at Harbor Creek 7:30
15 Fort LeBoeuf 8:30
23 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
26-28 Gateway tournament
January
6 at McDowell* 7:30
9 at Cathedral Prep* 8:30
16 Struthers (Ohio) 4
18 at George Junior* 7:30
20 at State College 7:30
21 at Altoona 2:30
24 at Central Tech 7:30
27 at Rochester East (N.Y.) 8:30
28 at Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) 7
February
3 McDowell* 7:30
6 Girard 8:30
10 East 8:30
13 Cathedral Prep* 8:30
16 George Junior* 7

Girls
Coach (season): Paul Przepierski (1st season at Strong Vincent, 5th season overall)
2010-11 overall record: 5-18
2010-11 region record (place): 1-5 (tied for third)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 67-23 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Shantale Davis, Devonna Smith, Shataya White
Top returning players: Stephanie Peck, Haley Hess, Emma Verdecchia, Tiffany Jones, Treasure Tate, Ashley Taylor
Assistant coaches: Angela Lombardozzi, Dan Latcovich, Anakay Gier
Outlook: Strong Vincent will have a new system and new coach in Paul Przepierski after Lance Brown moved on to Fairview. Przepierski has experience with four years as a head coach in the 1980s and has been an AAU coach for a long time with the Achieve Your Dreams basketball club. The Colonels were pretty one-dimensional last winter with star Shataya White dominating on the floor. Vincent will need others to step up as White has graduated along with Shantale Davis and Devonna Smith. Przepierski is looking for Stephanie Peck, his new captain, to lead the team along with sophomore point guard Emma Verdecchia. Haley Hess is a solid post player, while Tiffany Jones, Treasure Tate and Ashley Taylor are back to contribute as well. The Colonels can take control of the city teams but Vincent’s ultimate goal will to be get back on top of D-10 and McDowell. The Colonels won’t play the Trojans until later in the season and could surprise McDowell as in the second or third possible meeting.

Schedule
December
9 at Girard 7:30
15 at North East 7:30
17 Mercyhurst Prep 3:30
19 at Warren 7:30
21 at Harbor Creek 7:30
23 Fairview 7:30
January
5 at Corry 7:30
9 at Hickory 7:30
15 Glenville (Ohio) 10:30 a.m.
16 Meadville 7:30
23 at Central Tech* 7:30
26 McDowell* 7:30
30 at Farrell 7:30
February
4 Fort LeBoeuf 2
13 Central Tech* 7:30
16 at McDowell* 7:30

Later today: Titusville

– Tom Reisenweber

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