Fall Fastbreak – North East

   November 19, 2009 3:00 am    1

 

North East Grapepickers
Boys
Coach (season, record)
: Tom Pyle (10th season at North East, 165-71)
2008-09 overall record: 14-9
2008-09 region record (place): 12-4 (third)
Top players lost: David Coburn (first-team all-region, 18 ppg), Curtis Bailey (13 ppg), Chris Kutterna (10 ppg, 12 rpg), Chad O’Leary (3 ppg), Brad Taylor (7 ppg)
Top returning players: G Jacob Stiles sr. (5 ppg), G Jimmy Bailey sr. (8 ppg), G Shawn Bogart sr. (6 ppg), F Jordon Kitchen sr. (8 ppg, 8 rpg), G Tyler Williams sr., C Cody Artise sr., F Louis Neff sr.
Top new players: G Kyle Regan jr., G Aaron Wakley jr., G Daryl Brink jr., F Cody Guzman jr., C Spencer Cornelius jr., F Kyle Perdue jr.
Assistant coaches: Shawn Humes, Michael Coletta
Key games: Dec. 15 at Mercyhurst Prep, Jan. 16 at Eisenhower, Jan. 21 vs. Mercyhurst Prep, Feb. 16 vs. Eisenhower
Outlook: North East will be changing its style a bit this season to better fit the abilities of the returning players. Coach Tom Pyle knows the Grapepickers lack experience, but is hoping North East continues its tradition of winning and makes the playoffs. Jimmy Bailey is a leader on the football field and hopes to translate that onto the basketball court. Bailey, along with Jacob Stiles, Shawn Bogart, Jordon Kitchen, Tyler Williams, Louis Neff and Cody Artise, bring plenty of senior leadership to the ‘Pickers. North East has an ambitious non-region schedule, including Saegertown and General McLane during the first weekend of the season. The ‘Pickers have only nine home games this season, and will need to adapt to the new style of play quickly. North East ends the season with four games on the road before hosting Eisenhower and Fairview, two teams the ‘Pickers could be competing with for a playoff spot, to end the season.

Girls
Coach (season, record)
: Terry Frontino (1st season)
2008-09 overall record: 17-6
2008-09 region record (place): 12-4 (third)
Top players lost: Ashley Seneta (5 ppg), Andrea Beardsley (3.2 ppg), Annie Artise (13 ppg)
Top returning players: Jordan Artise (first-team all-region, 10 ppg), Cassie Jordan (6 ppg), Jessica Beardsley (6 ppg), Jessa Tinko (7 ppg), Chelsea Lyngarkos (4 ppg)
Top new players: G Erin O’Connell sr., F Anna Zarycki jr., G/F Alex Artise
Assistant coaches: Dawn Turicek, Marc Burchanowski
Key games: Dec. 22 vs. Villa Maria, Jan. 12 vs. Girard, Jan. 28 at Villa Maria, Feb. 11 at Girard
Outlook: Terry Frontino takes over as the new head coach of North East in the final season that the Grapepickers compete as a Class AA team. North East will move up to Class AAA next year. Frontino realizes the challenges of implementing a new system, but believes the ‘Pickers can compete. Frontino believes that although the Grapepickers are going through a coaching change and lost several players to graduation, North East can be successful this season. The ‘Pickers worked hard in the offseason and have a very athletic group with good team chemistry and a high energy level. Although North East lost three quality contributors in Ashley Seneta, Andrea Beardsley and Annie Artise, the ‘Pickers have some talented players back. Jordan Artise, a first-team all-region selection, already holds the North East record for 3-pointers in a season (65) and in a game (7). Artise is joined by Cassie Jordan, Jessica Beardsley, Jessa Tinko and Chelsea Lyngarkos, all letter winners. North East will hit the road for most of the remainder of 2009. The ‘Pickers head to Oil City for a tournament as well as Titusville and Maplewood. North East starts its tough schedule right away with a game against Villa Maria on Dec. 22. North East could be right in the thick of the Region 4 race this season, and will likely return to the District 10 playoffs.

Friday: Northwestern

— Tom Reisenweber

 

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