Fall Fastbreak – Wilmington

   December 6, 2009 3:00 am

 

Wilmington Greyhounds
Boys
Coach (season, record)
: Will Harris (5th season)
2008-09 overall record: 15-10
2008-09 region record (place): 7-3 (second)
Top players lost: Shane Wagner (second-team all-region), Dallas Hartman (first-team all-region), Carson Sharbaugh (second-team all-region), Ian Kelly, Wes Day, Matt Wagner
Top returning players: Jake DeMedal, Ryan Baldwin, Anthony Derrick, Matt Moesta, Brandon Burk, Robbie Clark
Top new players: None
Key games: Jan. 19 at Greenville, Feb. 2 at Sharpsville, Feb. 5 vs. Greenville, Feb. 19 vs. Sharpsville
Outlook: Wilmington could be an interesting team to watch this season. The Greyhounds had plenty of talent last season, but fell just one win shy of the PIAA playoffs. Wilmington’s football team is making another deep run this season and will affect the basketball team. Standout Jake DeMedal is huge for the football team at quarterback and is going to be a leader on the basketball team this season. The ‘Hounds will need all the leadership they can get after losing several big-time players to graduation, including first-team, all-region selection Dallas Hartman and second-teamers Shane Wagner and Carson Sharbaugh. What makes things even tougher on the ‘Hounds is a road-heavy schedule to start the season. Wilmington starts with seven of its first eight games on the road, including appearances in the Jamestown and Union tournaments.

Girls
Coach (season, record)
: Brian Turk (3rd season, 22-24)
2008-09 overall record: 9-13
2008-09 region record (place): 3-9 (tied for sixth)
Top players lost: Molly Zimmer
Top returning players: Leah Day, Stephanie Kish, Ashley Gardner, Haley Marrett, Julie Burns
Top new players: Mariah Burns, McKenzie Hiers, Eden Hartman, Trisha Knight, Catherine Foltz, Ashley Hall
Assistant coaches: Megan Wagner, Katie Hanssen
Key games: Jan. 7 vs. Greenville, Jan. 9 at Reynolds, Feb. 8 at Greenville, Feb. 11 vs. Reynolds
Outlook: Wilmington has been right on the edge of the playoffs the last two seasons and could finally break through this year. The Greyhounds lost only one player to graduation, while the rest of the team gained valuable experience last season. Leah Day, Stephanie Kish and Ashley Gardner make up a talented trio for coach Brian Turk and could be the difference in Region 2 this season. Add in Haley Marrett and Julie Burns (the brother of Derrick and Chris, and the ‘Hounds could be a contender this season. Wilmington won’t step foot on its floor the rest of 2009. The ‘Hounds play their first eight games on the road, including appearances in the Grove City and Union tournaments. Wilmington’s first home game won’t come until Jan. 7 against Greenville. If the ‘Hounds can weather the first part of the schedule they could be a team to watch in the second half of the season.

Monday: Youngsville

— Tom Reisenweber

 

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