Fall Fastbreak – Mercyhurst Prep

   November 22, 2011 3:25 pm    0

 

Mercyhurst Prep Lakers
Boys
Coach (season, record): Sean Baer (2nd season, 14-12)
2010-11 overall record: 14-12
2010-11 region record (place): 7-3 (tied for second)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Lakeview 48-47, lost 41-37 to North East and defeated Fairview 40-36 in the District 10 playoffs to be the third seed from D-10 in the PIAA playoffs. Mercyhurst then lost 53-42 to Monessen in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Phil Wilcox, Shane Saginak
Top returning players: Dwayne Canady, Casey Shelton, Steve Wagner, Anthony Malone, Alex Borges, Carl Anderson
Assistant coaches: Dave Stolar, Bill Carideo, Bob Amendola, Nick Arrigo, Tim Shaloiko
Outlook: Mercyhurst Prep was behind last season with the resignation of its new coach and a late hiring of Sean Bear. The Lakers still managed to make the District 10 Class AA playoffs and even make their way to the PIAA playoffs. Mercyhurst lost some production in the graduation of Phil Wilcox and Shane Saginak, but the Lakers are pretty experienced. Dwayne Canady has been and up-and-coming standout for the past few years, while Casey Shelton, Steve Wagner, Anthony Malone, Alex Borges and Carl Anderson could all be big-time contributors this season. Mercyhurst has a veteran group back with a year of experience with Baer’s system. The Lakers should contend in a region that could be a little down this year. North East will be the biggest hurdle while Fairview and Seneca could struggle with inexperience early in the season. Mercyhurst has another tough non-region schedule this winter, including games against Warren, Strong Vincent, Central Tech and McDowell to name a few of the toughest games. The Lakers have the talent and chemistry to win D-10 but like the past, it could come down to them against North East for the title.

Schedule
December
9-10 Neshannock tournament
13 Warren 7:30
17 at West Middlesex 4:30
21 Bradford 7:30
23 Strong Vincent 7:30
27-29 Windermere Prep tournament
January
3 at McDowell 7:30
10 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
13 Northwestern* 7:30
17 at Fairview* 7:30
20 North East* 7:30
24 at Seneca* 7:30
27 Iroquois* 7:30
February
3 at Northwestern* 7:30
7 Fairview* 7:30
10 at North East* 7:30
14 Seneca* 7:30
17 at Iroquois* 7:30
18 at Central Tech 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): Dan Perfetto (6th season, 122-23)
2010-11 overall record: 27-3
2010-11 region record (place): 14-0 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Grove City 63-18, General McLane 50-46 and Franklin 51-41 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. Mercyhurst then defeated Hopewell 55-47 in overtime, Indiana 47-40, New Castle 66-54 and Villa Joseph Marie 58-46 in the PIAA playoffs before losing 53-41 to Archbishop Wood in the state championship.
Top players lost: Lindsay Stamp, Ally Burke, Florie Fournier
Top returning players: Amanda Berchtold, Kayla Wilwohl, Brenna Robbins, Alissa Robbins,
Assistant coaches: Jenn Crawford, Jeff Orlando, Shanna Gabbard, Jack Ziacik
Outlook: Mercyhurst Prep will be an interesting team to watch this winter. The Lakers rolled to the D-10 Class AAA title last year and were one strong second half from winning a state title. Mercyhurst lost Lindsay Stamp, Ally Burke and Florie Fournier to graduation and will have some injuries to deal with. Alissa Robbins and Kayla Wilwohl could be out until January with injuries but both could be back for the Lakers’ showdown with Villa Maria on Feb. 4. The two are huge pieces to this year’s team along with Gannon-bound Amanda Bercthold and talented forward Brenna Robbins. Berchtold and Wilwohl have been with the varsity their entire careers, while the two along with Brenna Robbins are returning starters. While the Lakers get healthy, Allie Moore, Elysha Chrzanowski and Erika Woll could be key contributors this season. The Lakers have will have a mix of experienced players and underclassmen this season, making camp and each practice important as the season goes on. Mercyhurst has a tough non-region schedule, including games against McDowell, East, Strong Vincent and Villa Maria, as well as a trip to the Cactus Jam tournament out west. The Lakers’ biggest hurdle at repeating in D-10 could be Franklin once again, but Mercyhurst has three months to build chemistry and depth.

Schedule
December
14 at McDowell 7:30
17 at Strong Vincent 3:30
20 at East 7:30
22 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
27-29 Cactus Jam tournament
January
6 Central Tech 7:30
9 at General McLane* 7:30
12 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
16 Corry* 7:30
18 at Warren* 7:30
24 Fairview* 7:30
26 at North East* 7:30
30 General McLane* 7:30
February
2 Harbor Creek* 7:30
4 Villa Maria 7:30
7 at Corry* 7:30
9 Warren* 7:30
11 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
14 at Fairview* 7:30
17 North East* 7:30

Wednesday: North East

– Tom Reisenweber

 

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