Fall Fastbreak – Central Tech

   October 23, 2012 2:31 am

 

Central Tech Falcons
Boys
Coach (season, record): Tom Koval (7th season, 67-76)
2011-12 overall record: 11-12
2011-12 region record (place): 10-4 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Hickory 52-49 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Marquel Hilliard
Top returning players: Eugene Husband, Francis Nosant, Kiev Williams, Josh Muhammad, Bruce Tate
Assistant coaches: Craig Fomich, Lou Strelecki, Khyl Horton, Darrell Roberts
Outlook: Central Tech continues to grow its program and could take a huge step this season. The Falcons have made the District 10 Class AAA playoffs the past two years and will a bigger challenge in Class AAAA. Central was forced up because of enrollment and will have to beat out Cathedral Prep and McDowell to win the region and district titles. The Falcons lost emotional leader Marquel Hilliard to graduation but return a solid group. Eugene Husband is one of the best pure shooters in District 10 and is 115 points away from reaching 1,000. He averaged 16.2 points and 3.7 steals per game last winter on his way to being voted to the all-region first team. Francis Nosant, Kiev Williams, Josh Muhammad and Bruce Tate are all back as well. Nosant averaged 11 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game to receive all-region second-team status. Williams, a 6-3 senior, scored 6.6 points per game, while Muhammad and Tate are both 6-2 seniors. With all of the experience back, the Falcons will also be bolstered by several new players. Josh Wells, a 6-4 junior forward, was a solid player for the junior varsity last fall, while junior Kareem Ferguson is back as well. He saw some minutes on the varsity level and was impressive on the jv team. Sophomore Malik Brinson, the younger brother of former Falcon Keith wallace, could contribute right away along with Glen Mills transfer Deishaaron Gilmore, a 6-6 senior center. He is an unknown talent right now but could be a suitable replacement for Hilliard.

Central has proven itself over the past few years and has emerged as a steady contender. The Falcons aren’t the dark horse team but the expected contender. With plenty of seniors this year, Central is looking to make a run at knocking off Prep and McDowell. Husband and Nosant are three-year starters for the Falcons and if they can get support from the younger players, Central will be a formidable team in the playoffs. Part of growing the program has been not being afraid to load its schedule with quality teams. Outside of four huge region games with Prep and McDowell, Central will take on General McLane, Meadville, DuBois, Grove City, Mercyhurst Prep and will play two games in the MLK Showcase.

Schedule
December
7-8 Meadville tournament
11 at General McLane 7:30
13 Corry 7:30
15 at Girard 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
28-29 DuBois tournament
January
4 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
8 at McDowell* 7:30
12 DuBois 2:30
16 East 7:30
19-20 MLK Classic
26 at Strong Vincent 7
28 at Cathedral Prep* 8:30
February
1 Bradford 7:30
2 at Harbor Creek 7:30
8 McDowell* 7:30
9 at Meadville 7:30
13 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
15 at Grove City 7:30
*Region 7 games

Girls
Coach (season): Nick DeSantis (36th season)
2011-12 overall record: 7-15
2011-12 region record (place): 4-2 (second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 56-18 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Central then lost to Baldwin 56-13 in a PIAA play-in game.
Top players lost: Christina Winarski, Maggie Tarasovitch, Christine Demski
Top returning players: Kelsey Watson, Makayla Clayton, Noelle Vallimont, Hannah Sebastian, Lexi Spizarny
Assistant coaches: Bryan Lewis, Bob Izbicki, Brigeeta Wagner, Kate Crawford, Kate Crawford, Maniqua Williams
Outlook: Central saw some success last year by reaching the District 10 Class AAAA championship and the PIAA playoffs. The Falcons will be young this season but experienced. Central will have to replace Christina Winarski, Maggie Tarasovitch and Christine Demski. Tarasovitch was voted to the all-region first team last winter, while Winarski was named to the second team. Despite those losses, the Falcons have a solid group to lean on. Junior Noelle Vallimont, a first-team selection, returns along with Makayla Clayton, a second-team pick. Kelsey Warson, Hannah Sebastian and Lexi Spizarny are back along with sophomores Julia Bickerstaff, Jaida Dixon, Abby Klemm, Kali Laskowski, Janiyah Wayne and Jordyn Williams. If the Falcons can develop the younger players, Central could return to the D-10 championship. Central has a solid schedule, including a trip to Florida for the KSA tournament.

Schedule
December
7-8 Meadville tournament
13 Corry 7:30
15 at Hickory 2:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
20 Harbor Creek 7:30
22 at Grove City 2:30
27-29 KSA tournament (Florida)
January
3 at McDowell* 7:30
5 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
7 at Meadville 7:30
10 East* 7:30
12 Warren 7:30
19 at Meadville 7:30
24 Strong Vincent* 7:30
28 McDowell* 7:30
30 at Seneca 7:30
February
2 at Villa Maria 7:30
7 at East* 7:30
14 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Wednesday: Cochranton

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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