Fall Fastbreak – Grove City

   November 6, 2012 1:28 pm

 

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach (season, record): Don Fee (23rd season, 399-186)
2011-12 overall record: 17-6
2011-12 region record (place): 12-4 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Girard 33-32 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Alec Goodwin, Torin Smith, Donte Robinson, Alex Hall, J.P. Patterson
Top returning players: Foster Reznor, Matt Thrasher, Mac Young, Jordan Dolen, Danny Torok
Assistant coach: Terry Ruffo, Rob Haggart
Outlook: Grove City made its way through a brutal region last winter to win the Region 5 championship. The Eagles were hit hard by graduation and could go through a rebuilding season. Grove City graduated Alec Goodwin, Torin Smith, Donte Robinson, Alex Hall and J.P. Patterson. Smith was voted to the all-region first team while each of the graduates played a huge role in last year’s success. The Eagles will turn to Foster Reznor, Matt Thrasher, Mac Young, Jordan Dolen and Danny Torok. Thrasher, Young and Dolen provide senior leadership, while Reznor is a talented junior guard. Torok is only a sophomore but could be a big-time contributor right away. Grove City will be lacking size this year but can make up for it with scrappy play. Region 5 is loaded with talented Class AAA teams and the Eagles’ chances to return to the postseason will depend on how quickly the younger players buy into longtime coach Don Fee’s system.

Schedule
December
7-8 Indiana tournament
11 Sharpsville 7:30
14 at Franklin* 7:30
18 Oil City* 7:30
21 Sharon* 7:30
27-28 Grove City tournament
January
3 at Hickory* 7:30
5 Slippery Rock* 7:30
8 at George Junior* 7:30
11 Farrell* 7:30
15 at Meadville* 7:30
22 Franklin* 7:30
25 at Oil City* 7:30
29 at Sharon* 7:30
February
1 Hickory* 7:30
5 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 George Junior* 7:30
9 at Farrell* 7:30
12 Meadville* 7:30
15 Central Tech 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): T.L. Eller (7th season, 51-87)
2011-12 overall record: 14-9
2011-12 region record (place): 6-6 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 48-26 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Vanessa Sprando, Brogan Foster
Top returning players: Corianne Hyduchak, Jen Ferguson, Hailey Hall, Arianna Sprando, Danyelle Lucido, Jordan Wyllie, Kennedy Young
Assistant coach: Mike Hostetler
Outlook: Grove City put together another solid season last winter but ran into a buzzsaw in Mercyhurst Prep in the playoffs. The Eagles will have one of more experienced teams in Region 5 this year. Grove City graduated Vanessa Sprando and Brogan Foster in the spring but everyone else is back. Corianne Hyduchak, Jen Ferguson, Hailey Hall, Arianna Sprando, Danyelle Lucido, Jordan Wyllie and Kennedy Young return to lead a young team. Hyduchak was voted to the all-region first team last winter and is one of the top returning players in the region. Hyduchak, Ferguson, Arianna Sprando and Hall are returning starters, while sophomores Carrie Grace and Rachel Hughes could contribute right away. The Eagles also have a strong freshman class including Brenna Deyarmin, Alexis Deyarmin, Mekenzie Wolfe, Anna Burch and Catie Jaskowak. The Eagles have size, depth and a strong work ethic but outside shooting could be an issue. Grove City has an experienced team back and could be a surprise threat to Franklin and Hickory atop the Region 5 standings.

Schedule
December
7-8 Grove City tournament
11 at Mercer 7:30
13 Sharpsville 7:30
17 at Butler 7:30
20 at Meadville* 7:30
22 Central Tech 2:30
27-28 Commodore Perry tournament
January
3 at Oil City* 7:30
7 at Titusville* 7:30
10 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
14 at Franklin* 7:30
17 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
24 Meadville* 7:30
26 at Hickory* 2:30
28 Oil City* 7:30
31 Titusville* 7:30
February
4 Conneaut 7:30
8 Franklin* 7:30
11 Slippery Rock* 7:30
14 Hickory* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Wednesday: Harbor Creek

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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