Fall Fastbreak – Saegertown

   November 23, 2012 1:00 am    0

 

Saegertown Panthers
Boys
Coach (season, record): Greg Molnar (5th season, 34-58)
2011-12 overall record: 12-13
2011-12 region record (place): 7-1
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Sharpsville 48-33 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 70-24 in the semifinals. Saegertown then lost to Lakeview 73-57 in the third-place game.
Top players lost: Matt Mondi, Theo Truitt, Noah Marvin
Top returning players: Dustin Pavlik, Austin Scere, Shane Rigby, Jeff Mattocks, Luke Carter, Mitch Wood, Kyle Wise
Assistant coaches: Tom Reynolds, Todd Schlosser, Terry Deane, Steve Simcheck, Jason Amy
Outlook: Saegertown was a little surprising last winter as the Panthers made a solid run into the postseason and even knocked off perennial playoff team Sharpsville in the first round. Saegertown coach Greg Molnar is looking for more this year with an experienced group back. Molnar, who is also the athletic director at Saegertown, loaded the Panthers’ schedule with tough non-region opponents. Saegertown will start the season in the Fairview tournament where they could see General McLane or Hickory. The Panthers also get Union, Reynolds and will be in the Neshannock tournament as well. Saegertown will have to replace Matt Mondi, Theo Truitt and Noah Marvin. Mondi, a second-team all-region selection, averaged 7.1 points per game last year, and leaves a big hole to fill. Saegertown has plenty of size this year and will have to play to that strength this year. The Panthers return Dustin Pavlik, Austin Scere, Shane Rigby, Jeff Mattocks, Luke Carter, Mitch Wood and Kyle Wise. Wise will be out until December after a late-season football injury, while Carter will be out until January. Carter was voted to the second team last year and leaves a big hole at forward. Pavlik is the top returning scorer at 9.8 points per game and was voted to the all-region first team last season, while Mattocks was a second-team selection. There won’t be a surprised with Saegertown this season. The Panthers have size and big-time rebounding ability. Saegertown will need some help from its guards and to play smart basketball to get back to the postseason and get into the state playoffs.

Schedule
December
7-8 Fairview tournament
14 Eisenhower* 7:30
18 at Union 7:30
19 at Reynolds 7:30
21 Youngsville* 7:30
27-28 Neshannock tournament
January
3 at Cambridge Springs* 7:30
8 Cochranton* 7:30
11 Commodore Perry 7:30
12 at Union City 1:30
16 Maplewood* 7:30
18 at Conneaut* 7:30
22 at Eisenhower* 7:30
26 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
29 at Youngsville* 7:30
February
1 Cambridge Springs* 7:30
4 at Maplewood* 7:30
8 at Cochranton* 7:30
12 at Jamestown 7:30
15 Conneaut* 7:30
*Region 3 games

Girls
Coach (season): Steve Scott (27th season)
2011-12 overall record: 17-9
2011-12 region record (place): 9-3 (tied for second)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Farrell 31-24 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals before losing to Conneaut Valley 31-28 in the semifinals. Saegertown then defeated Linesville 65-63 in overtime in the third-place game. Saegertown made the PIAA playoffs but lost to Bishop Guilfoyle 45-18 in the first round.
Top player lost: Malorie Levis
Top returning players: Arianna Hanley, Rachel DiBartolomeo, Katie Kapanick
Assistant coaches: Amanda Scott, Jonelle Taylor
Outlook: Saegertown put together a solid run last year that resulted in the PIAA Class A playoffs. The Panthers have an experienced team back that could result in another playoff run. Saegertown will have to replace all-region first-team selection Malorie Levis. She was a leader for the Panthers last year and her offensive production will have to be replaced. Arianna Hanley, Rachel DiBartolomeo and Katie Kapanick are returning starters. DiBartolomeo was voted to the second team as a junior and could step into a leadership role to replace Levis. The Panthers have quickness and experience but a lack of size could hurt them in the long run. If Saegertown can keep developing as a team and have a few forwards emerge, the Panthers could be a threat to the Erie County powers to win D-10.

Schedule
December
7-8 Meadville tournament
10 at East 7:30
13 at Cochranton* 7:30
15 at Ellwood City 1:30
18 at Reynolds 7:30
20 Maplewood* 7:30
27-28 Saegertown tournament
January
7 Conneaut* 7:30
10 Cambridge Springs* 7:30
14 Eisenhower* 7:30
17 at Youngsville* 7:30
22 Cochranton* 7:30
28 at Maplewood* 7:30
30 at Strong Vincent 7:30
February
2 at Conneaut* 7:30
5 at Cambridge Springs* 7:30
6 at Slippery Rock 7:30
8 at Eisenhower* 7:30
11 Youngsville* 7:30
14 Lakeview 7:30
*Region 3 games

Saturday: Seneca

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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