Fall Fastbreak – Sharon

   November 25, 2012 12:25 am    0

 

Sharon Tigers
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jason Rankin (4th season overall, 1st at Sharon, 59-19)
2011-12 overall record: 14-9
2011-12 region record (place): 11-5 (tied for second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Warren 77-54 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Andre Jefferson, Marlin Sanders
Top returning players: Khalil Hopson, Darrell Stovall, Mark Henry, Thomas Ripley
Assistant coaches: John Koscinski, Terry Shernisky, Geoff Evans
Outlook: Sharon will look to go in a new direction under new head coach Jason Rankin. Rankin spent the past three seasons as the New Castle girls coach, including three playoff appearances and one WPIAL title. The Tigers will need that experience when making their way through a brutal region. Sharon graduated all-region selections Andre Jefferson and Marlin Sanders but the Tigers return several talented players. Khalil Hopson, a senior guard, is back after making the all-region second team last year. Senior forward Darrell Stovall is back slong with junior guard Mark Henry and sophomore forward Thomas Ripley. Carnell Hawkins and Mike Porterfield could also contribute as well this season. The Tigers have athleticism and speed and Sharon will look to use those qualities to play an uptemop style. WPIAL teams tend to sub in several players at a time and keep the pressure up. Rankin won’t be an exception to that rule as he plans to play a lot of players and keep them moving. Region 5 has several powerhouse programs primed for big years but with a new system and new confidence in coach Rankin, Sharon could be in the mix for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
11 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
14 at Meadville* 7:30
15 at Warren Harding (Ohio) 7:30
19 Ursuline (Ohio) 7:30
21 at Grove City* 7:30
28-29 Farrell tournament
January
2 Oil City* 7:30
5 at Franklin* 7:30
8 at Hickory* 7:30
11 Slippery Rock* 7:30
15 at George Junior* 7:30
18 Farrell* 7:30
22 Meadville* 7:30
29 Grove City* 7:30
February
1 at Oil City* 7:30
5 Franklin* 7:30
7 Hickory* 7:30
9 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
11 at New Castle 7:30
12 George Junior* 7:30
15 at Farrell* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach (season): Maria Joseph (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 15-8
2011-12 region record (place): 9-3 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Girard 50-33 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Marketta Jackson
Top returning players: Janayia Chester, Tanayja Sanders, Mallory Torr
Assistant coaches: Kara Joseph, Pat Moats
Outlook: The New Castle connection didn’t end with the boys’ hire of Jason Rankin. New head coach Maria Joseph was one of Rankin’s assistants at New Castle and brings a new style for the Tigers to play. Sharon graduated all-region selection Marketta Jackson but everyone else is back. Janayia Chester brings senior leadership, while Tanayja Sanders and Mallory Torr are solid returning juniors. Sanders is one of the top players in the region at the forward position, while Chester and Torr are speedy guards. All three are returning starters and will be impact players this year. The Tigers will also look for big contributions from the sophomore class. Sharon could be young this year but could also gain plenty of experience for the future. The Tigers have speed and quickness and will have to play team defense to make a run at a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
7-8 Sharon tournament
12 Jamestown 7:30
15 at Struthers (Ohio) 4:30
20 Wilmington* 7:30
27-28 Brookfield (Ohio) tournament
January
4 Hickory 7:30
7 at Lakeview* 7:30
10 at Greenville* 7:30
12 Franklin 2:30
14 at Sharpsville* 7:30
17 Mercer* 7:30
21 at West Middlesex* 7:30
24 at Wilmington* 7:30
31 Lakeview* 7:30
February
2 Girard 7:30
4 Greenville* 7:30
8 Sharpsville* 7:30
11 at Mercer* 7:30
14 West Middlesex* 7:30
15 at Farrell 6
*Region 2 games

Monday: Sharpsville

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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