Fall Fastbreak – Union City

   November 29, 2012 2:00 pm    0

 

Union City Bears
Boys
Coach (season): Kelley Ponsoll (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 3-19
2011-12 region record (place): 3-5 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Drake Burgess, Alex Hoban, Jarad Ossa
Assistant coaches: Kyle Ponsoll, Rossi Santo, Cody Campbell
Outlook: Union City will look to go in a new direction with new head coach Kelley Ponsoll. The Bears struggled last season but a big part of their struggles could have been youth. Union City didn’t lose anyone to graduation and will bring back an experienced team. Drake Burgess was voted to the all-region first team last year, while Alex Hoban was voted to the second team. Both are returning juniors along with Jarad Ossa. Burgess averaged 8.4 points per game last year, while Hoban was at 10.6 ppg and Ossa scored 4.9 ppg. All three are returning starters along with Raymond Pituch. The Bears could also receive big contributions from new players Quentin Maynard, Lucas Dougherty and Brody Mangel. Union City returns all five starters from last year and the chemistry they built last winter could translate into more wins this season. The Bears will have to deal with strength and size issues this year but taking care of the ball and playing mistake-free basketball will be important to counter those disadvantages. Union City has a new system in place and the quicker the Bears buy into it, the quicker they can rebuild the program.

Schedule
December
7-8 Cambridge Springs tournament
11 at Maplewood 7:30
18 at Corry 7:30
21 Northwestern* 7:30
January
3 Fairview* 7:30
5 at Titusville* 7:30
8 at North East* 7:30
11 Seneca* 7:30
12 Saegertown 1:30
15 Iroquois* 7:30
18 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
19 Reynolds 7:30
22 at Northwestern* 7:30
25 Mercer 7:30
29 at Fairview* 7:30
February
1 Titusville* 7:30
5 North East* 7:30
6 at Cambridge Springs 7:30
8 at Seneca* 7:30
12 at Iroquois* 7:30
15 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Girls
Coach (season): Chris Krause (6th season)
2011-12 overall record: 0-22
2011-12 region record (place): 0-14 (eighth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Matti Uber, Amber Bacon, Halle Hinkle, Katie Kirik
Top returning players: Michaela Krause, Morgan Peterson
Assistant coaches: Frank Snyder, Mary Russell
Outlook: Union City faced a big problem with numbers last year. The Bears’ problem could have carried over this year but they had more participation and have 12 girls on the roster. Now that the program has more stability, Union City can focus on winning games. The Bears will have to replace Matti Uber, Amber Bacon, Halle Hinkle and Katie Kirik. Union City returns two starters in sophomore Michaela Krause and senior Morgan Peterson and will look to the younger players to fill in the rest of the lineup. Junior Autumn Kinney is back after not playing the past two years, while freshmen Carly Williams, Hayley Patchen, Jolene Bacon, Sarah Toy and Jordyn Kosienski could be impact players right away. Union City will have to deal with Erie County powerhouses but this year could be more about continuing the build the program than winning every game. The Bears are starting to build confidence and put their work in during the offseason. Union City may go through more growing pains this year but their hard work could pay off in the future.

Schedule
December
12 Cambridge Springs 7:30
13 Lakeview 7:30
17 at Rocky Grove 7:30
19 Fairview* 7:30
27-28 Union City tournament
January
4 General McLane* 7:30
7 at Seneca* 7:30
10 at Northwestern* 7:30
11 at Maplewood 7:30
14 North East* 7:30
16 Titusville 7:30
17 Girard* 7:30
21 Iroquois* 7:30
24 at Fairview* 7:30
28 at General McLane* 7:30
30 at Commodore Perry 7:30
31 Seneca* 7:30
February
4 Northwestern* 7:30
7 at North East* 7:30
11 at Girard* 7:30
14 at Iroquois* 7:30
*Region 4 games

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–Tom Reisenweber

 

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