Fall Fastbreak – Harbor Creek

   November 24, 2013 8:49 pm    5

 

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach: Jason Dolak (5th season, 39-50)
2012-13 overall record: 7-15
2012-13 region record: 5-9 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Joe Zoltowski, Jacob Stanopiewicz, Adam Renshaw
Top returning players: Isaac Mattson, Charlie Mazur, Adam Whitcomb, Zach Mattson
Assistant coaches: Jeff Dolak, Nick Haller, Dan Haller

Adam Whitcomb is a top returning player for an experienced Harbor Creek team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek is looking to become a consistent contender for the playoffs each season. The Huskies seem to always be right one the edge of the postseason and made it to the District 10 playoffs two years ago. Harbor Creek has some work to do this winter to stay competitive and get back to the postseason. The Huskies have to replace all-region sharpshooter Joe Zoltowski, who scored 13.2 points per game last winter, along with Jacob Stanopiewicz and Adam Renshaw. Stanopiewicz scored 10.3 ppg, and Renshaw averaged 2.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The trio scored 26 of Harbor Creek’s 46 points per game last season. The Huskies return a group of players hungry to compete in Region 6. Isaac Mattson, a multisport standout, was injured last season during the third game of the year and did not return. He is a solid senior guard, while classmates Charlie Mazur (guard) and Adam Whitcomb (forward) could be big contributors as well. Sophomore forward Zach Mattson had a big freshman season with 6.4 points per game, while Whitcomb scored 6.3 ppg. Mazur added 5.5 ppg, giving the Huskies a strong foundation to build on from last year. Nick Harayda, Gabe Mattson, Ryan Kaschalk and Nathan Kujan all played in at least 10 varsity games last year and provide depth for the Huskies along with senior Malique Mitchell, who is back after not playing last year. Harbor Creek dealt with plenty of injuries and up and down moments last winter. With all of that behind the Huskies, they have depth and experience back this season. If Harbor Creek can replace the production lost to graduation, they could not only be a tough out in region play, but the Huskies could contend for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
6 at Titusville 7:30
9 Seneca 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 Cathedral Prep 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
January
3 Warren* 7:30
6 at General McLane* 7:30
9 Corry* 7:30
11 Central Tech 4
13 at Strong Vincent* 8:30
17 Girard* 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
23 at East* 7:30
28 at Warren* 7:30
31 General McLane* 7:30
February
3 at Corry* 7:30
6 Strong Vincent* 7:30
8 at Girard* 7:30
11 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
14 East* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach: Mark Corey (3rd season, 26-18)
2012-13 overall record: 14-8
2012-13 region record: 5-5 (fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Tasha Brigham, Sadie Zielinski
Top returning players: Maggie Lawrence, Theresa Fachetti, Tiffany Taccone
Assistant coaches: Bob Rzodkiewicz, Scott Hinman

Theresa Fachetti had a breakout sophomore season last winter and was voted to the all-region first team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek has a little bit of a chip on its shoulder this year after being left out of the playoffs last season. The Huskies finished in fourth place in Region 6, but they were left out for Conneaut. Harbor Creek will have to replace Tasha Brigham and Sadie Zielinski after both graduated in the spring. Zielinski scored 6.1 points per game, and Brigham averaged 3.6 ppg as senior starters. The Huskies have an experienced group back, including junior Theresa Fachetti. She had a breakout sophomore season with 16.3 points per game to be voted to the all-region first team. Fachetti is a returning starter along with Maggie Lawrence and Tiffany Taccone. Lawrence scored 7.4 points per game, and Taccone was at 6.1 ppg last winter. With two starting positions open, Harbor Creek will have competition in practice to fill out the starting lineup. Junior Maddie Carnell and sophomore MacKenzie Kertulis could step in and compete for playing time right away. The Huskies are looking for several younger players to come up big this year and help replace the lost production in Brigham and Zielinski. Harbor Creek is in a brutal region with powerhouses Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria. The Huskies thought they did enough by finishing in fourth place to make the playoffs before District 10 went with Conneaut, which compete in a Class A-AA region. Harbor Creek is looking to not leave any doubt this year by winning more games and finishing higher in the region. If the Huskies keep developing, they will be a team to watch in Region 6.

Schedule
December
9 at Girard 7:30
11 East 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 at McDowell 7:30
19 Central Tech 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
7 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
11 at Seneca 2:30
13 at Villa Maria* 7
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
18 at Cambridge Springs 1:30
20 at Corry* 7:30
23 Warren* 7:30
27 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
30 Villa Maria* 7:30
February
1 at Strong Vincent 3:30
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
8 Fairview 2:30
10 Corry* 7:30
13 at Warren* 7:30
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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5 Responses to “Fall Fastbreak – Harbor Creek”

  1. Fachetti Fan says:

    Mr. Tom: You read it here first. The Huskies will finish 2nd in Region 6. District 10 won’t be able to deny us the playoff game we deserved last season. Hope you enjoy the season.

    • Tom Reisenweber says:

      Fachetti Fan,
      I’ll take HC in third in the region and in the playoffs. I don’t think anyone is cracking Villa and MP in the top two as usual.

      Thanks,
      Tom

  2. beingGusP says:

    Tom,

    Fair to acknowledge that Villa and MP are the class of the region. Two good programs with good coaches. I think HC fans are rightly excited for this season with a excellent core of players who work well together. This could be a break through year for them, and a nice reward for a lot of hard work by coaches and players.

    • Tom Reisenweber says:

      Yeah I do think Harbor Creek will have a very good year and finish third to get into the playoffs. From there anything can happen if teams continue to grow.

  3. Fachetti Fan says:

    Thanks Gus,
    Plenty of room for everybody on the HC bandwagon.
    Here are my predictions:
    North: VM, HC, MP, FLB, Warren, Corry
    South: Hickory, Franklin, GC, SR
    I don’t think it is fair, but Conneaut will be in the playoffs and FLB will get cheated like we did last year.
    Go Huskies!!!

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