Fall Fastbreak – Iroquois

   November 26, 2013 12:24 am    0

 

Iroquois Braves
Boys
Coach: Brad Bresee (9th season, 64-114)
2012-13 overall record: 10-13
2012-13 region record: 6-8 (tied for fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to West Middlesex 82-44 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Colton Edinger, John Finke, Jaydon Cagnoli, Joe Brown, Mike Hasberry
Top returning players: Matt McLean, Dylan Carpin
Assistant coaches: Art Laird, Adam Majczyk, Mark Maruca, Dominic Pachell
Outlook: Iroquois made its way to the District 10 Class AA playoffs before running into powerhouse West Middlesex. The Braves will need some new players to step up if they want to get back to the postseason in late February. Iroquois will have to replace graduates Colton Edinger, John Finke, Jaydon Cagnoli, Joe Brown and Mike Hasberry as well as Joe Lobenthal, who is not playing this season. Edinger led the Braves with 10.6 points per game last winter to be voted to the all-region second team. Lobenthal scored 9.9 points per game, while Cagnoli had 7.7 ppg and Hasberry scored 7.6 ppg. Finke contributed with 7.2 points per game as a senior. Iroquois averaged 48.5 points per game last year, but 36 of those points per game are gone. The Braves will be young and inexperienced, but a commitment to the system could balance things out. Iroquois returns juniors Matt McLean and Dylan Carpin. McLean scored 4.4 points per game, while Carpin was a contributor as well. The Braves could also receive immediate production from sophomores Jeff Ratiu and Jake Butler. Vince and Collin Maruca transferred to Iroquois in the offseason and could make an impact right away. Iroquois has some work to do in developing depth and replacing most of its production from last year. The Braves aren’t in an easy region with Fairview, Mercyhurst Prep and Seneca among others. If Iroquois can develop quickly, it will be in the mix near the end of the season. If inexperience takes its toll, the Braves still need to come together and work toward the future.

Schedule
December
10 Cochranton 7:30
11 Maplewood 7:30
16 Erie First 7:30
18 Fairview* 7:30
21 Harbor Creek 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
2 North East* 7:30
4 at Seneca* 2:30
8 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
10 at Northwestern* 7:30
11 at Corry 7:30
14 Union City* 7:30
17 at Titusville* 7:30
21 at Fairview* 7:30
24 at Lakeview 7:30
28 at North East* 7:30
31 Seneca* 7:30
February
4 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
7 Northwestern* 7:30
11 at Union City* 7:30
14 Titusville* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Girls
Coach: Scott McFeely (8th season)
2012-13 overall record: 8-14
2012-13 region record: 3-11 (tied for sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Alex Breski, Ashley Cabaday
Top returning players: Mikayla Cagnoli, Tori Gido, Kelsey Miller, Alyssa Jackson, Rosemary Campbell, Allie Kaliszewski, Rebecca Campbell
Assistant coaches: Jeff Bonniger, Tom Crozier, Tod Allen

Rosemary Campbell is a top returning player for an experienced Iroquois team.


Outlook: Region 4 became pretty crowded last year in the first year of a two-year cycle. With the addition of several powers like General McLane and North East made it one of the toughest regions to compete in. Iroquois will look to move up from sixth place and contend for a playoff spot. The Braves have an experienced team back and just have to replace two players. Alex Breski averaged 9.4 points per game as a senior and is gone to graduation along with Ashley Cabaday. Iroquois returns four starters in Tori Gido, Alyssa Jackson, Rosemary Campbell and Allie Kaliszewski. Campbell averaged 7.8 points per game last year and could step up as a leader this season. Mikayla Cagnoli, Kelsey Miller and Rebecca Campbell are also back and all three could contend for the final starting spot and playing time. Iroquois has several big schools on its non-region schedule and will need to prepare hard in camp for a loaded schedule. The Braves have experience and talent, but they need to sharpen up their scoring and depth. If Iroquois can start building confidence this season, they could make it into the top four and earn a postseason spot.

Schedule
December
10 at Lakeview 7:30
12 Rocky Grove 7:30
19 Seneca* 7:30
21 Harbor Creek 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
3 Fairview* 7:30
6 at Northwestern* 7:30
10 at Girard* 7:30
13 at General McLane* 7:30
16 North East* 7:30
20 at Union City* 7:30
21 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
23 at Seneca* 7:30
27 at Fairview* 7:30
29 Maplewood 7:30
30 Northwestern* 7:30
February
3 Girard* 7:30
6 General McLane* 7:30
10 at North East* 7:30
13 Union City* 7:30
19 East 7:30
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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