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Boys basketball team capsules

BOARDMAN

¯ COACH: Pat Birch (8th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 20-4

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Canton District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Green, 61-47, in district semifinal after beating Dover, 44-41.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Derrick Anderson (Sr.), Ethan Andersen (Jr.), Zach Ryan (Sr.), Daeone Martin (Sr.), Connor Miller (Sr.), Tommy Fryda (Sr.), Charlie Davis (Sr.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Andrew Clark (Sr.), Trey DePietro (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Spartans have high expectations headed into the year. They return seven of their nine top players last season, including the reigning conference player of the year. Boardman has a challenging schedule, with hopes of going into the tournament battle tested.

WARREN G. HARDING

¯ COACH: Keelyn Franklin (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-11

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Twinsburg District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Cleveland John Adams, 77-71, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): D’Muntize Owens (Sr.)**, Aston Bates (Jr.)*, Tye Pennington (Jr.)*, Emari Burgess (Jr.)*, DeAveion Burgess (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Chris Williams (Sr.), Kamare Evans (Sr.), Dom Foster (So.), Tyriq Ivory (So.), Johnny Graham (So.), Marqualyn Spencer (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders will look to use their depth and defensive pressure to wear teams down. A tough schedule will prepare them for the tournament.

HOWLAND

¯ COACH: Dan Bubon (4th year, 32-39)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-17

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Austintown District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Girard, 61-48, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Cameron Durig (Sr.)*, Gage Tomko (Sr.)*, Justin Jones (Sr.)*, Jordan Sperling (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Vinny Marimpietri (Sr.), Angelo Fronzaglio (Sr.), Jah’Wahn Dean (Sr.), Alex Holzhauser (Sr.), Tyler Fenton (Jr.), David Burman III (Jr.), Joey DeSalvo (Jr.), Gabe Badea (So.), Anthony Massucci (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Last season the Tigers had a limited rotation of seven players, but it is expected to expand to nine or more. They are changing aspects of the offense with the goal of scoring more points, more consistently. They want to work hard and focus on finishing games and not leaving those games up to chance.

CANFIELD

¯ COACH: Todd Muckleroy (10th year, 127-87)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-12

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Poland, 64-30, in district semifinal after beating Salem, 74-47, and Ursuline, 53-48.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Brayden Beck (Sr.)*, Jake Kowal (Sr.)*, Brent Herrmann (Sr.)*, Joe Bruno (Sr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ethan Schenker (Sr.), Trey Dye (Jr.), Nick Pantelakis (Jr.), Chase Lowry (Jr.), Blake Woolley (Jr.), Jackson Crist (Jr.), Roen Marinelli (Jr.), Martine Escoboar (Jr.), Zane Muckleroy (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have a few seniors, but consider themselves young. The team has a strong work ethic that makes up for any size concerns the coaching staff may have. Canfield plans to emphasize defense due to having athletes and physical players in the lineup.

NILES

¯ COACH: Doug Foster (2nd year, 13-11)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-11

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Poland, 74-47, in sectional bracket final after beating West Branch, 63-49.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Vincent Chieffo **, Doug Foster *, Chase Sudzina *, Zach Leonard *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Joe Wolfe, Allen Fryer, Jacob Eakins, Kross Naples, Cody Lauer, Jevon Tabor, Dylan McConnel, Steve Lorraime

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Red Dragons want to play as a team and take it one game at a time. They’ll continue to play aggressive defense and controlled on offense.

EAST

¯ COACH: Kevin Cylar (2nd year, 1-21)

¯ LAST YEAR: 1-21

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Chaney, 66-53, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Marquand Gilmer, John Clay

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Terry Hopkins, Xavion Leonard, Lamar Underwood, Reuben Talley, Levester Harris, Jaquan Ferrell, Raymond Hammond, Caljuan Bell

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Golden Bears aim to compete in every game and improve throughout the season.

WEST BRANCH

¯ COACH: Michael Brown (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-7

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Buckeye Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Niles, 63-49, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Reese Leone (Sr.)***, Nick Pidgeon (Sr.)***, Nick Everett (Sr.)**, Nick Scarpitti (Sr.)**, Cohen Lamp (Sr.)*, Jed Smith (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Josh Gregory (Jr.), Andrew Coffee (Jr.), Jaxon Hendershott (So.), Nick Wilson (So.), Dru DeShields (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The team plans to build on the successes they had over the summer and to use some early season adversity as motivation for the season. West Branch returns three starters from last season and have goals to compete for the league championship and reach the state tournament.

HUBBARD

¯ COACH: Joe Bornemiss (2nd year, 2-21)

¯ LAST YEAR: 2-21

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Ursuline, 77-62, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Cam Resatar (Sr.)***, Jayden Record (Sr.)**, Chanze Kelley (Sr.)**, Nick Matisi (Sr.)*, Ryan Laird (Jr.)*, Hayden Fox (Jr.)*, Andrew Frank (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Paul Sundy (Jr.), Riley Heckett (So.), Danny Barr (So.), Logan Bates (So.), Alec Ford (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles return several experienced players who are expected to excel under a new playing style. Their experience will be valuable in mentoring the younger players as well.

POLAND

¯ COACH: Ken Grisdale (27th year, 473-146)

¯ LAST YEAR: 23-3

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Akron Buchtel, 60-51, in regional semifinal after beating Niles, 74-47, Canfield, 64-30, and Chaney, 69-57 in overtime.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Michael Cougras (Sr.)**, Adam Kassem (Sr.)*, Zach Kassem (Sr.)*, Andrew Centofanti (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Josh Blasko (Sr.), Stephen Carney (Sr.), Blake Wilson (Sr.), Brody Todd (Jr.), Dom DeToro (Jr.), Josh Christie (Jr.), Isaac Moncilovich (Jr.), Jack Fulton (So.), Michael Gordon (So.), JP Genova (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs will be a competitive team. They have multiple good pieces that with a little development, will grow into a quality team. They expect several bumps in the road early, but are preaching to the team that basketball is a marathon, not a sprint.

LAKEVIEW

¯ COACH: Ryan Fitch (5th year, 50-45)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-5

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Chaney, 62-56, in district semifinal after beating Cardinal Mooney, 75-57.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Brendon Kilpatrick (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Noah Olejnik (Sr.), Ryan Carnahan (Jr.), TJ Saxton (Jr.), Nate Fox (So.), Jake Wilms (So.), Michael Horn (So.), Aidan Popovich (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Northeast-8 will have great parity this year and the Bulldogs will challenge themselves with a tough non-conference schedule as well. They need to focus on taking high quality shots on every offensive possession and play sound defense, limiting the opposition’s chances. A goal for Lakeview this season is to see the foul line more often.

GIRARD

¯ COACH: Craig Hannon (8th year, 107-61)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-11

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Chaney, 77-69, in sectional bracket final after beating Howland, 61-48.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Christian Graziano (Sr.)***, Dom Malito (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Lorenzo Frigerio (Sr.), Thomas Cordiero (Fr.), Ashton Pozega (So.), Jimmy Jones (Sr.), Elijah Rodriguez (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Indians are a very young and inexperienced group. They plan to work hard to prepare for March.

CHAMPION

¯ COACH: Nathan Kish (10th year, 151-84)

¯ LAST YEAR: 15-9

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to LaBrae, 62-49, in district semifinal after beating Mineral Ridge, 76-72, in overtime.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Nick Stahlman (Sr.)**, Abe Bayus (Sr.)*, Chase Lindsay (Jr.)*, Austin Willforth (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Noah Vesey (Jr.), Chase Burfitt (Jr.), Brandon Dykes (Jr.), Luke Zigarovich (Sr.), Ethan Davenport (Sr.), Logan Melton (Sr.), Jeff Smith (Sr.), Keegan McDermott (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With six seniors and five juniors, the Flashes have the depth to play physical, hard-nosed defense. Offensively, they will be looking for emerging scorers as they lose their two leading scorers from last season.

CARDINAL MOONEY

¯ COACH: Carey Palermo (4th year, 23-46)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-14

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Salem District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Lakeview, 75-57, in Division II sectional bracket final after beating Struthers, 60-51.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Sonny Rodriguez (Sr.)**, Matt Brennan (Sr.)*, Mike Pelini (Jr.)*, Tommy Fire (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Dev Jenkins (Sr.), Ben Torres (Sr.), Mick Hergenrother (So.), Christian Colisimo (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have a tight-knit group coming back with good size and athleticism. They’re expecting big things from the group. As always the team will lean on the seniors for leadership, but are expecting big things from a few underclassmen.

GRAND VALLEY

¯ COACH: Justin Turk (4th year, 45-48)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-16

¯ LEAGUE: Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Garfield, 82-46, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Malik Mitchell (Sr.)**, Ashton Zupancic (Jr.)*, Josh Huffman (Sr.)*, Isaac Purchase (Sr.)*, Hogan Hejduk (So.)*, Derek Jackson (Jr.)*, Ethan Spencer (So.)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Despite having seven returning letterwinners, the Mustangs are still a young team looking to build off last season’s experiences. They expect to compete at the top of the CVC Valley Division.

SOUTH RANGE

¯ COACH: John Cullen (38th year, 569-276)

¯ LAST YEAR: 17-7

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Salem District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Canton Central Catholic, 59-44, in district semifinal after beating Columbiana, 52-32.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Chris Brooks (Sr.)***, Dante Digaetano (Sr.)**, Brandon Mikos (Sr.)**

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kris Scandy (Sr.), Matt Lucas (Sr.), Nate Brown (Jr.), Eli Taylor (Jr.), Michael Patrone (Jr.), Justin Marrie (Sr.), Mike Perry (Jr.), Luke Crumbacher (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders are an athletic team that will get a late start due to the success of three fall sports. They will have great depth, with a mix of size and skill. South Range plays a tough schedule with 19 Division II opponents and three of the top Division III teams. This will be a challenging year for the Raiders, but they expect to compete in every game.

CRESTVIEW

¯ COACH: Rick Gates (17th year, 206-166)

¯ LAST YEAR: 2-21

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Salem District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Rootstown, 77-43, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Drake Golden (Jr.)**, Dom Wycoff (Jr.)**, Brandon Yanssens (Jr.)**, Tony Perorazio (Jr.)*, Anthony Cusick (So.)*, Jack Yerkey (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Connor Hughes (Jr.), Kirkland Miller (Fr.), James Best (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rebels are a young team coming off a 2-21 season, losing only one senior. Improvement in shooting, rebounding and defense are the team goals heading into the season. Crestview faces a tough schedule and looks to use it to improve as the season goes on.

LIBERTY

¯ COACH: Levon Lamb (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-17

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Brookfield, 60-49 in overtime, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Manuel DuBose, O’Marion Dawson, Darrion Williams

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sean Robinson, Micah Dukes, Tyler Austin, James Davis, Jameer Weaver, Antwan Brown

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Leopards expect to get better as the season progresses, with emphasis on team development.

EAST PALESTINE

¯ COACH: Bill Stanton (2nd year, 8-15)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-15

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Salem District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Columbiana, 64-42, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Brandon Turcola (Jr.)*, Jonathan Bertocitch (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Evan Smith (So.), Tyler Bistarkey (So.), Zion Figley (Jr.), Tommy Shasteen (So.), Westin Jones (Fr.), Payton Elliot (Fr.), Aidan McTrustry (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs are a young group that will have to learn on the run. The coaching staff thinks they will be as successful as they want to be if they work every day in the classroom and in the gym.

PYMATUNING VALLEY

¯ COACH: Ryan Shontz (7th year, 81-68)

¯ LAST YEAR: 18-6 (Lost 71-61 to Ashtabula Edgewood in Warren District Semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Ashtabula Edgewood, 71-61 in overtime, in district semifinal after beating Newton Falls, 60-52.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Jonah Wilkerson (Jr.)**, Tanner Rhoades (Jr.)*, Mason Inman (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Stuart Struna (Sr.), Kyler Smith (Sr.), Andrew Beach (Jr.), Robert Verba (So.), Jansen Smith (So.), Tyler Britton (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Coming off a conference championship season, the Lakers look to make a deep playoff run with their experienced roster.

LaBRAE

¯ COACH: Chad Kiser (13th year, 231-80)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-5

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Ashtabula Edgewood, 54-39, in district final after beating Garfield, 66-41, and Champion, 62-49.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Connor Meyer (Jr.)**, Justin Rutherford (Sr.)*, Landen Kiser (Jr.)*.

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Tre’Von Drake (So.), Aidan Stephens (So.), Devin Carter (So.), Caleb Simmons (So.), Leon Miranda (Jr.), Matt Biery (Jr.), Jacob McCartney (Jr.), Aiden Kiser (So.), Jordan McCartney (So.).

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: LaBrae is a very young team with just one senior. The Vikings have good team quickness and will have to gel quickly trying to replace four graduating starters from last year.

NEWTON FALLS

¯ COACH: Roy Sembach (33rd year, 439-292)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-10

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Pymatuning Valley, 60-52, in sectional bracket final.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Adam Honeycutt (Sr.)***, Josh Honeycutt (Jr.)**, Joey Kline (Jr.)**, Ian King (Jr.)*, Ivan Howard (Sr.)*, Cole Marquette (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jacob Wright (Sr.), Evan Robertson (Jr.), Caleb Howard (Jr.), Jordan Dowling (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With only three seniors, the Tigers are a young team, but are very experienced as most of the upperclassmen are lettermen. They have great size, but need to improve depth as the season goes on. If things go right, the Tigers look to compete for league and district titles.

SPRINGFIELD

¯ COACH: Steven French (3rd year, 35-16)

¯ LAST YEAR: 21-6

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Salem District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Richmond Heights, 46-43, in Division IV regional final after beating St. Thomas Aquinas, 76-63, Sebring, 56-42, Lowellville, 58-48, and Greenwich South Central, 62-50.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Drew Clark (Sr.)**, Evan Ohlin (Sr.)**, Clay Medvec (Jr.)**, Garrett Stallsmith (Sr.)*, Lukas Yemme (Jr.)*, Beau Brungard (So.)*, Adam Wharry (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: RJ Smith, Mason Santangelo, Ethan Isaacson

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Springfield’s first goal is to win the MVAC. They also want to compete for the district title. They return an experienced group that is dedicated and hard working.

BROOKFIELD

¯ COACH: Shawn Hammond (16th year, 214-151)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-14

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Warren District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Ashtabula Edgewood, 74-20, in sectional bracket final after beating Liberty, 60-49, in overtime.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Brady Reichart (Sr.), Conner Stevens (Sr.), Conor Filipovich (Sr.), Gage Emery (Sr.), Jake Shingledecker (Sr.), Haden Gibson (Jr.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jordan Stone (Sr.), TJ Laverty (So.), David Pawlowski (So.), Donovan Pawlowski (Fr.), Isaiah Jones (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Warriors return all five starters from last season and have good depth at all five positions. If the team can develop, they can be successful.

MAPLEWOOD

¯ COACH: Matt Urchek (11th year, 142-78)

¯ LAST YEAR: 4-19 (Lost 72-21 to John F. Kennedy in first-round sectional matchup)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to John F. Kennedy, 72-21, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Conner Steffens (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Gavin Ainsley (So.), Nathan Stano (So.), Mayson Webster (Fr.), Bryson Himes (Fr.), Logan Burggraf (Fr.), Marcus Murray (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With no returning juniors or seniors, the Rockets expect to have a great learning year for the future of the program.

BADGER

¯ COACH: Joshua Upshire (4th year, 45-27)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-6

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Bristol, 52-39, in district final after beating Ashtabula St. John, 62-53, and Windham, 70-43.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Logan Lendak (Sr.), Jack Lendak (So.), Steven Long (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Nick Centofanti (Sr.), Jacob Miller (Sr.), Bobby Frantz (So.), Brad Hamilton (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Braves graduated seven seniors from last season, so they expect a rebuilding year. They look to compete every night and get better with each game.

MATHEWS

¯ COACH: Mike Weymer (2nd year, 12-12)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-12

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Andrews Osborne Academy, 76-63, in sectional bracket final after beating Fairport Harbor, 65-35.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Tyler Roscoe (Sr.)**, Vinny Sharp (So.)**, Dominic Greenwood (So.)**

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kyle Powell (Jr.), Denis Schwartz (Jr.), Vincent Greenwood (So.), Tyler Hopkinson (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: After graduating nine seniors, the Mustangs will be very young. This season they have 12 underclassmen on the roster, but are in no shortage of talent. How quickly the team can adjust to the speed and physicality of the varsity game will be key. They expect to get better as the season progresses.

LEETONIA

¯ COACH: Dan Dennis (30th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 3-20

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Struthers District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Southern Local, 79-53, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Sefton Houlette (Sr.), Ian Davis (Jr.), Dylan Lennon (Jr.), Marco Ferry (Jr.), Jordan Baker (Jr.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Patric Hull (Sr.), Jayden Herhold (Sr.), Jordan Finley (Jr.), Timmy Finch (So.), Jacob McCool (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bears have a great work ethic but no history of winning. The coaches say that success is a process and they have a lot to learn. The key to the year is to improve on rebounding and cutting down on turnovers. Desire is far from an issue.

JACKSON-MILTON

¯ COACH: Stephen Procopio (4th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 3-20

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Struthers District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Wellsville, 67-47, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Mason Robison (Jr.)**, Cole Grope (Jr.)*, Gavin Sahli (Jr.)*, Nick McGinnis (Jr.)*, AJ Bouch (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kent Gross (Sr.), Frankie Prozy (Jr.), Nate Sahli (Jr.), Sean Lengyel (Jr.), Aaron Romigh (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Jays return five letterwinners from last season, all of whom are juniors. This season’s team has plenty of talent and experience. They have high expectations and look forward to this season. They want to compete for a league championship and think the sky is the limit.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

¯ COACH: Mark Komlanc

¯ LAST YEAR: 7-17 (Lost 50-44 to Bristol in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: North Coast League

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Bristol, 50-44, in sectional bracket final after beating Maplewood, 72-21.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Tyrel James (Sr.)*, Cam Hollobaugh (Jr.)*, Marcus Aulizia (Jr.)*, Bobby Plizga (Jr.)*, Sejjan Couto (So.)*, TJ Harden (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Saba Svani (Sr.), Gabe Green (Jr.), Nick Fordeley (Jr.), Hayden Wait (Fr.), Patrick Valent (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Every year the expectations are high, which is a constant in the program. They will be challenged throughout the season and how they can adapt and improve will determine what happens when the tournament rolls around.

CHALKER

¯ COACH: Matt Yoder (2nd year, 8-15)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-15

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Ashtabula St. John, 59-51, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Jordan Keller (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Derek Sherwood (Fr.), James Stull (Fr.), Garrett Anderson (So.), Eddie Hromada (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Wildcats will be a young and inexperienced team, but will make up for it with hard work. They look to grow over the course of the season and improve each time they step on the court.

LOWELLVILLE

¯ COACH: Matt Olson (3rd year, 46-25)

¯ LAST YEAR: 18-7 (Lost to Springfield 58-48 in Struthers District Final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Struthers District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Springfield, 58-48, in district final after beating Southern Local, 55-47, and McDonald 56-36.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Cole Bunofsky (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: John Loskuk (Jr.), Johnny Michaels (Jr.), Kenton Peterson (Jr.), Justin Beeson (So.), Giovanni Docherty (So.), Kyle Miller (So.), Brady Bunofsky (Fr.), Vinny Ballone (Fr.), Ryan Hvisdak (Fr.), Anthony Lucente (Fr.), Ricky Palumbo (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Graduating five seniors will leave the Rockets a little inexperienced at the varsity level. However, they have a talented group of freshmen that are hungry. The coaching staff thinks their success will depend on how some of the underclassmen gel together.

WINDHAM

¯ COACH: Marty Hill (43rd year, 660-357)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-12 (Lost to Badger 70-43 in Orwell District Semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Badger, 70-43, in district semifinal after beating Bloomfield, 66-18, and Newbury, 66-63.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Tyler Wiley (Sr.)*, Clay Dean (Jr.)*, Bert Jones (So.)*, Colton Maiorca (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ericq Williams (Sr.), Josh Walker (Sr.), Cole Bryson (Sr.), Mikiylen Jones (So.), Chase Eye (Fr.), James Hood (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bombers are an athletic, young team. They look to mature as the season progresses.

BLOOMFIELD

¯ COACH: Robert Linger (14th year, 129-136)

¯ LAST YEAR: 0-19

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Grand Valley District

¯ 2019 TOURNAMENT: Lost to Windham, 66-19, in first round.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Richie Sulak (Sr.)***, Harry Houser (Jr.)**, Ryan Brucker (So.)*, Ben Peterson (So.)*, Vivian Gwinn (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jacob Scott (Jr.), Ben Sly (Fr.), Gracien Hall (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals are a very young team. They look to build upon individual skill sets and teamwork.

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