Boys’ basketball kicks off: No clear favorite
BY MARTY MYERS
A new season of boys’ basketball action is set to kick off in Susquehanna County, and there is no clear-cut favorite in Lackawanna League Division III.
Not even a 7-footer makes a team a lock to win the title, with coaches split on whether Lackawanna Trail and junior center Steve Miller will have enough to hold off Blue Ridge and Montrose to win the title.
Just the presence of Miller should be an intimidating factor in the Division III race, but not enough to give Trail a hands-down edge.
While Miller led the Lions in scoring at 15.3, the Lions graduated their next three scorers. Returnees Tanner Holmes and Matt Lochen will be called upon to add some scoring punch to the lineup.
Blue Ridge earns a nod from the division’s coaches for one reason, their guard play which one coach referred to as “awesome.”
Alex Cardoza returns to run the point for the Raiders. He is also the top returning scorer.
Dylan Pruitt and Matt Principe will also play important roles for the Raiders.
While Montrose was hit by graduation, it still returns one of the hardest-working players in the league in Colby Major, who averaged over a dozen points a year ago. Bill Stranburg is also back to add an outside threat for the Meteors.
Home court: Blue Ridge High School
Last season: 5-9
Head coach: Brian Woodruff
Returning starters: Alex Cardoza, Jr., G; Dylan Pruitt, Sr., Fwd; Matt Principe, Sr., G.
Other returnees: Jesse Pruitt, Jr., G; Sawyer Dearborn, So., G/Fwd; Chris Carlsen, So., Fwd.
Newcomers: Dan Kempa, Sr., Fwd; Curtis Miller, Sr., Fwd.
Home court: Mike “Red” Wallace Court
Last season: 10-4
Head coach: John Warnero
Returning starters: Joe Woolcock, Sr., G; Mark Bush, Sr. Fwd.
Other returnees: Bryan Grosvenor, Sr., G; Bo Bushnell, Sr. G; Bobby Benscoter, Sr., Fwd; Ryan Wilson, Jr., Fwd; Matt Cuomo, Jr., G; Robert Heft, So., G.
Newcomers: Ben Jones, So., Fwd; Jason Vermeulen, So., Fwd; Matt Horvath, So., G; Tanner Reyan, Fr., G; Matt Woolcock, Fr., G; Nick Dudock, Fr., G; Tyler Arnold, Fr., G; Pete McGee, Fr., Fwd; Pete McGee, Fr., Fwd; David Cornielius, Fr., G; Antuan Robinson, Fr., G; Austin Bennett, Fr., G; Zach Sigirci, So. G.
Home court: Julis Prezelski Gynmasium
Last season: 2-12
Head coach: Carl Imbt
Returning: Joe Caruso, Sr. G/Fwd; Adam Dix, Sr. Fwd; Zach Mendoza, Sr., G; Kevin Swartz, Sr., Fwd; Bob Noone, Sr., Fwd; Dylan Walsh, Jr., Fwd; Vince DeLucy, So., G/Fwd; David Cavalieri, Jr., G/Fwd.
Newcomers: Chris James, So., Fwd/C; Alex Kresock, Fr., G; Logan Fitzsimmons, Jr., Fwd; Ricky Yankauskas, Fr., G; David Smith, Sr., Fwd.
Home court: Montrose High School
Last season: 12-2
Head coach: Todd Smith
Returning starters: Billy Stranburg, Sr., G; Colby Major, Jr., Fwd.
Other returnees: Cole Wheaton, Sr., Fwd; Steve Squires, Sr., C; Danny Simons, Sr., G; Tom Lewis, Jr., Fwd; Jordan Smith, Jr., G; Chris Preston, Sr., Fwd.
Newcomers: Cameron Dean, Fr., C.
Home court: Mountain View High School
Last season: 9-5
Head coach: Lawrence Tompkins
Returning starters: Chris Herman, Sr., Fwd; Julian Williams, Sr., G.
Other returnees: Karch Frantz, Sr., G.
Newcomers: Logan Mack, Sr., Fwd; Joel Madas, Jr., Fwd; Jon Chipelo, Jr., G; Nate Chipelo, Jr., G/Fwd; Gary Smith, Jr., G; Mike Wakalowski, Jr., G; David Lukens, Jr., G/Fwd.
Home court: Susquehanna High School
Last season: 1-13
Head coach: Scott Glidden
Returning starters: Andrzej Tomczyk, So. G; Austin Cowperthwait, Jr., G/Fwd; Taylor Cundey, Sr., Fwd.
Other returnees: Danny Biegert, So., G.
Newcomers: Brandon Soden, Fr., G; Mark Zappe, Fr., Fwd; Evan Stone, Fr. Fwd; James Cody Nielsen, So., G; Zack Vaughn, So., Fwd.