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HS Boys Basketball: 2019-20 preview capsules
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2019-20 Boys Basketball Preview Capsules

HS Boys Basketball: 2019-20 preview capsules

Carlisle Cumberland Valley

Carlisle’s Dylan Young returns for his sophomore year expected to improve as a scorer for the Thundering Herd.

A team by team look at the Sentinel-area boys basketball teams ahead of the 2019-20 season:


Carlisle Thundering Herd

Coach: Andre Anderson (9th season, 115-86)

Classification: 6A

Last year: 9-13 (8-8)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key losses: Howie Rankine, G.

Key returners/newcomers: James Barlow, sr., F; Andrew West, sr., F; Dylan Young, so., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. Mechanicsburg at Carlisle Classic, 7:30

Cumberland Valley Eagles

Coach: David Vespignani (2nd season, 17-10))

Classification: 6A

Last year: 17-10 (10-6)

Postseason: Lost to Manheim Township 54-39 in District 3 Class 6A fifth-place match; lost to Abington 69-44 in PIAA Class 6A first round.

Key losses: Ty Banach, G; Ethan Levis, G; Dylan Buzalka, F; Omar Tandir, F.

Key returners/newcomers: Harris Vorwald, sr., G; Jack Istvan, sr., G; Ben Drury, jr., F; Sam Sherry, jr., F; Max Krevsky, jr., G; Nolan Gilbert, fr., F; Dylan Levis, fr., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. William Allen at Hershey Tip-Off Tournament, 6

Boys Basketball Mechanicsburg at Cedar Cliff Jan 11, 2018 (copy)

Mechanicsburg's Tyree Morris, right, is the Wildcats' top returning scorer this season.


Cedar Cliff Colts

Coach: Tigh Savercool (6th season, 4th at Cedar Cliff, 45-65)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 8-14 (6-8)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key losses: Chris Dare, G; Maurice Clark, F.

Key returners/newcomers: Joey Zvorsky, sr., G; Nick Peters, sr., F (exchange student from Germany); Matt Musselman, sr., G/F; Nick Strain, jr., G/F; Hunter Cuza, jr., G; Sam Shiley, jr., G/F; Brandon Koch, jr., G; Charlie Werner, so., G; Tyler Houser, so., C; Trenten Smith, so., G.

Opener: Friday, at Big Spring at JT Kuhn Memorial Tip-off Game, 7:30

Nick Peters loves pasta, is the son of a German hoops star and has Cedar Cliff boys basketball salivating

Mechanicsburg Wildcats

Coach: Bob Strickler (16th season, 188-175)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 8-14 (6-8)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key losses: Ty Deiter, G; Noah Wiedman, F; Nick Tomasko, F; Ethan Babcock, G.

Key returners/newcomers: Tyree Morris, jr., F; Drew Engle, jr., G; Micah Brubaker, jr., G; James Anderson, jr., G; Nick Morrison, jr., G; Lukas Rhodes, so., G; Rashawn Early-Holton, so., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. Carlisle at Carlisle Classic, 7:30

Red Land Patriots

Coach: Eric Richardson (2nd season, 9-13, 1st season at Red Land)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 1-21 (0-14)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key losses: Ryan Long, F; Devin Smith, G; Gage Souder, G.

Key returners/newcomers: Owen Kaun, sr., G/F; Mac Shearer, jr., C; Brady Ebbert, so., G; Connor Prye, so., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. Cedar Crest at Lebanon Tip-Off Tournament, 6

Trinity Holy Redeemer (copy)

Trinity’s Chance Westry, left, nearly lead the Shamrocks to a comeback win in the PIAA championship last year as a freshman.


Camp Hill Lions

Coach: Scott Barrows (5th season, 62-38)

Classification: 3A

Last year: 19-7 (8-4)

Postseason: Lost to Trinity 72-52 in District 3 Class 3A championship game; lost to Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt 69-54 in PIAA Class 3A first round.

Key losses: Jon Fagan, Michael Consiglio.

Key returners/newcomers: Jake Perry, sr., G; Connor Trumpy, sr., F; Will Ketterer, sr., G; Tommy Freed, sr., F; Cam Ochs, jr., G; Jackson Thompson, jr., F; Andrew Spaan, jr., G (transfer from West Shore Christian).

Opener: Friday, vs. Bermudian Springs at Bermudian Springs Tip-Off Tournament, 8

East Pennsboro Panthers

Coach: Brandon Rowe (1st season)

Classification: 4A

Last year: 6-16 (1-11)

Postseason: did not qualify

Key losses: Nik Karoly, F; Zach Mulhauser, sr., G.

Key returners/newcomers: n/a

Opener: Friday, vs. Greenwood at Paul Corby Tip-Off Tournament, Boiling Springs, 6

Trinity Shamrocks

Coach: Larry Kostelac Jr. (36th season, 725-285)

Classification: 3A

Last year: 26-4 (12-0)

Postseason: Beat Camp Hill 72-52 in District 3 Class 3A championship game; lost to Lincoln Park in PIAA Class 3A championship game.

Key losses: Matt Long, G; Ben Gnall, G; Conor Moore, F; Kalen Veres, F; Patrick Walker, F.

Key returners/newcomers: Marcus Beckett, sr., F; Aley Zangari, sr., G; Ben Patten, sr., G; Andrey Burns, sr., G; Sam Kirchhoff, sr., G; Christian Chavey, sr., F; Jacob Karagiannis, sr., G; Tre McAuliffe, jr., F; TJ Lawson, jr., G; Logan Groff, jr., F; Spencer Britt, jr., G; Chance Westry, so., G; Julian Gabbidon, so., G (from Harrisburg Academy).

Opener: Saturday, at York Catholic, 4:30

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Boiling Springs East Pennsboro Boys (copy)

Boiling Springs’ Gavin Donley, left, is now the senior leader hoping to guide the Bubblers back to the District 3 playoffs.


Big Spring Bulldogs

Coach: Jason Creek (8th season, 7th at Big Spring, 61-94)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 13-10 (6-6)

Postseason: Lost to Milton Hershey 86-54 in District 3 Class 5A ninth-place consolation quarterfinals.

Key losses: JT Kuhn, F; John Brown, G; Trevor Moyer, jr., G (transfer to Carlisle Christian Academy).

Key returners/newcomers: Gavin Pritchard, sr., C; Jack Shulenberger, jr., G; Matthew Ward, so., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. Cedar Cliff at JT Kuhn Memorial Tip-Off Game, 7:30

Boiling Springs Bubblers

Coach: Joel Martin (1st season at Boiling Springs, 13th season overall)

Classification: 4A

Last year: 9-13 (5-7)

Postseason: Lost to Octorara 76-60 in District 3 Class 4A first round.

Key losses: Grayson Hacker, F; Carson Myers, G; Zach VonStein, G; Mike Wagner, G; Leon Pham, G.

Key returners/newcomers: Gavin Donley, sr., F/C; Reece Raudabaugh, sr., G; Trey Martin, so., G.

Opener: Friday, vs. Delone Catholic at Paul Corby Tip-Off Tournament, 7:45

Northern Polar Bears

Coach: Kyle McGill (5th season, 53-43)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 23-6 (11-1)

Postseason: Lost to York 86-68 in District 3 Class 5A third-place game; lost to Sun Valley 61-53 in PIAA Class 5A second round.

Key losses: Ryan McGill, F; Michael Ginder, F; Chris Barrett, F; Nik Kozian, G; Dan Leitholf, G; Cam Kearns, G.

Key returners/newcomers: Eddie Ensor, sr., G/F; Nate McGill, jr., G; Jordan Heisey, jr., G/F; Tyler Weary, jr., G/F; Alex Welshans, jr., G/F; Jacob Hamm, jr., G/F; Ryan Delafield, so.

Opener: Friday, vs. Northeastern at Northeastern Tournament, 7:30

Shippensburg Greyhounds

Coach: Ray Staver (27th season, 388 wins)

Classification: 5A

Last year: 15-9 (7-5)

Postseason: Lost to Cocalico 72-66 in District 3 Class 5A ninth-place consolation quarterfinals.

Key losses: Adam Houser, G.

Key returners/newcomers: Collin Taylor, jr., F; Isaiah Houser, jr., F; Jayden Statum, so., G; Anthony Smith, so., F; Jeremy Thomas, so., G; Jacob Cramer, jr., G; Carter Funk, so., F.

Opener: Friday, vs. New Oxford at Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament, 6


Carlisle Christian Academy

Coach: Alan Brunner (4th season, 33-28)

Key losses: none.

Key returners/newcomers: Noah Brunner, sr., G; Luke Hurley, sr., G; Nick Mullen, sr., F; Tristan Moyer, jr., G (transfer from Big Spring).

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