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Standing at 7-feet, Red Land's Steve Zack represents the tallest player in the Mid-Penn.

Here is a breakdown of area boys high school basketball teams for the 2010-11 season:

BIG SPRING BULLDOGS

Coach - Steve Naticchia (1st year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Colonial Division

Last Year - 15-9 (6-2 Capital)

Playoffs - Defeated Schuylkill Valley 48-47 in the District 3 Class AAA play-in game. Fell to West York 70-56 in the first round.

Key losses - Tyler Carns (All-Sentinel First Team, 12.7 ppg, 43 3-pointers), Hunter Bailey (3.8 ppg), Jake Henry (All-Sentinel Honorable Mention, 9.6 ppg).

Key returning players - Andrew Fry (Jr., 5-7; 3.0 ppg)

Top newcomers - Joe Todaro (Sr., G, 6-0), Lucas Christlieb (Sr., G/F, 6-0); Alex Eberly (Sr., G/F, 6-0); Zach Zimmerman (Sr., C, 6-0); Jordan Houck (Jr., 6-0, G); Logan Shulenberger (Jr., 6-2, F/C); Isaiah Grier (So., 6-1, F); Kyle Keen (So., 6-0, C); Tyler Pion (So., F, 6-1).

Opener - Friday, vs. Boiling Springs at Boiling Springs Tip-Off Tournament, 7:30 p.m.

Coach's comments - "Obviously we will be very inexperienced with only one returning player with any significant varsity experience. We also have very limited size. We will attempt to make up for our lack of size and experience by playing pressure defense and an up-tempo style on offense."

Breakdown - Last year was a great turnaround year for the Big Spring basketball program, which went from a 3-19 squad in 2009 to a team with five times as many wins in 2010. But gone from that team is All-Sentinel first-teamer Tyler Carns, who lit the opposition up with his long-range shooting abilities. The Sentinel's Coach of the Year, Greg Schreiber, is no longer with the team, either. Obviously, this could be a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs. Nobody on the roster stands taller than 6-foot-2, which means Big Spring will have to fight hard for everything it gets this season.


BOILING SPRINGS BUBBLERS

Coach - Pat Dieter (28th year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Capital

Last Year - 17-6 (11-1 Colonial)

Playoffs - Fell 57-41 to Susquehanna Twp. in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA playoffs.

Key losses - Speed Watson (All-Sentinel First Team, 15.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Luke Hetrick (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Colin Ruane (4.6 ppg).

Key returning players - Ryan Warner (All-Sentinel Second Team, Sr., 6-3, G; 11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Josh Conklin (Sr., 6-0, G; 0.3 ppg 0.3 rpg); Sam Dell (Sr., 6-1, G, 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg); Dave Cook (Sr., 6-0, G; 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg); Jared Bliss (Jr., 6-4, F; 3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg); Jeff Rogers (Jr., 5-10; 2.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg); Yogi Amin (Sr., 5-10, F; 1.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg); Jose Guyler (Sr., 5-8, G).

Top newcomers - Dylan Randall (Jr., 6-3, F)

Opener - Friday, vs. Big Spring at Boiling Springs Tip-Off Tournament, 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown - With All-Sentinel first-teamer Speed Watson and key contributor Luke Hetrick out of the picture, there are a couple of voids for 28th year coach Pat Dieter to fill. With a team in need of a scorer, this could prove to be a breakout year for Ryan Warner, assuming he gets a little help from fellow senior role players. The defending co-champion of the Colonial Division will have to work even harder to take the Capital Division this year, which features six teams that qualified for the district playoffs last season.


CAMP HILL LIONS

Coach - Kevin Rutherford (5th year)

Classification - A

Division - Mid-Penn Capital

Last Year - 8-16 (4-8 Colonial)

Playoffs: Defeated Lancaster Country Day 47-41 in the first round of the District 3 Class A playoffs. Fell 57-36 to Greenwood in the quarterfinals.

Key losses - Lucas Hamm (8.3 ppg), Alex Patchin (15.6 ppg), Bryan Leach.

Key returning players - Jamie Karl (Sr., 6-3; 5.7 ppg); Ray Smeriglio (Sr., 6-3; 4.0 ppg); Ryan Herr (So., 6-4; 6.5 ppg); Deshawn Williams (So., 6-1, 2.7 ppg)

Top newcomers - Marcellus Hayes (Jr., 6-1); Bobby Hummel (Jr., 6-2); Robbie Thompson (Fr., 6-2); Paul Fetrow (Fr., 5-9)

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

Coach's comments - "We look to be competitive in a very tough division. We're the only Class A team in an all-Class AAA division. The young guys have to learn on the go. We have great senior leadership."

Breakdown - Rutherford loses plenty with the departures of Hamm and Patchin, two players who combined for over 20 points a game a year ago. In addition to those losses, Camp Hill is now in a tougher division. The Lions need to win as many games as they can, which might not be that many, and use the lumps it takes in the process to grow as a team in preparation for the District 3 Class A tournament.


CARLISLE THUNDERING HERD

Coach - Emery Cook (4th year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Commonwealth

Last Year - 14-8 (10-6 Commonwealth)

Playoffs - Lost 47-43 to Lampeter-Strasburg in a District 3 Class AAAA play-in game.

Key losses - Anthony Coleman (All-Sentinel First Team, 18.4 ppg), Jon Goodman (4.5 ppg), Dan Cook (5.8 ppg).

Key returning players - Lee Townsend (Sr., 6-1, F; 6.7 ppg); Reggie Oberton (Sr., 6-4, C; 6.9 ppg); Mirnes "Mayo" Hrbatovic (Sr., 6-3, G/F; 3.0 ppg); Kevin Willard (Jr., 6-3, F; 10.1 ppg); Brandon Cheeseborough (Sr., 5-8, G; 0.8 ppg); Dominic Ortiz (Jr., 6-0, G; 2.0 ppg)

Top newcomers - Rayshaun Anderson-Brown (Jr., 6-2, G); Jonas Page (So., 6-5, G/F); George Douglas (Jr., 6-3, F).

Opener - Friday, vs. Mechanicsburg in the Carlisle Classic Tournament, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - "This could be the year the Herd truly challenge for the Mid-Penn Commonwealth title. The club is primed and ready to go as it returns six players from a team that finished third in the conference last year. Players to watch are Mirnes Hrbatovic, Lee Townsend, Reggie Oberton and Kevin Willard. The Wild Card could be 6-foot-5 Jonas Page, who has been getting Division I looks already."

Breakdown - Once again, coach Cook believes his Thundering Herd squad has a shot at the Commonwealth Division. The question is, does his team believe it, too? Last year, with All-Sentinel first-teamer Anthony Coleman leading the way, Carlisle made waves in division play, even pulling out a 65-63 win over Commonwealth favorite Harrisburg. Even though the star power is gone with the graduation of Coleman, Carlisle seems to have grown in depth and could have stars-in-the-making with Oberton, Willard and Page. The addition of 6-foot-6 freshman J.D. Hughes to the roster is intriguing - the kid proved he could shine at golf, now it's time to see if he can help the Herd on the hardwood.


CEDAR CLIFF COLTS

Coach - Jim Rowe (4th year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Keystone

Last Year - 10-12 (7-9 Commonwealth)

Key losses - Mason Snyder (3.8 ppg), Casey Robinson (0.9 ppg), Majok Majok (4.7 ppg).

Key returning players - Tim Kelly (All-Sentinel Honorable Mention, Sr., G, 6-1; 15.5 ppg); Drew Dugan (Sr., F, 6-2; 3.2 ppg); Josh Lebo (Sr., F, 6-4; 0.9 ppg); Christo Majok (Jr., G, 6-3; 7.1 ppg); Nol Aru (Jr., F, 6-2; 12.6 ppg); Logan Stumpf (Jr., G, 6-4; 1.8 ppg); Adam Breneman (So., F, 6-4).

Top newcomers - Matt Acevedo (Sr., 6-0, G)

Opener - Friday, vs. Warwick at Carlisle Tournament, 6

Coach's comments - "We are looking forward to entering into the newly-revamped Keystone Division. We have many returning players and look forward to christening our newly-furbished gymnasium."

Breakdown - With a solid returning core, the Colts could make life a little bit hard for other squads in the revamped Keystone Division. So many players to talk about. Majok and Aru are exciting to watch, Kelly is a returning All-Sentinel Honorable Mention player and Breneman was an absolute beast on the football field in the fall. If all the pieces fall together for the Colts, which we think they will, Cedar Cliff could be the team that slays the giant - Red Land.


CUMBERLAND VALLEY EAGLES

Coach - Mike Hibbs (2nd year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Commonwealth

Last Year - 7-15 (3-13 Commonwealth)

Key losses - Nick Masciantonio (5.2 ppg).

Key returning players - Jourdon Wilson (All-Sentinel Second Team, Sr., 5-11, G; 12.8 ppg); Mike Palkovitz (Sr., 6-1, G; 11.1 ppg); Donovan Tolbert (Sr., 6-3, F; 3.9 ppg); Tyler Maloney (Sr., 5-10, G; 3.6 ppg)

Top newcomers - Joost Vervoort (Sr., 6-7, foreign exchange student); Dave Craig (Jr., 6-5, moved into school district); Mike Little (Jr., 6-4, moved into school district)

Opener - Friday, at Milton Hershey, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - "Obviously we are a lot bigger than last year with the additions of Vervoort, Craig and Little. All three will add some much-needed size and depth on the interior. We also return our top two scorers from last year in Wilson and Palkovitz and we have some depth on the perimeter as well. We will try to push the ball and look to attack on offense to create some more scoring opportunities than what we had last year. We also have some shooters who will be able to knock down the open shot once we get the defense to collapse. The biggest obstacle we face is that we are only in the second year of running this system and we will still have some learning and growing pains with it. In addition, we have three new players who figure to play quality minutes for us, so it is going to take some time for all of the players to get on the same page and understand each other and what the coaches are asking of them. Defensively, we are going to look to mix up defenses to keep the opposing teams off balance.

Breakdown - Yes, the Eagles finished eight games under .500 a season ago, but any team that overlooks Cumberland Valley this season is a foolish one. Not only do the Eagles bring back their top scorers in Wilson and Palkovitz, they also have added a little height stability to what was previously a smallish lineup. Vervoort, Craig and Little are all new to the team and all stand 6-foot-4 or higher - if all the chips fall in the right places, their impact could help CV compete for a division title.


EAST PENNSBORO PANTHERS

Coach - Steve Laudenslager (8th year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Capital Division

Last Year - 20-8 (11-1 Colonial)

Playoffs - Defeated Middletown 56-52 in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. Beat West York 52-48 in the quarterfinals. Lost 66-52 to Eastern York in the semifinals. Dropped a 72-64 decision to Steel-High in the third-place game. Fell 52-28 to Abington Heights in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

Key losses - Grigoriy Stepanyan (All-Sentinel Honorable Mention, 8.2 ppg), Matt Porter (2.2 ppg), David Unitis (2.6 ppg).

Key returning players - Alberto De Los Santos (All-Sentinel First Team, Sr., G, 5-11; 10.9 ppg); Nate Conrad (Sr., G, 5-6; 4.6 ppg); Kelvin White (Sr., G/F, 6-3; 3.1 ppg); Bryce Wilson (Sr., F, 6-4; 5.9 ppg); Matt Aikey (Jr., G/F, 6-7; 6.0 ppg).

Top newcomers - Ryder King (Jr., G, 6-0); Brandon Robinson (Jr., G, 5-7); Greg Waskikowski (Sr., G, 5-11); A.J. Wilson (So., G/F, 6-2)

Opener - Friday, vs. Shippensburg at Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - "As like every year I want us to compete every night and leave it all on the floor. We need to establish our bench contributions. We have some experience returning that should help us early on."

Breakdown - The Panthers lost Stepanyan to graduation, but besides that, they return most of the team that qualified for the PIAA Tournament last year. De Los Santos, White and big man Aikey make East Pennsboro a tough squad to deal with and one of the favorites to compete for the Capital Division. Of course, with the addition of the Trinity Shamrocks to the division, nothing will be a guarantee for the Panthers.


MECHANICSBURG WILDCATS

Coach - Bob Strickler (7th year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Keystone

Last Year - 12-11 (8-8 Keystone)

Playoffs - Fell 61-46 to Warwick in the play-in round of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs.

Key losses - Dylan Edgar (All-Sentinel Honorable Mention, 12.7 ppg), David Slagle (10.6 ppg), Matt Dunn (5.9 ppg), Matt Becker (4.5 ppg).

Key returning players - Jimmy Spanos (Sr., G, 5-10; 6.8 ppg); David Strausbaugh (Sr., G, 5-10; 3.6 ppg); Anthony Stricker (Sr., G/F, 6-4; 2.7 ppg); Austin Schoffstall (Sr., F, 6-5; 1.9 ppg)

Top newcomers - Austin Martz (Sr., G, 5-6); John Thompson (So., F, 6-1); Andrew Spanos (So., G, 5-11); Brett Minter (Jr., G, 5-10)

Opener - Friday, vs. Carlisle in the Carlisle Classic Tournament, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - Strickler said, "Guard play will be critical to our success as a team. We won't be as big up front and that will be a challenge, but we are a little more athletic than we have been in the past. Another key will be finding consistency on offense. Hopefully, our seniors step up and provide some consistent scoring threats. We will also be counting on several sophomores to give us valuable varsity minutes."

Breakdown - The loss of Edgar hurts, but Strickler-coached teams usually find a way to compete. With that said, finding a scorer (and a rebounder for that matter) is an early-season priority for the Wildcats - no returning starter scored more seven points a game last season. It will be interesting to see how many minutes go in the direction of Martz, who returns from a hiatus from the program. Martz sparkled on the soccer field in the fall and if he can use his hands the same way he can use his feet, who knows how much he could assist the team.


NORTHERN POLAR BEARS

Coach - Nick Butt (3rd year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Colonial

Last Year - 6-16 (3-9 Colonial)

Key losses - Jordan Reed (5.0 ppg), Salem Soni, Jordan Miller (9.8 ppg), Cody MacDonald.

Key returning players - Scott Reeder (Sr., 6-1, F; 13.3 ppg); Evan Werner (Jr., 5-8, G); Zach Fish (Jr., 6-3, F/C; 1.9 ppg); Emery Olcott (Sr., 6-2, C; 2.3 ppg); Jeff Berwager (Jr., 5-11, G; 4.7 ppg); Kurt Laird (Sr., 6-2, F; 3.6 ppg)

Top newcomers - Tanner Dixon (So, 5-8, G); Bobby Smutsky (Jr., 6-2, F); Zac Ilgenfritz (So., 5-9, G); Travis Saylor (So., 6-2, F).

Opener - Tuesday, Dec. 14 at home vs. Greencastle-Antrim, 7:30 p.m.

Coach's comments - "With a renewed focus on building team chemistry, mental toughness and a passion to compete - the culture of excellence at Northern is beginning to change."

Breakdown - With Reeder leading the way, Northern could be a competitive team in the Colonial Division. But with the losses of Miller and MacDonald, who is going to be the secondary scorer to Reeder? With seven players listed on the roster at 6-foot or higher, the Polar Bears could have just enough height to churn out a .500 record or better.


RED LAND PATRIOTS

Coach - Scott Slayton (13th year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Keystone

Last Year - 24-6 (13-3 Keystone)

Playoffs: Defeated Red Lion 45-36 in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs. Fell 55-50 to York in the quarterfinals. Defeated Penn Manor 44-37 in the consolation semifinals. Beat Warwick 67-50 in the fifth-place game. Lost 74-31 to Plymouth Whitemarsh in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.

Key losses - Max Flournoy (All-Sentinel Second Team, 7.3 ppg), Adam Keller (1.7 ppg).

Key returning players - Steve Zack (All-Sentinel Co-Player of the Year, Sr., 7-0, C; 13.8 ppg); Mike Zangari (All-Sentinel Co-Player of the Year, Jr., 6-9, F; 16.3 ppg); Nick Diller (Sr., 5-9, G; 5.0 ppg).

Top newcomers - Duke Antonelli (Jr., 6-3, G; 7.0 ppg); Billy Wilt (Sr., 6-1, G); Robbie Stover (Sr., 6-0, G); Rhett Baker (Sr., 6-0, G)

Opener - Friday, vs. North Allegheny at State College Tip-Off, 6

Coach's comments - "There are a lot of expectations for us this season, but nobody sets a higher standard than we do for ourselves. We accept the challenge and look forward to overcoming whatever obstacles we may face throughout the year."

Breakdown - Red Land is easily the area team with the biggest expectations. It's a good thing those expectations have big shoulders to fall on. Senior center Zack grew up to 7-feet tall in the offseason and teammate Zangari, at 6-9, is no shorty, either. The last time the Patriots took the floor, they were drilled in a 43-point loss to Plymouth-Whitemarsh at states - expect Red Land to take out its frustrations on its regular-season opponents, each and every game this season.


SHIPPENSBURG GREYHOUNDS

Coach - Darren Shaffer (2nd year)

Classification - AAAA

Division - Mid-Penn Colonial

Last Year - 10-12 (4-4 Capital)

Playoffs - Fell 57-52 to Milton Hershey in the District 3 Class AAA play-in game.

Key losses - Greg Williams, Ryan Maun, Travis Faust (8.5 ppg).

Key returning players - Derek Boone (Sr., 6-0, G; 10.6 ppg); Dereck Mills (Sr., G, 5-11; 8.0 ppg); Austin Marzullo (Sr., F, 6-5; 3.0 ppg); Zach Myers (Jr., G, 5-9; 0.2 ppg); Tanner Hammon (Sr., G, 5-10; 3.0 ppg); James Kiama (Sr., F, 6-0; 2.0 ppg).

Top newcomers - Marshall Witmer (Jr., G, 6-0); Matt Chiappelli (Jr., F, 6-3); Shane Witmer (Jr., F, 6-0); Zach McMullen (Jr., F, 6-1); Hunter Wyrick (Jr., F, 6-2)

Opener - Friday, vs. East Pennsboro at the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - "We have worked pretty hard in practice to this point. I think we will be competitive in our league. Our guard play with Boone and Mills returning should be a strength. I like the depth of this team, but I am a little concerned about how well we will rebound, especially early in the season. Our goal is to compete every night we play. If we do that, a .500-plus season is very realistic."

Breakdown - The Greyhounds have a couple of nice scorers in Boone and Mills and with the return of Marzullo, they could be a contender for the Capital Division title. Keys for the program will be playing hard every night and finding depth on the bench. If Ship suffers losses to inferior divisional opponents, it will have a very tough time competing for the division title.


SUSQUENITA BLACKHAWKS

Coach - Jeff Deitz (1st year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Capital

Last Year - 2-20 (0-12 Colonial)

Key losses - Mike Magaro (3.7 ppg), Brett Hammaker.

Key returning players -Jeraye Dennis (Sr., 6-0, G; 4.9 ppg); Mike Lindgren (Sr., 6-3, F); Taylor Nace (Sr., 6-5, F; 3.8 ppg); Nolan Hoover (Jr., 6-2, G/F; 5.0 ppg); Drew Knowles (So., 6-4, F); Zach Harvey (Sr., 5-10, G); Max Flurie (Sr., 5-8, G; 5.0 ppg).

Top newcomers - Mitch Saltzburg (Jr., 5-11, G); Brandon Parson (So., 6-0, G)

Opener - Friday, vs. Dover at Bermudian Springs Tournament, 6:30 p.m.

Coach's comments - "The kid's attitudes are geat. We're pretty positive. We need to improve in a lot of areas. We're going to concentrate on being a fundamental basketball team. We want to be solid defensively and patient offensively, that's been our mantra."

Breakdown - Winless in the Colonial Division a year ago, the Blackhawks are rewarded with a tougher schedule against the Capital Division this season. Susquenita returns most of its players, but obviously still has a lot of work to do. Utilizing height and finding scoring are two priorities for the Blackhawks.


TRINITY SHAMROCKS

Coach - Larry Kostelac (27th year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Capital

Last Year - 17-8 (10-6 Keystone)

Playoffs - Defeated York Catholic 63-48 in the District 3 Class AA quarterfinals. Beat Hanover 62-39 in the semifinals. Won the district championship, defeating Lancaster Mennonite 77-65. Lost 68-46 to Strawberry Mansion in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs.

Key losses - Eric Kindler (All-Sentinel First Team, 19.6 ppg), Mike Diminick (9.8 ppg), Mike Rohme (2.7 ppg).

Key returning players - Kevin Agnew (All-Sentinel Second Team, Sr., G, 5-9; 13.2 ppg); Jack Osbourne (Sr., G, 6-1; 9.8 ppg); Alex Wise (Sr., F, 6-6; 3.4 ppg); Marcus Holt (Sr., G, 6-0; 1.1 ppg); Chuck Holupka (Sr., F, 6-3; 1.0 ppg); Patrick Dill (Jr., F, 6-2; 0.7 ppg).

Top newcomers - James Daly (Jr., G, 6-0), Matt Guise (Jr., G, 6-1), Chris Lenz (Jr., F, 6-3), Christian Duke (Jr., F, 6-2), Dylan DeFrank (So., G, 5-11), Brad Wesner (So., G, 6-0), Jay Agnew (So., G, 5-10).

Opener - Saturday, vs. York Catholic, 5 p.m.

Coach's comments - "We have some very experienced returning players and a nice mix of first-year players. We will be counting on our senior players to provide the leadership that is necessary to help underclassmen as they begin their varsity careers. We do not have great size but we have a lot of depth. This lends itself very well to our pressure defense and pressure offense philosophy. We anticipate a 9-10 man rotation that will be compared to the better defensive teams that we've had in the past. Finding scoring is a priority, therefore, we will rely heavily upon our defense to create scoring opportunities. We should be a fun team to watch this year."

Breakdown - An interesting team in an interesting spot. The Shamrocks move up from Class AA to AAA, yet move down a division from the Keystone to the Capital. On days it would be contending with Red Land or Susquehanna Twp. a year ago, the Shamrocks will now be facing the likes of East Pennsboro and West Perry instead. Given its rich program history, Trinity will constantly be getting ‘A' efforts from opponents, so taking the division seriously is a must. Kindler, an All-Sentinel first-teamer, is gone, but the return of Agnew and Osbourne is still enough to call the Shamrocks the favorite in the Capital Division.


WEST PERRY MUSTANGS

Coach - Michael Urich (13th year)

Classification - AAA

Division - Mid-Penn Capital

Last Year - 10-12 (5-7 Colonial)

Key losses - Charlie Dunkelberger (4.1 ppg), Brent Gates, Ian Bond (4.2 ppg).

Key returning players - Jesse Urich (All-Sentinel Second Team, Jr., G, 5-10; 15.1 ppg); Jade Wilson (Sr., F, 6-6; 12.4 ppg); Bryce Stambaugh (Jr., G, 6-3; 11.2 ppg).

Top newcomers - Patrick Gates (Sr., P, 6-7), Daulton Smeigh (Jr., F, 6-0), Colton Abeling (Jr., F, 6-0), Jacob Oldaker (Jr., G, 5-10), Ryan McMillen (So., G, 5-10), Clayton Meisel (Jr., F, 6-4).

Opener - Friday, at Mifflinburg Tournament, 6 p.m.

Coach's comments - "We need to improve defensively as a team. We have a good team with our quickness and size, but we need leadership from returning players. Everybody is going to need to accept their roles on the team."

Breakdown - With three returning players averaging more than 10 points per game, it's now or never for the Mustangs. Wilson has the height, while Stambaugh and Urich bring to the table an exciting brand of guard play. Playing in a deep division, finding role players and good depth on the bench is a must.


BIBLE BAPTIST BOBCATS

Coach - Lowell Kratzer (4th year)

Conference - Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference (CCAC)

Last Year - 2-19

Key losses - Matt Stelzer (7.2 ppg), Dru Arp (3.8 ppg, transferred to Harrisburg Christian).

Key returning players - Erik Johnson (Sr., 5-11, G/F; 7.1 ppg); Josh Custer (Jr., 6-0, G/F); Jordan Buser (Jr., 5-10, G); Paul Hill (So., 6-4, C/F); Paul Williams (So., 5-6, G).

Top newcomers - Elliott Keys (Jr., 6-2, G/F); Mitchell Raup (Fr., 6-4, C/F)

Opener - Friday, vs. Harrisburg Christian in the Harrisburg Christian Tip-Off Tournament

Coach's comments - "We're still young but several underclassmen saw considerable playing time a year ago and have improved. This team is more athletic and deeper than in the past. We're anxious to get started."

Breakdown - Coach Kratzer has a good feeling about this team, going as far as to say he thinks it could be a winner this year. We're not sure the Bobcats are at that level yet, but we will say this: Bible Baptist has an unusual amount of tall players this season. What does that height mean? Only time will tell.


HARRISBURG ACADEMY SPARTANS

Coach - Steve Pancoski (18th year)

Last Year - 16-8

Playoffs - Lost 64-47 to Antietam in the first round of the District 3 Class A playoffs.

Key losses - Adam Chernicoff (All-Sentinel Honorable Mention, 16.9 ppg), Zach Cohen (14.8 ppg), Natimi Black-Heaven (4.7 ppg), Alex Merluzzi, Reuben Mitrani (4.2 ppg), Sebastian Rauenzahn.

Key returning players - Nathan Walborn (So., 6-0, F; 3.5 ppg); Davone Colbert (Sr., 5-10, G); Phil Coronado (Sr., 5-10, F)

Top newcomers - Cole Goodman (Jr., 5-11, F); Yuval Shavit (So., 5-11, G); Zack Barrett (Fr., 5-11, F)

Opener - Friday, vs. East Juniata at East Juniata Tip-Off Tournament, 7:30 p.m.

Coach's comments - Pancoski said, "We have an eager and inexperienced team."

Breakdown - Almost all of the scoring from last year is gone and it's up to an unknown group of young players to pick up the pieces. Pancoski, with nearly 20 years in the biz, is up for the challenge.

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