Pictured: Putnam Valley senior Zack Nolan vs. Our Lady of Lourdes
The new basketball season is here. The Journal News and lohud.com 2013-14 preview will drop on Saturday, but we’ll have plenty more then—including this year’s Super 7—so we’re getting started now.
Below you can find team-by-team reports on teams in Class B. If you have more to add, please let us know.
Let’s kick things off with a video that gives our forecast for the upcoming season:
BLIND BROOK TROJANS
Coach: Mike Welsh (9th season)
Last season’s record: 12-8
Playoffs: Lost in Class B quarterfinals to eventual champion Lourdes
Key Returners: Jeff Visoky (5-11), Sr., G; Jacob Berk (5-10), Sr., G; Scott Wurtzel (6-0), Sr., F; Cal Snisky (5-11), Sr., G; Ryan Schaenman (6-1), Jr., F; Bo Fishman (6-0), Jr., F; Doug Popper (5-9), Jr., G; Kyle Mak (6-1), So., G.
Key Newcomers: Sam Rubenstein (5-10), Sr., F; Austin Lavitt (6-0), So., G; Lance Goldman (5-10), Jr., F; Alex Egol (5-8), Jr., G; Daniel Rosenbaum (6-0), Jr., F.
Coach speak: “Visoky was the team’s second-leading scorer last season and finished the year on a high note by scoring 19 points in consecutive sectional games. Berk, Snisky, Wurtzel, and Schaenman all played major minutes last year and will be relied on heavily because of their experience. Without a player taller than 6-foot-1 on our roster, we will have to compensate for our lack of size by playing team defense and emphasizing team rebounding.”
Coach: Cody Moffett, 1st season
Last season’s record: 16-2
Playoffs: Lost to North Salem in quarterfinal
Key returners: Alquan Philip (5-11), Jr., G; Sean Crowley (6-5), So., C; Jackson Wexler (5-11), Jr., G; Malik White (5-10), Jr., G; Jeff Blair (6-3), Jr., F.
Key newcomers: Josiah Cobbs (6-2), So., F; Robert Contento (6-0), Jr., F; Jack Reish (6-0), Fr., G.
Coach speak: “Alquan Phillip is the only returning starter, having started all 18 games. He was the team’s primary defender. The team will lean on his experience and leadership, along with Jackson Wexler, to vie for a trip to the County Center. This year’s team is young and inexperienced but will not use this as an excuse or crutch. They remain optimistic that with hard work and chemistry they can make a strong playoff push.”
Coach: Brian Senior (8th season)
Last season’s record: 8-11
Playoffs: Lost in first round to eventual champ Lourdes
Key returners: Charlie Tarry (6-2), Jr., F; Brendan Walsh (5-10), Jr., G; Liam Aherne (6-4), Sr., C; Michael Crawford (5-10), Jr., G; Tyler Schultz (6-1), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Matthew Toal (5-8), Fr., G; Alston Tarry (5-9) 8th., G.
Coach speak: “Having lost four starters to graduation, the Broncos will look to fill the gap with 10 returning players from last year’s team. Charlie Tarry is the only returning starter who will have to shoulder the majority of the scoring burden for the team this year. We look forward to additional scoring coming from Brendan Walsh and Tyler Schultz as they enter their second year on the varsity level. With only three seniors on the roster, the team looks to continue to improve throughout the season in order to make a run at the playoffs. The team will have to rely on solid defensive as a staple of their identity until the offense jells.”
Coach: Bill Thom (29th season)
Last season’s record: 10-9
Playoffs: Lost to Edgemont in the first round
Key returners: Jason Howald (5-11), Sr., G; Peter Miller (6-2), Sr., F; Eddie Clark (6-2), Jr., F; Robert Lynch (6-4), Sr., F; Chris McVeety (6-6), Jr., F; Owen Ackerman (6-3), Jr., F; Patrick Gallagher (6-3), Jr., F; Peter Dinger (6-0), Jr., G; Connor Thomann (5-8), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Teejay Searight (5-6), Jr., G; Jon Ferrante (6-2), Jr., F; Steven Sandoval (6-0), Jr., G; Eric Gaccione (6-1), Jr., F; Noah Campbell (6-0), Jr., G; Lucas Curran (6-0), Fr., G.
Coach speak: “The Tigers graduated Ian Thom, Croton-Harmon’s all-time leading scorer (1,267 points) and all-time assist leader (416). As a senior, Ian averaged 24.3 ppg. Croton-Harmon will participate in the Putnam County Officials Challenge on Jan. 4 vs. John Jay. The Tigers will host Hen Hud in their annual rivalry game, “The Gazette Cup,” on Feb. 8. The Tigers have worked hard to date. They hope to improve during the 2013-14 campaign and be in the hunt for a league and section title.”
DOBBS FERRY EAGLES
Coach: Scott Patrillo (11th season)
Last season’s record: 15-7
Playoffs: Lost to Lourdes in Class B finals
Key returners: George Roca (5-8), Jr., PG; Dan Riefenhauser (6-2), Sr., F; Tim Soave (6-0), Sr., F; Gabe Natale (6-3), Jr., F; Dan Foresti (5-10), Jr., G; Dan Lilling (5-10), Sr., G; Chris Cipriano (5-9), So., G.
Key newcomers: Hanry Tashman (6-3), Jr., F; Kyle Coache (6-2), So., F.
Coach speak: “Dobbs Ferry will look to replace 85 percent of its scoring from last season with a balanced attack and an inside-outsie game. The team has very athletic players and will look to develop an identity early in the season and continue to grow over the first half of the season. Tight defense and pressure will be key to the team’s success.”
HASTINGS YELLOW JACKETS
Coach: Ezra Elliott (3rd season)
Last season’s record: 9-10
Playoffs: Lost in first round to Putnam Valley
Key returners: Francesco Scioscia (6-1), Sr., G; Will Weitzman (6-3), So., F; Tyler Caraballo (6-2), Sr., F.
Key newcomers: Anthony Scioscia (6-2), Jr., F; Justin Mayers (6-0), Jr., G; Josh Rieck (6-0), Jr., G; Matt Linder (5-10), Jr., G; Grant Hevia (5-11), So., G; Brendan Flynn (5-9), Fr., G.
Coach speak: “Francesco Scioscia was an all-league selection last season and will be relied upon to lead a very young and inexperienced team. Look for contributions from Weitzman, Caraballo and Anthony Scioscia inside defensively and on the boards. Mayers, Rieck, Linder and Hevia will be asked to take care of the ball and knock down open shots. Expect a very balanced offensive attack, with a variety of lineups led by Francesco Scioscia’s unselfish style. Look for Weitzman to make a jump after a solid freshman season.”
Coach: Mike Auerbach (4th season)
Last season’s record: 7-13
Playoffs: Lost in first round
Key returners: Mike Macchia (6-3), Sr. F; Jon Goldreich (6-1), Sr., G/F; Adrian Valdes (6-1), Sr., G/F; Danny Hargraves (5-11-), Sr., G; Scott Eisland (6-2), Sr., F; Kevin Tierney (6-3), Jr., F; Andrew Brennan (6-1), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Youssouf Sonko (6-0), Sr., F; Justin Martins (5-11), Jr., G; Max Kandler (5-9), Jr., G; Jack Herte (6-1), Jr., F; Matt Friedlander (5-9), Jr., G
Coach speak: “Irvington returns seven players from last year’s team, including leading scorer Kevin Tierney (14 ppg). The team has several players with multiple years of varsity experience, which hopefully can be an advantage early on. The Bulldogs hope to rely on consistent scoring inside and strong rebounding to have a successful season.”
NORTH SALEM TIGERS
Coach: Henry Sassone (29th season)
Last season’s record: 12-9
Playoffs: Lost in semifinals to Dobbs Ferry
Key returners: Thomas Bond (6-6), Sr., G; Terry Beyer (6-6), Sr., C; Teddy Daros (6-5), Sr., C; Tomas Salaverria (5-10), Sr., F; Connor Murphy (5-9), Sr., G; Michael Less (5-10), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Todd Beyer (6-3), Jr., F; Miles D’Allesandro (6-1), Fr., G, transferred from Byram Hills; Dan Capra (5-9), So., G; Phil Capra (5-9), Jr., G; David Schaub (6-4), Sr., C.
Coach speak: “Tommy Bond and Terry Beyer are the only returners who played significant minutes last year. For this team to be successful, defense and rebounding are the two key components we need to focus on. I believe we have many scoring options, but we will need to keep teams in the 40s to to successful. Our schedule is very competitive. We are playing a host of AA and A teams in Section 1. Our goal is to compete for a league championship and to qualify for the Class B tournament.”
PALISADE PREP PHOENIX
Coach: Sean Stahn (4th season)
Last season’s record: 18-4
Playoffs: Won Section 1 Class C title; lost to Pine Plains in state regional semifinals
Key returners: Dwight Allen Jr. (5-8), So., PG; Marcell Cherry (6-0), Sr., F/C; Maliq Hooks (6-0), Jr., G/F; Terrance Mullins (5-10), Fr., G; Kevin Sabino (5-11), Sr., G; Brandon Tate (5-8), Sr., G; Isaiah Ward (6-4), Sr., G/F; Zachary Warren (5-10), Sr. G.
Key newcomers: Melad Daoud (6-2), Jr., F/C; Demetrius Foster (6-2), Sr., G/F.
Coach speak: “Seniors Isaiah Ward (15.8 ppg) and Kevin Sabino (11.7 ppg) were the leading scorers last year and will continue to be the focal points on offense. Senior Brandon Tate, who was the Class C tournament MVP, also returns and is one of the area’s top defenders. The team will rely heavily on the senior class while looking for younger players to step into bigger roles such as sophomore point guard Dwight Allen Jr. and freshman guard Terrance Mullins. This year, Palisade Prep aims to repeat as league champs. The team moves up in class from C to B and will look to compete right away with our experience and depth.”
Coach: Jason Kuhlmann (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 11-8
Playoffs: Lost in first round of sectionals to North Salem.
Key returners: Aaron Thomas, Sr., G; Mike Ligouri, Sr., G; Mergim Demaku, Sr., F; Dan Huggard, Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Mark Miller, Sr., F; Isaiah Able, Sr., F.
Coach speak: “This year’s team is a very hard working and intense group. We are quick and we will attempt to use our defense to create offense. We are without one of our key players, Ryan Christian, who was injured during the football season. In his place we will look to new players to take up the slack. If we can learn quickly we will have a very competitive year.”
Coach: Chris Welsh (3rd season)
Last season’s record: 8-11
Playoffs: Lost to Dobbs Ferry in first round
Key returners: James Leyden (6-2), Sr., F; Patrick Bathon (5-9), Sr., G; Tim Tribble (6-2), Sr., F; James Finnegan (6-0), Sr., G; Austin Tomasetti (5-6), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Chris Maloney (6-2), Jr., G; Austin Greto (6-1), Sr., F; Drew Marino (6-6), So., F; Patrick McPhee (5-11), So., G; Bryan Wolf (6-0), Jr., G; Matt Gill (6-4), Jr., F; Adam Becer (5-11), So., G.
Coach speak: “An entirely different team from last year’s. Leyden is the lone returning starter but will miss time because of an injury during football. An unselfish group which will depend on our size to defend as a team. A successful season depends on our commitment to sharing the basketball and defending on a consistent basis.”
PUTNAM VALLEY TIGERS
Coach: Mike McDonnell (1st season; coached five seasons at Sacred Heart)
Last season’s record: 18-3
Playoffs: Lost in semifinals to eventual champ Lourdes
Key returners: Zach Coleman (6-2), Sr., G; Jelani Bell-Isaac (6-4), Sr., C; Zack Nolan (6-1), Jr., G; Ryan Basso (5-11), Jr., G; Dan Munson (6-2), Sr., F; James Fitzgerald (6-0), Jr., F; Kevin Fitzsimmons (5-10), Jr., G; John Meagle (6-3), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Elviz Belen (5-10), Jr., G; James Dean Dilessio (5-11), Jr., G; Ryan Finn (6-2), Sr., F; Brian Gleason (5-11), Jr., G; Justin Kroll (5-10), Sr., G; Tyler Kroll (5-10), Sr., G; Joe Spinola (6-2), So., F.
Coach speak: “Our 2013-14 season prospects are very promising. The team returns four starters from last year’s team, which reached the County Center, advancing to the final four before being knocked out by Our Lady of Lourdes. This year’s league is significantly more competitive with Putnam Valley as the only B school in a league of A and AA schools. This year’s league includes perennial power Peekskill as well as local rivals Yorktown, Panas and Lakeland. Also, the non-league schedule is quite strong with games versus Suffern, Woodlands, Lourdes, Somers; the Brewster tournament; and Sacred Heart or Hackley. The goal of the team is to compete for a league title and make a strong challenge for a Class B sectional championship.”
RYE NECK PANTHERS
Coach: Shawn Lincoln (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 11-8
Playoffs: Lost in first round at Woodlands
Key returners: Matt Franks (6’5”), Sr., F; Chris Pennell (5’11”), Sr., G; Ryan Aquino (6-3), Sr., G; Chris Cascione (6-1), Sr., G; Angelo Spedafino (6-1), Sr., G/F; Matt Garcia (6-4), Sr., F; Jakob Calvini (6-1), Sr., F; Michael Bianco (6-3), Sr., F; Jake Sevean (5-10), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Sal Valencia (5-8), Jr., G; Jack Webber (5-11), Jr., G/F; Lukas Corona (5-11), So., F; Dan Villegas (5-11), So., G/F.
Coach speak: “Rye Neck returns nine players, including four starters from last season’s squad. The top four scorers return from last year, including all-conference selection Matt Franks and all-league selections Chris Pennell and Ryan Aquino. Last season the team earned a share of the league title for the first time since 1994. Franks lead the team in scoring (16 PPG) and rebounds (9 RPG), and is 166 points away from 1,000. Chris Pennell lead the team in assists (3.8 APG), and Ryan Aquino sank 37 3-pointers.”
Coach: John DiBetta (1st season)
Last season’s record: 12-7
Playoffs: Lost in first round
Key returners: Mark Kinnally (6-5), Sr., F; Chris Strnad (6-1), Sr., G; Ezekiel Demasio (6-4), Jr., F; Tyler Wills (5-7), Jr., PG; Thomas Zimmermann (5-7), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Mike DeSantis (6-4), Jr., F; Bryce Wills (5-9), 8th, G; George Kennedy (5-11), Jr., G.
Coach speak: “The Vikings will return three starters from last season, but will have to make up for the loss of an all-state player in Terrance Tribble. Seniors Mark Kinnally and Chris Strnad are expected to bring leadership and a work ethic to a team that will strive to be one of the hardest working teams in the area. The team should rely on its team defense, unselfishness, and work ethic in order to be successful.”
Coach: Steve Gage (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 4-14
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Key returners: Conor Glendon (6-2), Sr., F; Aidan Frawley (6-1), Sr., F; Jake Schwartz (6-0), Sr., G; Dan Grieco (6-1), Jr., F; Harrison Adams (6-4), Jr., F; Jesse Boyce (6-1), So., G.
Key newcomers: John Michael Picciano (6-0), Jr., G; Louis Marinelli (6-5), Jr., F; Will Snyder (6-0), So., G.
Coach speak: “We are really excited this year. After taking over the program a few weeks before the season started last year, I realized the entire program needed a new energy. We fought hard but ended up 4-14 and missed the playoffs. In addition, we lost five seniors, including 6-6 Tommy Hopkins and program leader Richie Maio. When the offseason started, kids began to work. Led by seniors Glendon, Frawley and Schwartz, the kids not only worked on their skills but their understanding of the game. Grieco and Adams are committed to establishing themselves as integral parts of the program. The most improvement has come from Boyce. He has committed himself to being the best basketball player he can be.”
Coach: Bob Murphy (6th season)
Last season’s record: 11-8
Playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals to Dobbs Ferry
Key returners: Brandon Johnson (5-5), Jr., G; Jamil Gambari (6-2), Jr., F; Najee Khan (5-7), Sr., G; Ross Joseph (6-1), Jr., G/F; Abdoulaye Sow (5-11), Sr., G; Emari Williams (5-8), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Pierre Lys (5-7), Sr., G; Matt Buckland (6-0), Jr., F; Denzel Bennett (6-1), Jr., F; Myles Thigpen (6-0), Jr., F.
Coach speak: “Khan is a third-year varsity player. Johnson and Gambari led the team in scoring the last few games of last season. The Falcons are small in stature and will depend on speed and pressure defense to compete against most opponents.”
YONKERS MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Coach: Tony Negrin (1st season)
Last season’s record: 1-17
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Key returners: Joshua Patton (5-10), Sr., F; Brandon Morgan (5-5), Jr., G; Javone Cromwell (5-10), Sr., F; George Figueroa (5-8), Jr., G; Daoud Marji (6-0), Sr., C; Gabrial Ramos (5-8), Jr., F; Spencer O’Donnell (5-9), So., G.
Key newcomers: Philip Ladson (6-0), Fr., G; Phillip DaSilva (5-11), Fr., F; Terrell Jenkins (6-1), Fr., C; Ralph Sanchex (5-8), So., G; Shane Hennessy (5-9), Fr., G; Kenny Chavez (5-6), Fr., G.
Coach speak: “This is the second year as a varsity program, thus the team has very little experience. We will rely on returning players to lead on and off the court. We expect big contributions from our newcomers as they are the key to developing an experienced, winning culture here at YMA. Hard-nosed defense and rebounding will be key to having a winning season. Our goal is to continue to improve with each game as the season progresses. The team is looking to make great strides this year and qualify to play in the Section 1 playoffs.”
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