Pictured: Tuckahoe senior Maurice Hollis
The new basketball season is here. The Journal News and lohud.com 2013-14 preview will drop on Saturday (not Friday, as I originally said), 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 C and D. 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:
HALDANE BLUE DEVILS
Coach: Joe Virgadamo (8th season)
Last season’s record: 7-13
Playoffs: Lost in semifinals to Palisades Prep
Key returners: Peter Hoffmann (6-4), Jr., G; Garret Quigley (6-4), Jr., F; Mike Haplin (6-2), Sr., G; Johny Rotando (5-9), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Edmund Fitzgerald (6-4), Jr., G; Will Zuvic (6-4), So., F; Ryan McCollum (5-11), Jr., G.
Coach’s speak: “We are looking to have a well-balanced offense using our quickness, size and athleticism. This is the first time in a while we have multiple shooters and offensive threats which should help us come sectional time. We are coming off a very strong offseason and hope that will help us come out on top in close games early on.”
HAWTHORNE CEDAR-KNOLLS HORNETS
Coach: Stephen Gruber (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 2-16
Playoffs: Lost in first round to Children’s Village
Key returners: Lateek Griffin (6-3), Sr., F; Bokeem Jones (6-1), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Dijon Smith (5-8), Sr., G; Michael Apijune (5-6), Sr., G; Brandon Reid (6-0), Jr., F; Kenneth Kelly (5-6), So., G; Kenyon George (6-1), Fr., G; Jaquan Robinson (6-2), Jr. F.
Coach’s speak: “The Hornets only have two returners coming back from last year. The team looks for the returners as well as the younger players to step up and contribute in a big way this year.”
Coach: Stan Hamlet (4th season)
Last season’s record: 7-12
Playoffs: Lost in first round to Tuckahoe
Key returners: Haruyoshi Karube (5-7), Sr., G; Shisei Suzuki (5-7), Sr., G; Takenari Kaneoka (6-3), Sr., F; Ryoei Nagai (6-1), Sr., F.
Key newcomers: Kento Fujita (5-7), Jr., G; Hugh Millar (5-8), Jr., G; Masatoshi Katsuda (5-10), Jr., F.
Coach’s speak: “Four returning starters should bring stability and consistency, however, as always, Keio lacks the height and size of all its opponents.To offset this deficiency,the team will play an extremely disciplined offense along with a rugged pressing defense. Adding new league member Port Chester and crossover Croton-Harmon to its schedule adds challenges, however, speed and unselfishness will keep Keio in most games and probably surprise some stronger teams.The goal, as usual, is to get to the playoffs, which they have done for the past three seasons.”
SOLOMON SCHECHTER LIONS
Coach: Chris Delamonico (3rd season)
Last season’s record: 10-9
Playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals to Haldane
Key returners: Jake Diamond, Sr., G/F; Noah Goldberg, Jr., G; Aaron Miller, Sr., F; Justin Sofer, Jr., G; Jonah Spitz, Jr. G/F; Alex Rosen, Jr., F; Ben Walker, So., G/F.
Key newcomers: Jason Scheff, Fr., G; Ben Goldberg, Fr. G; Noah Dunn, Fr. G/F; Jason Kapelus, So., F/C; Yuval Hidari, Jr. G/F; Scott Graff, Sr. F/C.
Coach’s speak: “Two-time all-league guard Jake Diamond returns along with backcourt-mate Noah Goldberg and forward Aaron Miller to offer experience to a deep but young team. We’re undersized as usual, but we’ll play hard and we’ll be a lot of fun to watch. We’re looking to build on last year’s success.”
Coach: Al Visconti (9th season)
Last season’s record: 5-15
Playoffs: Lost in semifinal to Children’s Village
Key returners: Mo Hollis (5-11), Sr., G; Joey Liebowitz (6-0), Sr., G; Rob Kiernan (6-1), So., F; James Oliverio (6-2), Sr., F; Mike Castracocco (5-11), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Max pearce (6-0), Sr., G/F; Jordan Thomas (6-0), Sr., F; Frank Tuoson (5-11), So., G; Dishon Wise (5-11), So., G; Mike Lescio (5-11), Jr., G; Jamon Murray (5-11), F., G/F.
Coach’s speak: “Max Pearce is a very talented transfer from Iona Prep. We have an interesting mix of vets and young players. Lack post up game. We have good team speed and will look to play fast. We have alot of interchangeable parts. We will try and defend all over the floor. The schedule is unforgiving. We play in sleepy hollow tournament and Jefferson Classic at White Plains. Our league is all Class B schools.”
Missing: Hamilton, Children’s Village, Martin Luther King
CLARK ACADEMY KNIGHTS
Coach: Anthony Gaines (8th season)
Last season’s record: 2-17
Playoffs: Lost in the semifinals to Martin Luther King.
Key returners: Shane McCalla, So.; Eric Monroe-Allen, So.; Shaquell Davis, So.; Calvin Walters, Sr.
Key newcomers: Andre Carthorn, So.; Joshua Lewter, So.; Rahmel Lowden, So.; Luis Castorie, So.; Antonio Lowden, Fr.; Tyreke Singleton, Fr.; Jonathan Edourd, Fr.; Clayvon Buckner, Sr.; Nicholas Hilliard, Sr.
Coach’s speak: “The 2013-2014 season has begun without a lot of expectations for this group. Gone from last year is team leader Taiquam Johnson, who lead the team in all categories last year. However, we have a lot of youth returning from last year’s roster. We are still young, but gained a lot of experience from playing in several leagues this summer and fall. Returning are sophomores Eric Monroe-Allen (3 ppg), Shaquell Davis and Shane McCalla (5.1 ppg). Newcomers Andre Carthorn, Joshua Lewter, Luis Castorie, Antonio and Rahmel Lowden will provide some much needed depth in multiple positions this year. I unexpectedly had the return of Calvin Walters (10 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 spg) and Nicholas Hilliard, both seniors who will hopefully add some maturity to a young group of men. Also senior Clayvon Buckner provides not only a physical presence, but also a voice in the locker room. Other reserves, two ninth graders Jonathan Edourd and Tyreke Singleton will provide help as well. The roster rounds out with Guillermo Smith and Stanley Gonzalez. Our goal for this year is to develop into a cohesive and up-tempo team. Defense is always going to be focal point of our style of play, but having some depth will allow us to do more things at both ends of the floor. The objective is to mature each game so we can once again prepare for a run at the Class-D championship. Clark has been in a seven-year drought and hopefully this will be the year that we can finally reach the championship podium.”
GREENBURGH ACADEMY CRUSADERS
Coach: Jean Marcellus (7th season)
Last season’s record: 7-16
Sectionals: Lost in first round last year
Key returners: Donovan Graham (5-11), Jr., F; Raheem Fullmore (5-10), Jr., G; Shamale Lawson (6-1), Sr. F.
Key newcomers: Rason Jones (6-0), Sr., F; Raymond Velez (6-3), Jr., F; Lewis Santiago (5-7), So., G; Justin Martinez (6-3), Sr., F; Angel Portlette (5-5), So., G; Earl Halloway (5-8), Fr., G.
Coach’s speak: “This year’s team will be fairly young and inexperienced, however due to the talent level, expectations are still high. We lost our leading scorer from last year and will have to see who steps up and fills his shoes from a production standpoint and leadership standpoint. We are going to rely on our team speed and defense to win games early on.”
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