December 7, 2012

Boys' basketball preview

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Labson Abwoch, a 6-foot-6 senior, should help make Deering a threat to win a second consecutive Class A state championship.

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Dustin Cole led the SMAA in 3-point shooting and assists as a sophomore and is back for his third season as Bonny Eagle’s point guard.

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Coach: Bob Davies, 10th year

Last year: 13-6, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Jeff Gelinas, sr., F; Quinn Richardson-Newton, sr., G-F; Adam Ek, sr., G; Ruben Moses, jr., G; Evan Wright, jr., G

Outlook: The Golden Trojans have been regular tournament qualifiers under Coach Davies, winning the state title in 2009. The team is led by Gelinas, Richardson-Newton and Ek. Newton is a strong defensive player who often guards the other team's top offensive guard or forward. He was named to the league's all-rookie team. Ek is a strong shooter. Gelinas has a solid all-around game.


Coach: Mark Karter, 21st year

Last year: 8-11, lost in Western Maine prelim

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Keenan Lowe, sr., F; DJ Breunig, sr., C; Zack Bean, sr., G; Aaron Duncanson, sr., G; Keigan Sears, fr., F; Sean Jany, so., F; Blake Fillmore, so., G; Noah Collins, jr., F; Alex Hazlewood, sr., C

Outlook: The Blue Blazes have good height and hopefully a more balanced offense than past teams. Lowe and the 6-5 Breunig are returning starters. Those two and point guard Bean are being counted on to provide senior leadership. Duncanson, Bean and Lowe can shoot the 3. "We're not going to have to depend on one or two players for points," said Karter. "The scoring will be more spread out." The Blazes have some talented underclassmen they're looking to develop. The team will look to run.


Coach: Kevin Millington, 16th year

Last year: 4-14

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Tom McGowan, sr., G; Connor Flynn, sr., F; Dylan Weisser, sr., C; Joe Francoeur, sr., F; Shawn Francoeur, sr., F; Kevin Weisser, so., G; Spencer Hodge, jr., G; Tucker Olsen, sr., F; Jacopo Secchi, sr., F; Brad Charpentier, sr., F

Outlook: The Eagles have all five starters back. That experience, plus the confidence gained from strong play during the summer league, should help the team turn things around and vie for a tournament spot. The 6-5 Weisser averaged 8.2 points, and his younger brother made the all-rookie team. McGowan and the Francoeur twins are three-year starters. The Eagles have good height and some wide bodies to help inside.




Coach: Jeff Hart, 31st year

Last year: 12-8, lost in Eastern Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Colin Morse, jr., F; Connor Hart, sr., G; Chandler Crans, jr., G-F; Jayson Kuhn, jr., G; Kyle Olehnik, sr., G-F; Andrew Flanagan, sr., G; Alex Crans, sr.; John Hall, jr., C; Connor Graffam, jr., F; Terron Bailey, jr., F; Joe Chamberlain, jr., G; Weston Bryant, sr., G

Outlook: The Windjammers should be improved in a very competitive KVAC Class B. Morse will be a go-to player on offense, as he hopefully will get a full season to show his talents. He missed most of last season because of a broken foot. Chandler Crans and Kuhn are good shooters. The Windjammers should improve as the season progresses and be ready for the tournament.


Coach: Jim Ray, 19th year

Last year: 7-12, lost in Western Maine prelim

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Henry Babcock, sr., G-F; Chris Robicheaw, sr., F; Harrison Clarke, sr., C; Chad Peterson, sr., F; Daniel Epstein, sr., G-F; Peter Pfister, sr., G; Xander Schonewolf, sr., G

Outlook: The Capers should be much improved with strong senior leadership. The team has good height with Babcock, Robicheaw, Clarke and Peterson, who are all in the 6-3 to 6-5 range. Babcock started in the state championship game as a sophomore. He was a second-team all-WMC pick. He and Robicheaw both averaged in double figures. Cape should be improved in a competitive league.

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Aaron Todd, a 6-foot-7 center, is one of the primary reasons York is regarded as a favorite in Western Class B.

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