CHENANGO COUNTY – Some area basketball teams have already hit the hardwood floor for their opening games of the season, while the majority of the eight Chenango County clubs covered by The Evening Sun start their seasons this weekend. Below are brief capsules of each boys basketball team beginning with a wrapup of the 2010 season, and followed by a quick look at the 2011-2012 campaign. Teams are listed in alphabetical order:
Head coach: Greg Warren
2010 season: Bainbridge-Guilford flirted with its first .500-plus record in several years before losing its last three games to finish 7-11. Ryan Porter led B-G in scoring with Austin Bauerle a close second.
2011 season: Porter is back for his senior season, his fourth on the varsity, while Bauerle, too, returns under head coach Greg Warren. Warren coached high school basketball for 14 years in the Baltimore, Maryland area before returning to his alma mater. Brooks Harmon, a high-scoring guard, is also back for the Bobcats. Lucas Butcher, a sophomore guard, and junior forward Dalton Johnson were tabbed by Warren as varsity newcomers to watch.
Head coach: Bill Hartman
2010 season: The Raiders won 14 games (14-6 overall), were in the hunt for a Tri-Valley division title, and won their first sectional playoff game under Hartman before bowing to league rival Edmeston in the Class D quarterfinals.
2011 season: Two-fifths of last year’s starting lineup return, DeMario Reed, and Eddie Ray Cotton. Reed and Cotton were last year’s top two scorers as well, and must lead a thin varsity roster that has just seven players. Greg Delaney moves in as the starting point guard, while Galen Wind and Tim French round out the starting lineup. Hartman hopes his new players to varsity make a quick transition to the varsity level to complement the experience of Reed and Cotton.