By Patrick Newell
Sun Sports Editor
CHENANGO COUNTY – Some area clubs have already played their season-opening games, while most of area’s hoops clubs will open their seasons in the next few days. Below are brief summaries of clubs covered in The Evening Sun coverage area. Friday, we take a look at the boys’ basketball teams:
Head coach: Bob Conway
2010 season: The Bobcats were tied for the area’s best record last year (17-4) winning a MAC division title, but lost in the league championship game to Harpursville. Shania Vandermark, Randi Conway, Corrine Riegel, and Chelsi Rosa led the Bobcats in scoring.
2011 season: Vandermark and Conway are back for their senior seasons and fourth together on varsity. The forward-guard duo may be the most potent one-two scoring punch in the Midstate Athletic Conference averaging a combined 27 points per game just one season ago. However, five of Coach Conway’s top seven players from last year graduated. Freshmen Morgan Bullis and Alissa Rivera will start at the forward spots, and sophomore guard Abbey Smith will play in the backcourt with Conway. The Bobcats tackle a rigorous schedule in the opening month of season, and could be fighting an uphill battle to make the postseason.
Head coach: Jim Johnson
2010 season: The Raiders finished 17-4 winning the Tri-Valley League championship game and picking up two sectional playoff wins in advancing to the semifinals. The team was led by seniors Brianne Lambert and Tanya Barnes.
2011 season: Senior Miranda Hill did much of the ballhandling last year, and added several double figures scoring games. Sabrina Brooks and Blake Stensland added sparks of offense off the bench. Kristen Barnes started last year at forward, and is a capable rebounder. Lauren Hill, Whitney Gilbert, Jenn Mason, Nikki Savarese, and Tori Hutzley add depth off the bench.
Head coach: Dave Gorton
2010 season: The Trojans won four games in a row in two separate instances last year, but closed with back-to-back losses to finish 10-9 on the season. Junior Kaitlin Gorton had a strong second half of last season, and led the team in scoring at just under 10 points per game.
2011: Coach Gorton returns three of last year’s top four scorers – Gorton, Rebecca Smith, and Jessica Brooks. He also has newcomers Sierra Stoppkotte and Paige Castle up from JV who should contribute, and athletic senior, Rebecca Hanrahan, is new to the basketball program. Coach Gorton said the league is as balanced as it has been in years, and his team should be competitive with everyone.