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December 15, 2013

CAC Boys Basketball: PMA fielding a varsity team


The Eagle-Tribune

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Fellowship Christian

2012-13 season: 0-18

Returning starters (3): Tim Anderson, 5-10, Sr., forward; Blain Ouellette, 5-11, Sr., forward; Johnny Morimizu, 5-9, Jr., guard

Returning lettermen: Dave Ertsos, 5-8, Jr., guard

Promising newcomers: Tim Spain, 5-8, Sr., guard; Stephen Rumpf, 6-0, Sr., forward; John Lapa, 5-8, Frosh., guard; Christian Lassor, 5-10, Frosh., forward; Colby Lassor, 5-4, 8th grade, guard; Danny Mills, 5-4, 8th grade, guard; Jeremy Farris, 5-8, 8th grade, forward

Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 12

Returning leaders: None

Returning honorees: None

Fast fact: Fellowship’s last win came on Feb. 29, 2010 against Notre Dame of Lawrence. ... The Rams lost their opener this week to first-year varsity PMA. ... Arkansas native Josh Wilson takes over for Russ Glines, who spent 32 seasons on the FCA bench.

Assistants: Noah Phillips

Coach Joshua Wilson (first year): “We have good kids, who like the game and we are looking to improve.”

Greater Lawrence

2012-13 season: 11-12, lost in Division 3 North first round

Returning starters (2): Frankely Estrella, 6-1, Sr., forward; Oscar Reynoso, 6-1, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Alexis Estrella, 5-8, Jr., guard; Anthony Fabian, 5-8, Jr., guard; Luis Gonzalez, 5-9, Sr., forward; Maikel Guerrero, 6-0, Jr., forward; Marcos Maldonado, 5-7, Sr., guard; Stanley Martinez, 5-9, Sr., guard; Ellicen Pena, 6-0, Sr., forward

Promising newcomers: Saul Ortega, 5-7, Sr., guard; Erick Reyes, 5-8, Jr., guard; Isiah Roman, 5-6, Jr., guard; Joshua Suarez, 6-2, Jr., forward

Captains: Oscar Reynoso, Frankely Estrella

Candidates: 98

Returning leaders: Oscar Reynoso, 15.9 ppg.; Frankely Estrella, 9.5 ppg.

Returning honorees: Oscar Reynoso, All-CAC

Fast facts: Former Timberlane Regional head coach Paul Cardone joins the Reggies’ staff. ... Talented big man Javier Franjul (10.8 ppg. last year) has decided not to play in this his senior year after playing the past two seasons on varsity. ... Coach Dan Habib has to be hoping football QB Ellicen Pena has a breakout season on the hardwood similar to what he had on the gridiron this fall. ... Greater Lawrence Tech will not compete in the Greater Lawrence Christmas tourney this year for the first time in decades.

Assistants: Paul Cardone, varsity assistant; Jamie Qualter, Kevin Maloney, JV; Jamie Qualter, freshmen

Coach Dan Habib (7th year, 64-63: “The players have worked hard in the offseason to get stronger and in better condition. Hopefully, they will see some results from their commitment as the season progresses.”

Presentation of Mary Academy

2012-13 Season: Competed on a JV schedule

2013 Roster: Du Charting, 5-9, Sr., guard; Patrick Gallagher, 5-11, Sr., forward; Kevin Maldonado, 5-10, Sr., guard; Chris Suriel, 5-11, Jr., forward; Nathan Glass, 5-10, Jr., guard; Sebastian Lopez, 5-6, Jr., guard; Mike Gendron, 6-1, Jr., forward; Gabriel Akers, 6-0, Jr., forward; John Muldoon, 6-1, Soph., forward; Edwin Robles, 5-7, Soph., guard; Chan Yang, 5-10, Soph., guard; Josh Hunter, 5-8, Soph., guard; Vincent Zheng, 5-10, Soph., guard; John Palermo, 6-0, Soph., forward; Mike Walsh, 5-5, Soph., guard; Andy Chi, 6-1, Frosh., forward

Captains: Du Charting, Kevin Maldonado

Candidates: 30

Fast Facts: Four Panthers are boarding students from China — Andy Chi, Vincent Zheng, Chan Yang and Du Charting. ... PMA already won its opening game, 67-26, over Fellowship Christian Academy.

Assistants: Chad Pfeil, JV

Coach Blaine Gann (first year varsity program): “I think playing on the lower level of the Commonwealth Conference we are going to be OK. I’ve seen a lot of the teams, and we’re definitely going to be competitive. For a first-year varsity team, these kids play with a lot of confidence.”

Whittier

2012-13 season: 22-3, D3 North semis; State Vocational champs

Returning starters: None

Returning lettermen: Andres Hernandez, 6-1, Sr., guard; Mitch Rudis, 6-2, Sr., forward; Jake McCartney, 5-9, Sr., guard; Giomar Sanchez, 5-6, Sr., guard; Liam Burns, 5-7, Sr., guard

Promising newcomers: Luis Sosa, 5-10, Sr., guard; Jeremiah Downer, 6-2, Sr., forward; Connor Bradley, 5-11, Jr., forward; Sidney Taylor, 6-2, Jr., center; Rich Vazquez, 5-10, Jr., guard; Andrew August, 6-1, Jr., forward; Brandon Thibault, 5-6, jr., guard; Jonathan Ledee, 5-6, Jr., guard; Gilbert Polanco, 5-11, Soph., guard

Captains: Andres Hernandez, Mitch Rudis, Jake McCartney

Candidates: 90

Returning leaders: None

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: An incident after practice involving two players forced head coach Tom Sipsey to resign, a week-plus into the season. Joe Boland, the JV coach and varsity baseball coach, will take over the program now. ... Sipsey turned in a 67-23 mark in his four seasons at the Tech. ... Whittier lost a good one in a transfer to Haverhill by junior Gage Alicea, ... Boland coached nearly all the newcomers on the JVs last year. ... Connor Bradley is the starting QB in the fall and played a major role for the Wildcats’ sectional champion baseball team last spring.

Assistants: Jim Carlson, freshmen

Coach Joe Boland (First year): “We’re basically starting from scratch, and so much is unknown. As I basically told the kids, I don’t know if we win one game or twenty. It’s going to be hard. The league is so tough. We’re just going to to be positive. I know they will work hard at it.”