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December 17, 2013

Hornets rebuilding; Pentucket, Georgetown on tourney quest


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Georgetown

2012-13 season: 4-16

Returning starters (3): Pat Bjork, 6-5, Sr., F; Matt Gott, 6-2, Sr., forward; Ben Noelk, 6-2, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Ben Denoncour 6-2, Sr., guard; Ryan Slack, 5-11, Soph., guard

Promising newcomers: Nick Correnti, 6-4, Sr., forward; Tom Coye, 6-4, Sr., center; Kyle Drillis, 6-0, Jr., guard; Jonathan Maloberti, 6-1, Jr., forward; Bob Webster, 5-11, Jr., guard; Jordan Flynn, 6-3, Jr., forward; Ryan Sherman, 5-9, Soph., guard; Jim Sherman, 6-0, Fr., forward

Captains: Pat Bjork, Matt Gott, Ben Noelk

Candidates: 40

Returning leaders: Pat Bjork, 13.4 ppg.; Matt Gott, 11.6 ppg.

Returning honorees: Pat Bjork, All-CAL; Matt Gott, CAC All-Star

Fast facts: Coach Mike Rowinski (90-72 in eight years) has taken a leave of absence to deal with health issues. In the interim, veteran Barry Spears Sr. takes over. … Pat Bjork comes off a strong fall football season, in which he showed amazing versatility switching from tight end to QB. … The devastating ACL injury suffered by Colby Ingraham has a ripple effect here as he had planned a return to the hardwood.

Assistant coaches: Ted Schruender, JV; Bennett Pawlusiak, Frosh.

Coach Barry Spears (1st year): “I’m very happy with the maturation of our tri-captains and the leadership shown by out sophomore point guard Ryan Slack. Our goal is to be very competitive in the Cape Ann League (Small) and qualify for the State Tourney.”

North Reading

2012-13 season: 22-1, D3 North semis

Returning starters: None

Returning lettermen: Charles Hill, 5-11, Sr., guard; Colby Maiola, 6-3, Sr. forward; Will Mitchell, 6-3, Sr., forward; Scott McDonough, 5-11, Sr., guard; John Fitzgerald, 6-2, Sr., forward

Promising newcomers: Ryan Boucher, 6-2, Sr., forward; C.J. McCarthy, 5-10, Sr., guard; Derek Hogan, 5-11, Jr., guard; Peter Walsh, 5-9, Jr., guard; Shane Bartlett, 5-8, Jr., guard; Tom Lewis, 6-1, Jr., forward; Adam Goldstein, 6-1, Soph., forward; Nic O’Connell, 6-2, Soph., forward; Justin Dorosh, 6-0, Soph., guard

Captains: Colby Maiola, Will Mitchell

Candidates: 65

Fast facts: Former Eagle-Tribune Baseball All-Star Colby Maiola is the lone returner with real varsity hoop experience. The soccer standout is also a three-sport captain and has committed to play baseball at Assumption. … All-Scholastic footballer C.J. McCarthy should play a big part in the rotation. … Senior Ryan Boucher returns to the program and will be the sixth man.

Assistant coaches: Mark Bisognano, JV; Chris Sullivan, freshmen

Coach Joe Casey (13th year, 149-105): “We are starting from scratch. We lost nine seniors from our 20-0 team. Only two kids return with any significant game experience, Maiola and McDonough. The senior class has strong potential but is untested, and the sophomore class is very strong. This is very much a work in progress. We have potential to be a solid club after the New Year.”

pentucket

2012-13 season: 8-12

Returning starters (4): Adam Chory, 6-2, Sr., forward; Ryan Kuchar, 5-10, Sr., guard; Michael Aiduk, 6-1, Sr., forward; Jake Bordeianu, 6-3, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Jeff Porter, 5-10, Jr., guard; Ryan Beaton, 5-11, Jr., guard; Connor Beaton, 5-9, Jr., guard; Will Sullivan, 6-3, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Nick Zaia, 5-9, Sr., guard; Pat Beaton, 5-10, Jr., guard; Pat McDonough, 6-4, Jr., forward; Andrew Noyes, 5-11, Jr., forward; Sean Keegan, 5-10, Jr., guard; Pat Freiermuth, 6-1, Frosh., forward

Captains: Adam Chory, Ryan Kuchar, Michael Aiduk

Candidates: 45

Fast facts: Pentucket took its opener, 42-40, against Saugus. … Ryan Kuchar, the starting QB in the fall, could become a three-sport captain with baseball this spring. … Freshmen Pat Freirermuth is the next from an extremely athletic line.

Assistant coaches: Steve Hayden (JV); Dan Leary (freshmen)

Coach Ed Hickey (2nd year, 8-12): “We have aspirations of qualifying for the tournament. Each game will be a challenge. We have enough talent to be competitive in each game. We need to defend, rebound and take care of the basketball to have a chance.”