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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

Merrimack Valley Conference

Andover

2011-12 season: 12-10, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (2): Sam Dowden, 6-4, Sr., forward; Chris Dunn, 6-0, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Evan Singleton, 5-9, Sr., guard; Tyler Verrette, 6-0, Sr., forward; Max Silveira, 5-11, Sr., guard; Greg Dreyfus, 5-11, Sr., forward; David Giribaldi, 5-9, Soph., guard; Connor Merinder, 6-4, Soph., forward; Alex Brickman, 6-1, Soph., forward; Reid Bryant, 5-11, Soph., guard

Promising newcomers: Jack Konevich, 6-0, Sr., guard; Jack Pisacreta, 6-0, Jr., guard; Jeff Dreyfus, 6-1, Jr., forward; Kenny Doherty, 6-3, Jr., forward; Ben Brown, 6-1, Jr., forward; Jon Rodriguez, 6-2, Frosh., forward; Alex Marshall, 6-5, Frosh., center

Captains: Sam Dowden, Chris Dunn

Candidates: 75

Returning leaders: Sam Dowden 14.5 ppg, Chris Dunn 9.2 ppg (44 3’s)

Returning honorees: Sam Dowden, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Chris Dunn, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: The Golden Warriors are happy to put last year’s hazing scandal-marred campaign behind them. … David Giribaldi returns to action after a nasty hip injury cost him the football season. … Connor Merinder is a two-year starting goalie on the soccer team. … Sam Dowden is looking at some power Division 3 academic schools like NYU, Brandeis, WPI and the NESCACs.

Assistant coaches: Stephen Jette, Carol Martini; Alan Hibino, JV; Michael Votto, Freshmen

Coach David Fazio (24th year, 357-165): “I think we’re going to be pretty good once the pieces are together. Connor Merinder broke his wrist in soccer and is having surgery this week. He’s out 6-8 weeks at least. Reid Bryant is coming off surgery for a dislocated knee cap. And Sam (Dowden) is finally back 100 percent for an ankle sprain that’s been like Aaron Hernandez. If we get all pieces together, we’ll be OK. Hopefully, everyone can get healthy at the right time and we’ll be at our best. I like our senior leadership, and hopefully it gets us through.”

Central Catholic

2011-12 season: 22-2, lost in Division 1 North semifinals

Returning starters (4): Lucas Hammel, 6-2, Sr., guard; Doug Gemmell, 6-4, Sr., forward; Joel Berroa, 6-4, Sr., forward; Tyler Nelson, 6-2, Jr., guard

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