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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

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Londonderry

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

Returning starters (1): Drew Coveney, 6-0, Jr., guard

Returning lettermen: Rob Wilson, 6-6, Soph., Center; Chris Corey, 6-3, Sr., forward; Taylor Simpson, 5-10, Sr., guard; Cody Ball, 5-10, Soph., guard; Max Coleman, 6-0, Jr., guard; Brendan Enwright, 6-2, Jr., forward; Nicolas Stevens, 6-0, Jr., guard

Promising newcomers: Ben Parker, 5-8, Jr., guard; Alex Champa, 5-8, Jr., guard; Grant Peters, 6-2, Jr., forward; Mike Russell, 6-5, Jr., center; Joey Kwiatkowski, 6-0, Soph., guard

Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 50

Returning leaders: Drew Coveney 27 3’s

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Chris Corey is the son of assistant school superintendent and former Central Catholic standout, Andy Corey ... Taylor Simpson is an Eagle-Tribune Golf All-Star ... The Lancers open non-league play with host Lowell in the Greater Lowell Christmas tourney after the holiday.

Assistant coaches: Tim Finnegan (JV), Steve Campo (freshmen)

Coach Jeff Gustavson (4th year, 33-25): “We’re young, with potential to be pretty good. We should have some inside-outside balance. We only return one starter and 3-4 guys who played varsity minutes. We’re going to need guys to make that quick adjustment and help contribute early in the season. Drew Coveney, Cody Ball and Taylor Simpson have looked sharp in the backcourt, and we’re counting on Chris Corey up front.”

Pinkerton

2011-12 season: 15-7, lost in Division 1 first round

Returning starters (2): Scott Bradley, 6-5, Sr., center; Cam Welch, 6-3, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Mike Thomson, 6-1, Sr., forward; Justin Scott, 6-7, Sr., center; Andrew Lechner, 6-2, Jr., guard; Thomas Lennon, 5-10, Jr., guard; Luke Testa, 6-2, Soph., guard

Promising newcomers: Derick Coombs, 6-4, Jr., forward; Danny Courter, 6-2, Jr., forward; Jeremy Dietzel, 5-11, Jr., guard; Addison Wood, 6-3, Jr., guard; Ryan Burke, 6-4, Soph., forward; Eric Fyfe, 6-3, Soph., guard; Fred Payan, 6-2, Soph., forward; Luke Rosinski, 6-6, Frosh, forward

Captains: Scott Bradley, Mike Thomson, Luke Testa

Candidates: 100

Returning leaders: Cam Welch 6.3 ppg, Scott Bradley 3.8 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: After last season, Luke Testa was ranked the No. 7 freshman in New Hampshire by nhnotebook.com. ... Last year the Astros were upset in a No. 12 vs. No. 5 tourney matchup to Memorial 37-35. ... Promising freshman Luke Rosinski, who threw down some dunks in middle school games, is the son of the coach.

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