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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Assistant coaches: Jeremy Howell; Jay Long; Glen Neagle; Rich Parent, JV; Todd Royce, JV assistant; Carl McAllister, JV assistant; Mark Cahill, freshmen; Matt Lefrancois, freshmen assistant

Coach Peter Rosinski (11th year, 115-109): “We’re young, but it’s like a mystery. The freshman is still growing, so we’ll see. We’re young with a lot of potential. How quickly do we come together. Guys have to prove themselves. We have a lot to learn. We have great depth. We’re athletic. Scott Bradley and Cam Welch have the most experience. So they will have to lead us.”

Salem

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

Returning starters (2): Jack Hartman, 6-2, Sr., guard/forward; Steven Nugent, 6-0, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Andrew Ruffen, 6-2, Sr., guard; Michael Felix, 5-11, Jr., guard; Jeffrey LaRosa, 6-2, Jr., forward; Trevor Couture, 5-8, Jr., guard

Promising newcomers: Chris Caraballo, 6-1, Sr., forward; Jeff Frias, 5-11, Jr., guard; Brent Barrett, 6-3, Jr., forward; Miguel Pimentel, 6-0, Jr., guard/forward; Jacob Slepian, 5-10, Jr., guard; Anthony Lopez, 6-2, Soph., guard/forward; Nicholas Shumski, 5-7, Frosh., guard

Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 60

Returning leaders: Michael Felix 6.3 ppg, Jack Hartman 4.0

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Last winter Rob McLaughlin was named Division 1 Coach of the Year for the second straight year. ... The No. 2 Blue Devils may have been the surprise team in Division 1 but the season ended on a down note when No. 15 Dover KO’d them in the first round. ... Andrew Ruffen (cracked knee cap) missed all but a couple late season games last winter. … Jack Hartman played a strong football season, his first ever, at receiver.

Assistant coaches: Nate Stanton (varsity assistant), Mike LaRosa (JV), Brian Stanton (freshmen)

Coach Rob McLaughlin (3rd year, 30-15): “We graduated a lot of guys again last year, but our returners saw significant playing time on a team that went 14-4. Outside of staying healthy, the key to our success will be how the newer players step up and respond to the Varsity level, which should enhance our chemistry as the year goes on.”

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