EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Timberlane

2011-12 season: 1-20

Returning starters (1): Erik Nelson, 5-10, Jr., guard

Returning lettermen: Mitch McDonald, 5-11, Sr., forward; Travis Dudal, 5-6, Sr., guard; Pat Mahoney, 5-10, Sr., guard; Lucas Manthorn, 6-1, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Shaun Berthel, 6-2, Sr., forward; Aaron Sickel, 5-10, Jr., forward; Jake Perkins, 5-11, Jr., forward; Tommy Johnston, 5-6, Soph., guard; Mike Murphy, 6-3, Soph., center; Cam Donnelly, 5-11, Soph., forward; Kyle Faucher, 6-0, Frosh., forward

Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 38

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Last year was a tumultuous one, to say the least. Three upperclassmen quit, one was thrown off the team, first-year coach Dave Kirsch was fired and his son, star freshman Max Kirsch (7.8 ppg), transferred to Phillips Exeter. ... Jeff Baumann is the Owls’ third head coach in the last three years. A math teacher at the school, is Timberlane’s girls soccer coach and is a veteran JV coach in boys basketball and baseball.

Assistant coaches: Nick Fiset, freshmen; Sean Hogan, JV

Coach Jeff Baumann (1st year): “It’s a group we’re trying to develop the right mentality in. They’re willing to work and be coachable. There’s no hiding the fact we’re trying to get better. They are willing to learn. They feel the pressure. They want to win. We’re focused on the small goals. Let everything fall where it may. We’re trying to focus on seeing progress. Erik Nelson certainly has athleticism and skill. He has to be able to score the basketball for us. Lucas Manthorn has been pretty good so far. He’s an undersized big, who’s accepted the challenge of battling on the boards.”

Pelham

2011-12 season: 12-9, lost in Division 2 first round

Returning starters (1): Jake Vaiknoras, 5-11, Jr., guard

Returning lettermen: Kevin Cheam, 6-0, Sr., forward; Alex Newton, 6-3, Sr., forward; Brad Pomerleau, 5-9, Sr., guard; Joe Slattery, 5-10, Jr., guard; Joe McArthur, 6-2, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Dan Spicer, 6-2, Jr., forward; James Lapolice, 6-1, Jr., forward Mike Pelletier, 5-10, Jr., guard; Ryan Frank, 5-11, Jr., guard; Ryan Cloutier, 6-4, Soph., forward; Nick Wolfrom, 6-3, Soph., forward; David Rogers, 6-0, Soph., guard; Keith Brown, 6-1, Frosh., guard

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss 105-year-old woman throws first pitch McIlroy wins British Open, Tiger finishes 69th Astros, Aiken fail to reach deal
Boston Sports
Shaughnessy: Dont count out the Sox just yet Blakely: Projecting the Celtics roster Daopolous: How will NFL cracking down on Defensive holding affect games? Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam Curran: Did the Patriots make a mistake by drafting Garoppolo? McAdam: Yankees pitching troubles bad news for Sox negotiations with Lester Curran: Will Pats struggle to find an identity on offense this season? Perry: Lester impressive again in Sox 6-0 win over the Royals