EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title


Captains: Jake Vaiknoras, Alex Newton, Kevin Cheam

Candidates: 34

Returning leaders: Jake Vaiknoras 10.3 ppg (35 3’s)

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Jake Vaiknoras is the third brother to play at Pelham. He, Alex Newton, Brad Pomerleau and Ryan Frank all played on the Python golf team that enjoyed an unbeaten regular season. ... Kevin Cheam is a state champion hurdler. ... The Pythons welcome as an assistant, one of, if not the all-time great in Pelham High history, James Roman, who recently graduated from SNHU.

Assistant coaches: Mike Larson, JV; James Roman, varsity assistant

Matt Regan (3rd year, 30-15): “It’s probably been the best practices since I took over, the effort, energy, willingness to learn. I think we’ll be pretty good. Where we had a good defensive team last year, we didn’t turn it over. This team is relentless, end to end, kind of like we used to play. The freshman (Keith Brown) will be our sixth man, with scoring off the bench. Ryan Frank’s been a huge surprise. He’ll start for us. By far, he’s our best defender. I know the schedule isn’t conducive to a young team, but we’ll see where we are at. And I know we’re going to get better.”


2011-12 season: 2-18, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (4): Jordon Johnson, 6-0, Sr., forward; Kyle Seale, 6-1, Sr., forward; Ken Jenkins, 6-2, Sr., forward; Jackson Morton, 6-0, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Jake Mann, 5-10, Sr., forward

Promising newcomers: Ben Hayes, 5-9, Sr., guard; Louis Davis, 6-1, Sr., forward; Gandhi Morrisseau, 5-9, Sr., guard; Joe Bemnan, 5-10, Sr., guard; Tyler Sherry, 5-9, Soph., guard; Tyler Austin, 6-3, Soph., forward; Logan Kalinowski, 6-4, Frosh., forward

Captains: To be named

Candidates: 53

Returning leaders: Jackson Morton 11.9 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Jackson Morton was a captain as a sophomore. ... Gandhi Morriseau’s family moved into town, just in time for his senior season. ... Jordon Johnson enjoyed an outstanding football season in the fall.

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