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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

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Haverhill

2011-12 season: 5-15, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (3): Anthony Dionne, 6-1, Jr., guard; Shain Roche, 5-10, Sr., guard; Matt Jameson, 5-10, Jr., guard

Returning lettermen: Nick Comei, 5-8, Sr., guard; Sean Wrenn, 6-5, Sr., forward; Tommy Morgan, 6-3, Sr., forward; Michael Attah, 6-0, Jr., forward; Matt Burns, 6-3, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Jordan Hunt, 5-7, Jr., guard; Stephane Bristol, 6-0, Jr., guard; Jordan Javier, 6-3, Soph., forward; Saul Phiri, 6-2, Frosh., guard

Captains: Anthony Dionne, Shain Roche

Candidates: 65

Returning leaders: Anthony Dionne 9.0 ppg, Matt Jameson 8.8 (35 3’s)

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: The Hillies are hoping to snap a seven-year streak of not making the state tourney. … The drop to the MVC Division 2 should help. … Tommy Morgan, Shain Roche, Jordan Javier and Stephane Bristol all come off a huge, 8-3 football season. … Bristol is the younger brother of former Hillie standout Javier Bristol. … Nick Comei is one of the top returning baseball players in the conference.

Assistant coaches: Mike Bierwirth, JV; Matt Witte, varsity assistant; Ray Gooding, varsity assistant; Bryan Lamontagne, freshmen

Coach Mike Trovato (6th year, 28-72): “Our depth has been excellent in the preseason, and our senior leadership phenomemal, with a couple guys who’ve been in the program 3-4 years. The freshman (Saul Phiri) is playing really well and could start for us. We’re excited about the new challenge.”

Lawrence

2011-12 season: 15-6, lost in Division 1 North quarterfinals

Returning starters (2): Denny Gonzalez, 6-2, Sr., forward; Roberto Speing, 6-2, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Esmelin Romero, 5-8, Sr., guard; Luis Torres, 5-9, Soph., guard; Kevin Fabian, 5-10, Jr., guard; Gregory Trinidad, 5-10, Soph., guard; Anderson Morales, 6-1, Jr., forward; Bryan Morales, 5-6, Jr., guard

Promising newcomers: Julius Martinez, 5-7, Jr., guard; Adrian Medina, 5-9, Jr., guard; Jonathan Paulino, 5-10, Jr., guard; Dantae Neal, 6-0, Soph., guard; Carlos Padilla, 5-9, Jr., guard; Jeovanny Santana, 6-1, Soph., forward; Andy Henriquez, 5-10, Soph., forward; Gabriel Cepeda, 5-9, Jr., guard; Chen Chen, 5-7, Soph., guard

Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 200

Returning leaders: Roberto Speing 6.5, Luis Torres 4.4

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