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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Returning honorees: Roberto Speing, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: JV coach Raymond Nunez, the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney MVP at Central Catholic in 2000, took over for Paul Neal, who had to step aside due to his new principal’s job at the school. Neal posted a 181-101 record in 13 years as head coach. ... The Lancers are waiting hopefully on a fifth-year waiver for forward Tre’von Farley, an all-leaguer last year. ... You have to credit forward Denny Gonzalez, who tried football for the first time since freshman year, suffered a foot injury earlier, then stuck out the whole season despite being going basically un-used by the Lancers at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. He could be an automatic double-double this winter.

Assistant coaches: Stevie Martinez, assistant; Samuel Hunter, JV; Frank Torres, Freshmen

Coach Raymond Nunez (1st year): “Right now, we’re inexperienced. These kids have something to prove. It will happen when we become workers in practice every day. Esmelin, I’m looking for him to pick it up. We’ve been working hard with Luis Torres, trying to keep him healthy. Julius Martinez can play and watch out for Dantae Neal. He’s an athlete.”

Methuen

2011-12 season: 11-9, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (1): Nathan Bueno, 5-10, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Tim Galloway-Burke, 6-5, Soph., forward; Cooper Hammel, 6-3, Soph., guard/forward; Mark Sicard, 5-11, Soph., guard; Jamal Rene, 5-10, Soph., guard; Corey Bell, 6-3, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Chris Leblanc, 6-2, Sr., forward; London Torres, 5-8, Sr., guard; Jon Pierce, 5-10, Jr., guard; Rami Majed, 6-1, Jr., forward; Jimmy Njoroge, 6-1, Soph., forward; Freddy Santiago, 6-1, Soph., guard

Captains: Nathan Bueno

Candidates: 150

Returning leaders: Nathan Bueno 8.2 ppg

Returning honorees: Nathan Bueno, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Last year’s club earned the Rangers’ first state tourney win since 2000. … Mark Sicard and Corey Bell are cousins. … Jon Pierce is a standout golfer. Cooper Hammel is the younger brother of Central point guard Lucas Hammel. Both are sons of Merrimack coach Bert Hammel.

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