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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Promising newcomers: John Mastascuca, 6-4, Sr., forward; Scott McDonough, 6-0, Jr., guard; Colby Maiola, 6-2, Jr., forward; Will Mitchell, 6-2, Jr., forward; Scott Allan, 6-1, Jr., forward; Chas Hill, 5-10, Jr., guard; John Fitzgerald, 6-3, Jr., forward

Captains: Tom Hogan, Dan Fitzgerald

Candidates: 60

Returning leaders: Tommy Hogan 11.1 ppg, Mike O’Brien 10.4 ppg, Chris Capozzoli 10.1 ppg; Evan Wade 24 3’s

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Last year could have been a big year but when 6-4 star Kyle Lentini transferred to Pingree, the Hornets were left in a rebuilding stage. … Dan Fitzgerald missed 17 games with a back fracture. … Senior John Mastascuca transfers in after being named a Catholic Conference All-Star at Malden Catholic last winter. … Colby Maiola was dynamite in center for the state champion Hornet baseball team last spring.

Assistant coaches: Mark Bisognano, JV; Chris Sullivan, freshmen

Coach Joe Casey (12th year, 127-104): “Mastascuca helps out immensely. We have the ability to score. To beat people, we have to defend. We have everybody back. If that’s a good thing, we will see. We took our lumps last year, experience wise and injury wise. We’re hoping to put it all together this year.”

Pentucket

2011-12 season: 14-8, lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals

Returning starters (None)

Returning lettermen: Calvin Wiles, 6-0, Sr., guard; Jake Chory, 5-11, Sr., guard; Josh Creamer, 5-7, Sr., guard; Ryan Kuchar, 5-11, Jr., guard; Mike Aiduk, 6-0, Jr., guard; Jake Bordeianu, 6-4, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Nathan Boone, 6-0, Sr., forward; Adam Chory, 6-0, Jr., forward; Jeff Porter, 5-9, Jr., guard; Connor Beaton, 5-9, Soph., guard; Ryan Beaton, 5-9, Soph., guard; Pat Beaton, 5-9, Soph., guard; Will Sullivan, 6-2, Soph., forward

Captains: Calvin Wiles, Jake Chory

Candidates: 48

Returning leaders: Calvin Wiles 3.0 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Leo Parent stepped down after posting a 154-198 record in 17 years as head coach. New coach Ed Hickey, the chairman of the math department at Pentucket, went 86-94 in eight years at Dedham. He was a former student manager at Ohio State and last year was an assistant at Phillips Exeter. ... Last year’s team won one tourney game and the previous year’s club won two. In 23 years before that, the Sachems only had one tourney victory. … Tim Freiermuth would have been the top returning scorer at 4.1 points a game. Instead, he chose track and field. … Pat Beaton opens the year on the injured list with a broken arm. He is a cousin to twin brothers Connor and Ryan Beaton.

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