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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

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Captains: Not named yet

Candidates: 85

Returning leaders: Papaciro Ortiz 9.1 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Last year’s club won its last three games including an upset of Methuen in the season finale to qualify for the state tourney. ... Javier Franjul, who came on during the baseball season, has returned to hoop program after taking last year off. He’ll be a huge addition.

Assistant coaches: Jamie Qualter, Kevin Maloney, JV; Sergio Rijo, freshmen

Coach Dan Habib (6th year, 53-51): “We have two returning starters. We expected eight back, and only had four. We’ll be very young, inexperience but athletic. I would hope we are better later. Two scrimmages showed how green we are. Attitude is great.”

Whittier

2011-12 season: 21-2, lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals

Returning starters (4): Ryan Grant, 6-1, Sr., guard; Justin Reyes, 6-3, Sr., forward; Andrew Wells, 6-0, Sr., guard; Nathan Frongillo, 5-11, Sr., guard

Returning lettermen: Jaylin Deveau, 6-1, Jr., forward; Andres Hernandez, 5-11, Jr., guard; Mitchell Rudis, 6-0, Jr., guard; Gage Alicea, 5-10, Soph., guard

Promising newcomers: Scotty Curcio, 6-2, Sr., forward; Jesse Triplett, 5-1, Sr., forward; Gio Sanchez, 5-10, Jr., guard; Jake McCartney, 5-10, Jr., guard; Liam Burns, 5-10, Jr., guard

Captains: Justin Reyes, Ryan Grant, Nate Frongillo, Andrew Wells

Candidates: 110

Returning leaders: Justin Reyes 16.3 ppg, Ryan Grant 15.3 ppg, Andrew Wells 9.8 ppg (54 3’s)

Returning honorees: Ryan Grant, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Justin Reyes, All-CAC Large

Fast facts: Complete Eagle-Tribune records go through the 1987-88 season, in that span Whittier’s previous high win total was 20 in 1988. According to coach Tom Sipsey, it was Whittier’s first CAC title since 1995.... The No. 1 Cats were stunned by No. 8 Saugus last winter in the North quarters. … Andrew Wells and Nate Frongillo were integral parts on the 2011 North sectional baseball championship team. … Justin Reyes was the surprise of the fall, playing football for the first time in his life and having a solid season at wide receiver.

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