The girls, meanwhile, have their sights set on improving on last year’s 7-4 record. All of the team’s top players from a year ago are back, including a second-team all-county player in Frost. She averaged 12.3 points each time out as a junior. Davis was second on the team with a 5.8 average a year ago and coach Chris Beil says she should see her average jump up close to double digits. Consistency from the other two girls on the team would make the Gladiators a threat for a top three spot. 

Hammond

2012 boys: 0-11; 2012 girls: 0-11

Top boys: Junior Logan Mitchell; sophomore David Edwards; freshman Patrick McDonald.


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Top girls: Seniors Emily Creighton, Betsy Frekot, Amber Ginsburg and Emily Morton; junior Carolyn Pangburn.

What you need to know: After the Golden Bears went winless last season on both the boys and girls sides, new coach Scott Osborne says the team is going back to basics. “With swings, attitudes toward the game … we are starting from the beginning,” he said. “This is still a very inexperienced group that is still learning.” McDonald, a freshman, may very well be the top player for the boys at the onset and Osborne is hoping to see continued improvement from everyone going forward.

The girls have five players that are all roughly all around the same skill level. Creighton has the most experience, having been on the team since she was a sophomore.

Howard

2012 boys: 6-5; 2012 girls: 1-9-1

Top boys: Seniors Max Balter, Sean Crawford and Steven Park; juniors Greg Cherry and Nolan Dunnigan.

Top girls: Seniors Jaclyn Fallira and Jasmine Kelly; freshman Harper Lurie.

What you need to know: The boys squad is coming off back-to-back 6-5 campaigns and the three seniors were all important pieces of the 2012 team. Crawford has showcased the ability to shoot in the low 20s somewhat consistently and finished tied for 16th at last year’s county championship tournament. With the experience at the top, along with up-and-comers in Cherry and Dunnigan, new coach Josh McGoun said tryouts were extremely competitive. “I was planning on only keeping six guys, but ended up keeping seven because the skill level was that high … I’ve been impressed thus far,” he said.

Fallaria made great strides as the season went along last year and peaked with a top 15 finish at the county tournament. She’ll likely lead the way. Lurie has had lessons and has a nice foundation in place, while Kelly is still rather new to the game. 

Long Reach

2012 boys: 2-9; 2012 girls: 3-6-2

Top boys: Seniors Trevor Appler and Joe Grabowski; juniors Will Bartolotta and Evan Spotte-Smith.

Top girl: Sophomore Julie Reboullet.

What you need to know: The Lightning struggled last season, but the good news is that every member of the team is back and has improved according to coach Bob Hawthorne. Appler was the team leader as a junior and scored in double figures a team-high three times. He and Bartolotta have the potential to push their averages into the teens if they continue on their current trajectory.

The girls team has three players out and they have a combined one year of playing experience. Reboullet, a sophomore, will be asked to assume the top spot after playing in the third spot last year behind Courtney Sample (9.4-point average) and Abigail Caspar (8.5). 

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