Another winter sports season has winded down to a close, so let’s take a look back at how local hoops teams fared this season and where they could be headed come next year.
Caesar Rodney Riders (7-13)
The Caesar Rodney Riders boys basketball squad improved upon their win total from the previous season, going 7-13 this year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to earn a berth in the state tournament but certainly something to grow on for the Riders hoops program.
While they will lose 3 seniors to graduation, including Aaron Briggs, the Riders will see the majority of their nucleus return next season. Junior Colin Moore will return next season to help continue to lead the team at the guard position. Along with Moore, the Riders have a deep cast of underclassmen ready to step up next season including Alexander Kemp, Brendyn Moore and Jordan Downes.
Dover Senators (11-9)
After a 2-5 start to the season, the Dover boys hoops squad rebounded posting an 11-9 record which was good enough to get them into the state tournament. The Senators would draw Concord in the first round; defeating them 49-26 before falling to defending champs Sanford in the next round.
The Senators will lose 5 players to graduation this summer. That list includes All-Conference player Tyler Myers, along with contributors Todd Lewis, William Watts, Kyle Mace and Cody Taylor. However, Dover will have some impact players returning. First-Team All Henlopen Conference standout Keith Rollerson will be entering his senior campaign. And, freshmen phenomenon Antwon Peace will look to increase his hold on the point guard position for the Senators.
Polytech Panthers (17-3)
The Polytech Panthers posted yet another incredible season on the hardwood. Behind the play of All-Conference stars Antonio DePina and Harry Johnson, the Panthers returned to the Henlopen Championship game, while earning a first-round bye in the state tournament. The Panthers got past a hot St. Elizabeth squad 68-62 in round 2 before falling to the eventual champions Howard in the Quarterfinals.
While it won’t be easy to replace the Panthers 3 seniors, DePina, Johnson and William Zwicharowski Polytech has a very talented young core returning.
“I believe John Williams, Juwan Gray, Noah Adams, Christian Black, Conner Chasanov, Gabe Brown and Corey Chappel are all capable of filling roles,” said Polytech Head Coach John Pierce. “Also, I’d keep my eye on DeVaughn Mallory and Ricky Hicks.
Lake Forest Spartans (2-18)
After an 8-12 finish in 2011-12, the Lake Forest Spartans boys basketball squad finished a disappointing 2-18 under new head coach Dion Miller this season.
With a small squad, the Spartans will look to build their team with some new talent for next season. Also, they will need some returning players to step up their games. Christopher Owens, Terrence Best and Shakori Bray will try to lead a returning group of players to a better 2013-14 campaign.
St. Thomas More Ravens (2-17)
After winning only one game last season, the St. Thomas More Ravens finished with a 2-17 record this season, improving by one game.
The tough 2012-13 campaign will hopefully help motivate some of the returning players to next year’s squad. Youngsters Sean Pool and Akhil Patel look to improve with the likes of the steady Rourke Bonnell to try and improve this squad next year.
Caesar Rodney Riders (11-9)
The Caesar Rodney Lady Riders basketball squad enjoyed yet another successful season on the hardwood, posting an 11-9 record this season. Once again, the Lady Riders earned a bid in the State Tournament where they defeated A.I. duPont in the first round before falling to Appoquninimink in a highly contested second round game.
The Riders will lose standouts Jazmine Lee and Chakia Young to graduation but they have plenty of talented underclassmen ready to fill their shoes. Alexis Prillaman, Shakyra Cephas and Deana Martin are just a few of the returning players looking to continue making an impact next season.
Dover Senators (6-14)
After an impressive 14-6 record last season, the Dover Lady Senators slipped a bit this season falling to 6-14 on the year. The Senators got off to a tough 2-7 start, and while they tried to respond midway through the regular season a late slide did them in.
Dover’s small roster will get even smaller after losing seniors Alyssa Chandler and All-Conference standout Antonia Johnson. However, the talented Louella Cooper and Iyana Casey look to take over the reins and get Dover back into the hunt next season.
Polytech Panthers (10-10)
After an 8-12 finish last year, the Polytech Panthers Lady hoops team improved to 10-10 under new Head Coach Oscar Walker.
While their 10-10 record wasn’t good enough to earn them a state tournament bid, the season was still filled with its fair share of success. Early in the season the Panthers were winners of the Red Lion basketball tournament and won 3 of their last 4 games to nearly sneak into the tournament.
The Panthers will lose some important contributors, including All-Conference star Alexsandra Mycek, Amanda Taylor, Adelaide Stang and Maxine Joseph. However, they will have up-and-comer Sarah Hillman along with a number of underclassmen returning to next year’s squad.
Lake Forest Spartans (8-12)
The Lake Forest girls basketball squad improved to 8-12 after a 7-13 finish last season. Unfortunately, their record wasn’t good enough to earn a bid in the state tournament, but the Spartans have some pieces to build around.
“The season overall was a good one,” said Lake Forest Head Coach Stephanie Scott. “We saw a lot of growth, improvement and maturity in the girls and they applied what they were being taught. We can build and grow as a team and we’ll have more chemistry in the year to come.”
Kori Johnson, Quantesha Pitts, Nikkesha Scott, Gabrielle Cubbage, Roshell Dalton and Daia Daniels look to lead the Lady Spartans as the returning core next season.
St. Thomas More Ravens (4-16)
After an 11-9 record last season, the St. Thomas More Lady Ravens basketball squad faltered a bit this season, finishing a disappointing 4-16.
While the season wasn’t what they expected, the Ravens still had some standout players including Cali Echeverri, Maria McGloin and Alexa Schimp.
Schimp and McGloin will return next season looking to turn things around for the Ravens.