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  • WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: Boys Basketball

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  • CAESAR RODNEY HIGH SCHOOL
    Nickname: Riders
    2012 Record: 7-13
    Key Returning Impact Players: Alex Kemp, Collin Moore, Antwan Miller, Kas Perry, Mahda Brewah, Brendyn Moore, Spencer Bartron and Jordan Downes
    Key Newcomers: Jamil Bell, Zach Kent and Jaquan Hooks 
     
    Season Outlook: The Caesar Rodney boys basketball squad looks to finally break out this season after a 7-13 record last year. The Riders have been stuck in a 6-to-7 win pattern since 2009, when they finished 10-9. Also, 2009 was the last time the Riders advanced to the DIAA state tournament, another streak they hope to break this season. CR lost three solid senior contributors from last year’s squad, including guards Lateef Shinaba and Aaron Briggs, and big-man Reginald Giles. At guard, the Riders look solid, with a large pool to choose from including Collin Moore, Alex Kemp, and Jordan Downes who was the loan sophomore on the club last season. Underneath the net, CR will look to plug in Spencer Bartron, Mahda Brewah, Kasreeyl Perry and Brendyn Moore all who register over 6 foot. Also, the Riders hope to see some contributions from incoming underclassmen like Zach Kent, Jaquan Hooks and Jamil Bell. While they may not yet be on par with teams like Sussex Tech or Polytech, the Riders are hoping to not only see improvement on the court this season, but also compete for state tournament berth. CR opens its season Friday night the Riders host conference foe Smyrna at 7:15 p.m.
     
    DOVER HIGH SCHOOL
    Nickname: Senators
    2012 Record: 11-9
    Key Returning Impact Players: Shekiem Yarbray, Antwon Peace, Jordan Allen, Daryl Coverdale, Nick Spadafino, Brian Pettit, Larry Hobbs, Adam Midgette, Prince Jackson and Ja’Von Cunningham
    Key Newcomers: Terrance Woodlin, Roberick Brown, Kobe Morris and Chidera Egeonu
     
    Season Outlook: The Dover Senators’ boys basketball team enter a brand new season hoping to once again return to the state tournament while also competing with the top dogs within the Henlopen Conference. Last season, the Senators finished 11-9, fighting valiantly for one of the final playoff spots and even winning a tournament game over Concord before being eliminated by an impressive Sanford team. This season, the Senators come in with a different look at a lot of positions. William Watts, Kyle Mace, Cody Taylor, Tyler Myers and Lewis Todd have all graduated, leaving a lot of spots open for players eager to prove themselves. While the Senators have some experienced players returning like Shekiem Yarbray and Nick Spadafino who will both be seniors on the club this season, they also have some underclassmen returning who also made an impact last year. Antwon Peace, who was an eighth grader last year, saw action last season and looks to earn even more time as an incoming freshman. Also, after some impressive moments last season, another guard freshman Jordan Allen also hopes to lead the back court for the Senators. This season will be another tough test for Dover, playing within a highly competitive Henlopen Conference. However, after a rough start to the season last year, losing five of their first seven games, the Senators responded and improved throughout the season. With some fresh faces and some promising returning ones, the Senators look to do some damage this season. Dover opens its season this Friday afternoon at Newark High School, with tip-off scheduled for 5:15 p.m.
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    Coach’s Quote: “With such a young group we will be studying in the classroom hard every day,” said Dover head coach Stephen Wilson. “[We will] practice hard every day, take each game as it comes, and not focus on any one team just game by game preparation. After report cards came out all of our focus has just been on Newark and that first quarter on Friday night. We have set team goals, which we will be looking at on a constant basis to make sure we’re on track. I have been very impressed with their work effort so far, and the coaching staff believes the sky is the limit.”
     
    POLYTECH HIGH SCHOOL
    Nickname: Panthers
    2012 Record: 17-3
    Key Returning Impact Players: DeVaughn Mallory, John Williams, Juwan Gray, Ricky Hicks, John Pierce III, Christian Black, Corey Chappel and Noah Adams
    Key Newcomers: Cameron Lewis, Chase Chappel, Trent Watson, Tim Butler and Anwar Marshall
     
    Season Outlook: The Polytech Panthers’ boys basketball squad had yet another impressive campaign last season finishing 17-3 on the year. Also, the Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, falling to eventual champion Howard. This season, the Panthers return for another season looking for yet another playoff berth and hoping to contend in the Henlopen Conference. After years of representing the Henlopen South division, this season the Panthers will be in the North Division along with Dover, Caesar Rodney, Smyrna, Sussex Central, Sussex Tech and defending conference champion Cape Henlopen. While the Panthers have been impressive over the last few seasons at the state level, regardless of what division they played, this season may be a bit of a challenge. With more games against the Henlopen North, another 17-win season may prove difficult. Also, the Panthers will have to replace standouts like Harry Johnson and Antonio DePina who both graduated last year. However, the Panthers do have the pieces necessary to replace the production left behind by graduating seniors. DeVaughn Mallory, Noah Adams, Ricky Hicks, Juwan Gray and Christian Black all hope to continue the improvement in their games from last year to help lead the Panthers to another solid season. Also, Polytech Head Coach John Pierce’s son John Pierce III will join the team after a stint with a Maryland high school. The Panthers will open the 2013 season on Friday night when they travel south to take on the Sussex Central Golden Knights at 6:15 p.m. 
     
    Coach’s Quote: “We’re looking forward to a productive season,” Polytech head coach John Pierce said about the upcoming 2013-14 season.
     
    Page 3 of 3 - LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
    Nickname: Spartans
    2012 Record: 2-18
    Key Returning Impact Players: Ridgely Betts, Chris Owens
    Key Newcomers: Tyrone Whittington, Peyton Dean, Dominique Griffith, Wontrell Hammond
     
    Season Outlook: The Lake Forest boys basketball team begins a new season with a fresh start hoping to turn around their fortunes after a rough 2012 season. When any team changes their head coach you can expect some growing pains. In 2012, Dion Miller took over Lake Forest and unfortunately winning results did not come easily as the team finished 2-18 on the year. Now, with the first season under a new direction behind them they can focus on improving in 2013. With only a few returning players and a number of newcomers, where the Spartans stand this season won’t be known until a few weeks into the season. Ridgely Betts and Chris Owens hope to hold down the fort as two of only a handful of seniors on the club this year. Meanwhile, newcomers like Petyon Dean, Dominique Griffith, and Wontrell Hammond hope to leave their mark this season in a Spartans’ uniform. The Spartans open their season this Friday night when they host the Milford Bucs at 6:15 p.m.
     
    SAINT THOMAS MORE ACADEMY
    Nickname: Ravens
    2012 Record: 2-17
    Key Returning Impact Players: Rourke Bonnell, Sean Pool
    Key Newcomers: Tevin Brown, Will Sass, Corey Gordon and Matthew Tobert
     
    Season Outlook: After a disappointing 2-17 record last season, the St. Thomas More boys basketball team hopes to see some improvement in 2013 behind some strong newcomers. With two experienced returnees in Rourke Bonnell and Sean Pool, the Ravens seem to be in good hands when it comes to leadership. Both Bonnell and Pool are multisport athletes who have seen plenty of playing time over their years at St. Thomas More. Joining them will be an incoming class of players who head coach Cheston Boyd is excited about. Tevin Brown, Will Sass, Corey Gordon and Matt Tobert are just a few of the names of newcomers who Boyd believes will make an impact this season. With some new faces and some solid seniors, the Ravens hope to compete in the Diamond State conference this season while seeing a huge leap in improvement on the court from last season.
     
    Coach’s Quote: “This season, we are looking to gain respect in the state,” said St. Thomas More head coach Cheston Boyd. “Our school has always been known for great academics but we are much more. My players are well rounded and deserve an opportunity to compete at a varsity level. Our expectations are simple, win with class and dignity and bring pride to our school, community and family.”
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