Coach: Dean Behrens (15th year) Last year’s record: 11-11 overall (5-9 in Suburban One Continental Conference)
Key losses: Tim Abruzzo, Andrew Lyons, Colin McIntyre
Key returnees: Seniors – Jeff Garner (guard), Alex Krivda (forward), Kyle Bigam (forward); Sophomore – Zach Muredda (guard)
Others to watch: Seniors – Andrew Dietterich (center), Joe Garrity (guard); Juniors – Mike Tatarowicz (forward), Pat McClatchy (guard); Sophomore – Danny Shane (guard)
Strengths: You cannot put a price on experience and when you look down the Rams’ bench there are five players that saw valuable minutes at the varsity level last season. The seniors have had strong senior classes in front of them to show the right way to lead, and players such as Krivda and Bigam are currently proving that on the football field too.
Question marks: Abruzzo and Lyons means the Rams lost their top two point scorers. The offense will need to come together quickly, and the fact they are still waiting on a few football players to transition over to winter sports, it will need to come together more quickly than ever before.
Outlook: In order to contend, the Rams believe it is going to take disci- pline on defense and a new level of aggressiveness on the glass. If a player or two can step up and become a consistent offensive threat things may change, but the Rams will need to outwork their opponents this season to succeed.
Coach: Pete Chimera (first year) Last year’s record: 20-8 overall (12-2 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
Notable losses: Luke Moyer, Ryan Connelly, Mark Wonderling , Ry Yozallinas
Key returnees: Senior – John Kanas (guard); Junior – Brendan Wagner (center), Steve Shaffer (guard)
Others to watch: Seniors – Anthony Williams (guard), Austin Murphy (guard), Dan O’Hara (forward)
Strengths: The Indians’ combination of size and quickness should cause some teams problems. The 6-8 Wagner is becoming a force inside and Kanas knows how to finish around the basket.
Question marks: The Indians do not have the outside shooters from seasons past. While there are eight seniors on the team, the likes of Moyer (Richmond), Wonderling (Ursinus) and Connelly (Kutztown) limited playing time for these returning players.
Outlook: While the Indians are com- ing off a state playoff appearance, this is a new look tribe. The Indians have four new starters and a new coach in Chimera, but they still expect to challenge for a league title.
Coach: John Conrad (second year) Last year’s record: 8-14 overall (5-9 in Suburban One Continental Conference) Notable losses: Wes Brooks Key returnees: Seniors - Michael Swanson (wing), Stephen Brown (wing)
Others to watch: Juniors - Jason Jones (forward), Brian Coleman (forward)
Strengths: The Knights know it is going to be a team effort this season and Conrad feels confident in his entire roster. His ability to go 10 to 12 deep this season will be beneficial.
Question marks: The Knights will have to overcome their lack of size and inexperience this season.
Outlook: After a slow start last season, the Knights ended on a positive note, winning five of their last six games. The Knights hope they can carry that momentum into year two of the Conrad era.
Coach: Ed Enoch (second year)
Last year’s record: 3-19 overall (1-13 in the PCL) Notable losses: Alex Talarico Key returnees: Seniors – Brian Rafferty (guard), Andrew Riviello (guard); Juniors – Kyle Pavlik (forward), Corey Kirk (forward)
Others to watch: Seniors – Jim Rock (forward), Cole Sagan (forward)
Strengths: The Crusaders feel confident about their team’s overall quickness and ability to shoot the basketball. They expect an above average shooting percentage will allow them to stay competitive this season.
Question marks: Compared to the rest of the Philadelphia Catholic League, the Crusaders lack the height and an inside presence on the glass. The Crusaders will need to rebound this season to stay competitive.
Outlook: Enoch feels everything is running smoother this preseason, his second year with the Crusaders, and he hopes their hard work in the offseason pay off and they can win more than three games they won a season ago.
Coach: Matt Dolan (first year) Last year’s record: 8-16 overall (5-9 in the BAL)
Notable losses: Sharif Stewart