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Pen­nridge

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.

Soud­er­ton

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.

North Penn

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.

Lans­dale Catholic

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.

Christo­pher Dock

Coach: Matt Dolan (first year) Last year’s record: 8-16 over­all (5-9 in the BAL)

No­table losses: Sharif Ste­wart

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