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Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Shea Neal (guard); Ju­niors – Kereece Seuren (guard), Mat­ta­syn Shisler (guard)

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­nior – Lau­ren An­der­son (for­ward); Fresh­man – Lanae Huns­berger (for­ward)

Strengths: The Pi­o­neers will rely on their team speed to trans­late into smoth­er­ing de­fense and easy tran­si­tion bas­kets.

Ques­tion marks: The loss of Brad­ford (Gwynedd-Mercy Col­lege) and Swin­tosky hurts the Pi­o­neers on the boards and their con­sis­tent scor­ing. While Seuren emerged as a scor­ing threat dur­ing last sea­son, oth­ers will need to step up and make shots.

Out­look: Though they are com­ing off league and dis­trict ti­tles, the Pi­o­neers are try­ing to take this sea­son one goal at a time and try to fin­ish in the top half of their di­vi­sion.

Cal­vary Bap­tist

Coach: Scott Bergey (sev­enth year) Last year’s record: 14-5 over­all (7-1 in ACCAC)

No­table losses: Kel­cey Farn­ham, Katie Will

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Sierra Guenst (for­ward), Brandice Cle­mens (guard), Sarah Finkbeiner (wing)

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Vicky Casatelli (for­ward), Mary Finkbeiner (guard)

Strengths: The duo of Guenst and Cle­mens makes the Warriors a team to watch out for as the sea­son pro­gresses. Their lead­er­ship and ver­sa­til­ity should carry this team a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

Ques­tion marks: Foul trou­ble on the starters could be an is­sue this sea­son as the Warriors’ depth has very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence at the varsity level.

Out­look: Bergey be­lieves the Warriors should be a contender for the ACCAC cham­pi­onship and com­pete for a Dis­trict One Class A ti­tle.

Faith Chris­tian

Coach: Dale Moe (sec­ond year) Last year’s record: 10-13 over­all No­table losses: Sarah DeMar, Kelsey Dierkes

Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Rachel Shive (guard); Ju­niors – Ash­lyn Bod­der (for­ward), Hayley Wal­tenbaugh (for­ward)

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­nior – Tay­lor Barnes (guard); Fresh­man – Martina Mc­Cauley (for­ward)

Strengths: The Lions un­der­stand there are as­pects that they can con­trol, such as their ef­fort on the floor, and that is where their fo­cus lies. They believe their hard work on the de­fen­sive side will pro­pel them to suc­cess.

Ques­tion marks: The se­niors lost for the Lions played fear­less on of­fense and were never afraid to take an open shot. The Lions will need younger play­ers to pick up the points for the grad­u­a­tion go-to-girls.

Out­look: The Lions are not deep and will have their hands full for the first sea­son in the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League. The coaches and play­ers are hop­ing they can im­prove as the sea­son moves along.

Gwynedd Mercy Academy

• Head coach: Tim Kowal­ski (3rd year) • Last year’s record: 11 - 13 • Key losses: Caro­line Shim­rock, Maura Mckenna, Tay­lor Sweeney, Erin Casey

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors—Ka­t­rina McGrath, Jenna Raschi­a­tore, Ju­nior—Christa Gior­dano; Sopho­more—Emily Sul­li­van

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­nior—Courtney Sul­li­van; Ju­niors—Dia Veneziano, Jess Camp­bell; Fresh­men—Bai­ley Green­berg, Brid­get Cole­man, Erica DeCan­dido

• Out­look: “With the con­tin­ued rise of the GMA bas­ket­ball pro­gram, cul­mi­nat­ing last year in the school’s first win in dis­trict play since 2005 and ad­vance­ment to the Dis­trict 1 Class AAA quar­ter­fi­nals, GMA will need to over­come the loss of six grad­u­ated se­niors from the pro­gram,” Kowal­ski said.

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