Key returnees: Senior – Azariah Parmer (wing); Junior – Najee Miller (center); Sophomore – Jared Armstrong (guard)
Others to watch: Junior – Landon Leinbach (guard); Sophomores – Sean Hinson (guard), Brennan Addley (wing)
Strengths: Dolan was excited to show up to his first workout with his new team to find out how much athleticism his squad possesses. Only one thing was more exciting than seeing their strong ball skills, and that was seeing how motivated the Pioneers are to succeed.
Question marks: Losing senior captain Tyler Denlinger to an injury was a blow, as his leadership and style of play will be tough to replace. The Pioneers need leaders to emerge.
Outlook: Dolan believes if the team continues to work hard and play together they will have a chance to reach their goals at the end of the season. The Pioneers’ main goal is to see improvement each day.
Coach: Dave Forker (second year) Last year’s record: 25-5 overall (District One Class A runner-up)
Notable losses: Greg Boyd, J.D. Zamroz, Will Maynard, Alexander Woelkers, Justin Festa
Key returnees: Senior – Cameron McDonald (forward); Junior – Tyler Landis (center)
Others to watch: Seniors – John Hein (guard), Eric Prescott (forward); Junior – Will Diaz (guard)
Strengths: The Lions have waited for their chance to shine behind the large senior class of 2012 and now they will get their chance. This group is motivated to have a successful season.
Question marks: This will be the first year in the Bicentennial Athletic League for the Lions and with only six home games, the young, inexperienced group will be challenged early and often. The softer schedule of the ACCAC is not there to catch their fall.
Coach: Matt Philbrick (second year) Last year’s record: 5-16 overall (1-8 in the ACCAC)
Key losses: Nate Bergey, Ryan Bachtle, Scott Seelig
Key returnees: Seniors – Jaron Kicinski (guard), Tyler Nichols (center), Dave Capeci (wing); Juniors - J.B. Van Dame (forward), Drew Cameron (forward)
Others to watch: Freshmen – Mike Van Dame, Cameron Capeci, Rashid Saint Fleur
Stengths: The hard work the Warriors have put in has resulted in a relentless defensive effort that should keep them competitive in a majority of their games. They also expect an increase of points scored from the post position.
Question marks: Sometimes it is easier to account for the loss of seniors because you know it is going to happen and you have to time to prepare. This season the Warriors watched their talented young point guard transfer schools, no longer living in the area. Seelig’s production at the top of the key will be tough to replace.
Outlook: A second full season under Philbrick means you can avoid the weeks of getting to know each other and just get down to business. In the early days of preseason the Warriors can already see the progress they have made since last year ended.