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key play­ers in Jake Reichwein, Collin MacA­dams and Shane McCusker. Pen­nridge, who fin­ished just one game be­hind in the stand­ings, re­turns se­niors Sean Yoder and Jon Post.

In the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons Methac­ton re­turn all but one starter. Led by the league’s big­gest player in 6-foot-9 for­ward Jeff Wood­ward and knock­down shooter David Duda, the War­riors are primed for an­other post­sea­son push. Norristown, led by Mi­keel Allen and Ver­non Tubbs, should chal­lenge Methac­ton for the league crown.

Ro­man Catholic re­turns as cham­pi­ons of the al­ways-com­pet­i­tive Philadel­phia Catholic League. Arch­bishop Car­roll and La Salle each have new coaches this sea­son to try to over­take the Cahillites, who also won a state ti­tle last year.

Dock Men­non­ite, Faith Chris­tian Academy and Lower More­land all look to have an­other suc­cess­ful year in the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League. FCA is com­ing off a Dis­trict 1 ti­tle, Dock re­turns two four-year starters in Jack­son Scialanca and Nolan Bolton and Lower More­land has high ex­pec­ta­tions for an­other 20-win sea­son.

In the In­ter-Ac, Ger­man­town Academy will look to bounce back af­ter a down year. Sopho­more Jor­dan Longino is primed for a big sea­son af­ter av­er­ag­ing 21 points as a fresh­man.

Abing­ton

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 26-4, 14-0 SOL Na­tional, SOL Na­tional Cham­pi­ons, Dis­trict One Cham­pi­ons Key re­turn­ers: Eric Dixon, Lu­cas Mon­roe, Dar­i­ous Brown, Howard Bur­rell No­table losses: Rob­bie Heath, Bran­don Coff­man, Xavier Craw­ford Out­look: “This year’s team is look­ing to build from last year’s sea­son. The guys un­der­stand how hard they have to work to achieve the goals that they set for them­selves.” Charles Grasty (9th

Arch­bishop Car­roll

Head coach: (1st sea­son) Last year’s record: PCL Key re­turn­ers: Luke House, Kiyl Mack, Shawn John­son, Cole Burkitt, Padraig Casey No­table losses: Keyon But­ler, Devon Fer­rero, Justin An­der­son, AJ Hog­gard Out­look: “The big­gest key to success is to build off of the success of last year’s team. Se­nior lead­er­ship will drive this team. The out­look is very bright for the pro­gram. Hard work, tenac­ity on de­fense, mov­ing the ball on of­fense and re­bound­ing will drive this team to an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son!” Fran­cis Bowe Jr. 20-8, 10-3

Cen­tral Bucks East

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 13-12, 5-7 SOL Con­ti­nen­tal, dis­trict play­off berth Key re­turn­ers: Ben Markowitz, Leo Master­son, Nick Rog­gio No­table losses: Kyle Cassidy, Collin Stein, Jesse Rivera Out­look: “This sea­son will hinge on how quickly our in­ex­pe­ri­enced new com­ers can ac­cli­mate to the speed of the var­sity game.” Erik Hen­ry­sen (9th

Cen­tral Bucks South

Head coach: (15th sea­son) Last year’s record: SOL Con­ti­nen­tal Key re­turn­ers: Tommy Kuypers, Ian McCaw, Cole Prezel­ski, Brady Prezel­ski, Mark Kan­nengieszer, Alex Di­etz No­table losses: Jack Johns Out­look: “The Ti­tans are look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing sea­son and want to build from last year’s play­off ex­pe­ri­ence.” Ja­son Campbell

Chel­tenham

14-9, 8-4 Nate Robin­son, Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 14-9, 10-4 SOL Amer­i­can, dis­trict play­off berth Key re­turn­ers: Kyin Healey, Tim Myarick, Zahree Har­ri­son, Bran­don Scott No­table losses: Ahmab Bick­ley Pa­trick Fleury (1st Jack

Dock Men­non­ite

Clark, Head Coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 24-6, BAL Pres­i­dents champs, BAL tour­na­ment champs, Dis­trict 1 fi­nal­ist Key re­turn­ers: Jack­son Scialanca, Nolan Bolton, Dar­ius El­lis, Ralph Saint-Fleur, Steve Martin, Troy Vasey No­table losses: Miz Nyag­wegwe, Caleb Pfleiger, Dan Love­less Mike Fer­gus (42nd Out­look: “Dock looks to build on their success while re­turn­ing a good mix of vet­er­ans and new­com­ers. Four-year starters Scialanca and Bolton pro­vide bat­tletested lead­er­ship, El­lis pro­vides a ma­jor paint pres­ence, Saint- Fleur was last year’s 6th man, and a good group of new­com­ers and JV grad­u­ates pro­vide depth.”

Jenk­in­town

Head coach: Sea­son) Last year’s record: league, Dis­trict berth Key re­turn­ers: Trevor Brock­well, Adam Gi­ammanco, Cade Laf­ferty No­table losses: Pa­trick Mor­rin, Ted Fo­ley, Ja­cob Schwartz Out­look: “Our team has a healthy blend of size and ex­pe­ri­ence re­turn­ing. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish to our sea­son in 2018, and with a large ma­jor­ity of min­utes re­turn­ing, we look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in our very com­pet­i­tive league and dis­trict play­offs. We have sev­eral com­pet­i­tive non-league matchups in­clud­ing the rekin­dling of lo­cal ri­vals like New Hope, Spring­field Town­ship, and Up­per More­land along with a trip to the Jer­sey Shore to bat­tle Mainland Re­gional and Wild­wood High School.”

La Salle

Wes Emme (8th 9-15, 7-9 Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: PCL Key re­turn­ers: Zach Crisler, Kon­rad Kiszka, Allen Pow­ell, Ti­tus Beard, Jack Rothen­berg, Khalil Diar­rah No­table losses: Sean Si­mon Out­look: “With a good group of re­turn­ing se­niors, La Salle looks to im­prove from last sea­son.” Mike McKee (1st 15-8; 8-5 Matt McMa­hon,

Lower More­land

Head coach: sea­son) Last year: 20+ wins, BAL champs, Dis­trict 1⁄11 fi­nal­ist, state berth los­ing to Over­brook in the first round Key re­turn­ers: Joey Cer­ruti, Shane Co­hen, An­drew Fin­negan, Jake Him­mel­stein, Bryce Horn, For­rest Keys, Jor­dan Zoubroulis Out­look: “Ex­pec­ta­tions are high. If we play team bas­ket­ball and cause the chaos we want to on de­fense we can have a very strong sea­son.” Seth Baron (8th

Methac­ton

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: cham­pi­ons Key re­turn­ers: David Duda, Jeff Wood­ward, Mar­cus Gi­rardo, Brett Eberly, Owen Kropp, Ben Chris­tian, Conor Smith, Ai­den Ha­zlett No­table losses: Noah Kitaw, Miguel Prince Out­look: “The 2018-2019 Methac­ton War­riors re­turn a strong and ex­pe­ri­enced group of play­ers. Hav­ing lost only one starter in Noah Kitaw, the core of this team has been play­ing to­gether for two full years. David Duda, Jeff Wood­ward, Brett Eberly, Mar­cus Gi­rardo, Owen Kropp, Ben Chris­tian, Conor Smith, and Ai­den Ha­zlett gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence last sea­son and look to pro­vide strong lead­er­ship for the team this year. In ad­di­tion to the re­turn­ing core, there is a tal­ented group of new­com­ers led by Ju­nior Erik Timko, that will look to step on the floor and make an im­me­di­ate im­pact. We ex­pect the com­pe­ti­tion in the PAC to be ex­tremely tough and we look for­ward to chal­lenge of com­pet­ing against strong op­po­nents all sea­son long!” Jeff Der­s­tine (9th

Norristown

18-8, PAC Head coach: Dana “Binky” John­son (2nd sea­son) Last year’s record: 18-10, 7-3 PAC Lib­erty, PAC play­off berth, Dis­trict 1 play­off berth, State play­off berth Key re­turn­ers: Mar­cus San­ford, Ver­non Tubbs, Mi­keel Allen No­table losses: Dar­ius Hopewell

North Penn

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: SOL Con­ti­nen­tal Key re­turn­ers: AJ Mitchell, Tali McIver No­table losses: AJ Catan­zaro, Chris Cole­man, Joey Lindsay Out­look: “We hope to be in a po­si­tion to com­pete for the con­fer­ence ti­tle and earn a spot in the dis­trict play­offs. We have a lot of new faces in the pro­gram so it’ll be a chal­lenge get­ting ev­ery­one on the same page and ready to com­pete.” John Con­rad (8th 13-12, 6-6 Out­look: Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 13-13 over­all, 8-8 Bi­cen­ten­nial League, Con­sti­tu­tion Con­fer­ence. Dis­trict 1 semi­fi­nal­ist. Key re­turn­ers: Lyle Tip­ton, Daniel Olinger, Joshua Black­burn, Rahiim McIn­tyre, Michael DiBenedetto, Ben Chi, Trevor Tip­ton, Nathan Black­burn No­table losses: Evan Li Out­look: “Phil-Mont is very ex­cited about the up­com­ing sea­son. They open the sea­son at the Ore­land Lions Tip-off Tour­na­ment against Bishop McDe­vitt. The Fal­cons first round op­po­nent in the Wild­wood Board­walk Bas­ket­ball Clas­sic is Cum­ber­land Re­gional High School from New Jer­sey. In ad­di­tion, the Con­sti­tu­tion and Pres­i­dents Divi­sion of the BAL will present some very stiff com­pe­ti­tion. There are many teams that are re­turn­ing very tal­ented play­ers. Each night will be a huge chal­lenge. The team looks to make an ap­pear­ance in the BAL League Cham­pi­onship Tour­na­ment and hope­fully a run in the Dis­trict and State play­offs.” Glenn Dolton (10th Joel Sch­nei­der,

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh

Head coach: Jim Donofrio Last year’s record: 28-2, 14-0 SOL Amer­i­can, SOL Amer­i­can champs, SOL post­sea­son tour­na­ment champs, Dis­trict 1 fi­nal­ist, state berth Key re­turn­ers: Ja­son Cherry No­table losses: Ah­min Wil­liams, Ah­mad Wil­liams, Ish Horn, Alan Glover, Danny Cooper Na­heem McLeod,

Pope John Paul II

Head Coach: (1st sea­son) Last year’s record: PAC Key re­turn­ers: Tyshyre DeVeauxMalachi, Chris White, Sean Bustynow­icz, Drew McKeon No­table losses: Ai­dan McCarthy, Dan Cirino, Vince Viney and Julien An­drews among a to­tal of 12 se­niors grad­u­ated. Out­look: “We have an ex­cit­ing mix of se­nior lead­ers and tal­ented un­der­class­men. For what this team lacks in Var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence, they make up for with their com­pet­i­tive spirit and pos­i­tive en­ergy. When they put it all to­gether this group is ca­pa­ble of great team bas­ket­ball.” Bren­dan Stan­ton

Quak­er­town

6-15, 4-6 in Head coach: (1st sea­son) Last year’s record: SOL Amer­i­can Key re­turn­ers: Eli Or­tiz, Matt Lu­cas, Sam Rice,Sean Har­ri­son, Nick Mes­tayer No­table losses: Jon Rey, Kevin Juszyn­ski, Grey Mitchell Out­look: “I am ex­tremely ex­cited for my first year as Head Coach at Quak­er­town af­ter three sea­sons of be­ing the Head Coach at Penn State Lehigh Val­ley. I feel like we are in an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive league with great coach­ing, play­ers, and ri­val­ries. I feel like we have the tal­ent and the depth to com­pete for a Dis­trict 1 play­off po­si­tion. I am look­ing for­ward to see how our se­niors han­dle their big­ger roles and how the sopho­mores and fresh­man to per­form un­der the bright lights.” Michael DeCaro­lis 6-16, 4-10

Spring­field-Montco

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: SOL Amer­i­can Key re­turn­ers: Jor­dan Wil­son Krew­son, Ben Barry DeVine (2nd 4-18, 1-10 Pauls, Rit­ten­house, Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 4-17(2-8PAC) Key re­turn­ers: Chris Clark, Lukas Kim, Matt Choi, Nick Shep­perd, Dom Breece No­table losses: Pugh Out­look: “Win­ning ball games in the PAC al­ways prove tough be­cause the play­ers re­ally de­velop to play an­other year and the dif­fer­ent sys­tems for each coach are crafted to high­light their strengths and ex­pose your weak­nesses. The op­ti­mism is high at Up­per Me­rion, de­spite com­ing off of a four-win sea­son. Los­ing al­ways pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to learn and it fu­els the fire. Th­ese guys get a year older and can un­der­stand the men­tal as­pect of the game more and more. We just want to keep it sim­ple and fo­cus on the mi­nor de­tails of the game that make a big dif­fer­ence. We are all ex­cited to face the new chal­lenges this year.” Ja­son Quen­zer (6th Jon Eyer, KJ

Up­per More­land

Head coach: year) Last year’s record: 9-13 Key re­turn­ers: Chris­tian O’Donnell, Beau Wool­lens, Tyler Ib­bot­son, Jahire John­son Out­look: “The Up­per More­land Bas­ket­ball team will have a young group this year. The team will be led by se­nior cap­tain Chris­tian O’Donnell. The team will look to get bet­ter and build some chem­istry in the pre-sea­son in hopes it trans­lates to a suc­cess­ful sea­son on the court. The team looks for­ward to com­pet­ing on both ends of the floor game in and game out.” Sean Fee­ley (2nd

Wis­sahickon

Head coach: sea­son) Last year’s record: 19-8, 11-3 SOL Amer­i­can, Dis­trict 1 semi­fi­nal­ist, state qual­i­fier Key re­turn­ers: Ed­die Fortes­cue, Cole Hirsch, Car­men Ostroski, Tyler Caso No­table losses: Zach Reiner, Max Rapoport, An­thony Lawrence Out­look: “Wis­sahickon Boys’ Bas­ket­ball team is re­build­ing af­ter a run in 2018 that took them to the semi­fi­nals at Tem­ple and into the state play­offs. The Tro­jans are for­tu­nate in this re­build­ing process in the fact that they re­turn three tal­ented play­ers, and a host of young skilled play­ers. Ed­die Fortes­cue (6’), and Cole Hirsch (6’2”) are two se­nior start­ing guards that were im­pact­ful play­ers last year, and Car­men Ostroski (6’4”) is a ver­sa­tile wing that has tran­si­tioned from sixth man to a more im­pact­ful start­ing role this off-sea­son. Ostroski has the abil­ity to play from the point to the cen­ter po­si­tion, and he has a silky touch from be­hind the 3-point line. Fortes­cue is a player with an end­less mo­tor, and he is im­pres­sive at both ends of the court. Fill­ing out the ros­ter are two tal­ented se­nior for­wards in Tyler Caso (6’3”) and Mau­rice Wil­lis (6’5”), and mul­ti­ple un­der­class­men guards like Har­ri­son Wil­liams, Matt Com­pas, An­drew Buck, D’Shan Love, Justin Rap­pa­port, Alex Rich­man, and Jack­son In­tri­eri. The team hopes to be com­pet­i­tive in a tough con­fer­ence that matches them up against the tough teams of PW and new con­fer­ence foe Abing­ton.” Kyle Wil­son (20th

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Ed­die Fortes­cue and Wis­sahickon hope for an­other big sea­son af­ter reach­ing the Dis­trict 1 semi­fi­nals last year.

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