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