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Leary Has High Hopes For His Red Knights

Six seniors will carry the load

November 27, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

TORONTO - In his second season with the Toronto boys' basketball team, John Leary is looking for a lot of things from his Red Knights.

That starts with the six seniors in Tyler Andrews, Joe Chadwick, Dillon Gault, Brad Melville, Tyler Owens and Kyle White.

"We are very optimistic this year," Leary said. "We have a strong group of seniors as four out of our five starters return (Chadwick, Owens, Gault, and Melville). We will start freshman Blaze Glenn with them as the point guard. Senior Kyle White has returned to program this year and should be very valuable as our sixth man."

Another large plus for Leary is the increased numbers in the program.

"We have a very good freshman group as 13 of our 24 players are freshmen," he said. "We are very pleased so far with how they have stepped right in and made the program stronger. The biggest difference is that practice is much more competitive this season.

"Numbers being up mean people have to compete for playing time which stimulates player development."

Leary also has juniors Derrek Lawrence and Preston Zeigler, sophomore Nate Reed and freshmen Hank Clegg and Blaine Rawson.

"I think our seniors have set some very attainable goals for the season," Leary said. "They don't want to be mediocre; they've talked about making the OVAC playoffs as one of top four teams and winning postseason games. Time and effort will determine if those goals are attainable.

"We think they are working very hard to put a team on the floor that will make the community of Toronto very proud and close out the last year of our current school building and gym by making some lasting memories for everyone involved with our program."

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