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Dragons Could Be Explosive

November 27, 2012
By RICK THORP , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CAMERON - As Chad Clutter returns for his fourth season guiding the Cameron boys, he has four players back in the fold that have have him thinking good things may be in store.

''Those four returning players are all capable of double-figures,'' he said. ''They're that strong and that big and if we can get all four of them on the same page we should be looking at 40-50 points a game out of them.''

The Dragons - who open the season Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Clay-Battelle - have 16 players in the program in grades 9-12, but Clutter thinks any number difficulties will be outweighed by the quality of players he has on the roster.

''We're testing the waters trying to put together a supporting cast,'' he said. ''When we find those role players I'm sure they'll have some speed and provide some chaos for defenses.''

Leading the group of returning players is senior Mark Walker.

A 6-foot-2 guard, Walker is entering his fourth season as a starter. Since he's been his coach every year of his prep career, Clutter has enjoyed watching Walker mature.

''He's going to be our leader, that's for sure,'' Clutter said. ''He'll do a good job of (keeping other players) mentally prepared on the floor. He's our hardest worker in practice.''

And, he has the ability to shoot the 3 or take the ball inside.

Hunter Chambers is a 6-3 senior who could be a force down low. This will be is second season as a starter.

''He's gotten a little bit bigger and stronger,'' Clutter said. ''He will definitely be a difficult player to guard in the paint.''

Junior Zach Hall (6-3) - a forward - is back for his second season as a starter after a knee injury forced him to miss most of the second half of last year.

''He's gotten stronger and his speed and athleticism are back and that earned him a starting spot last year,'' Clutter said.

Logan Routt rounds out the returnees. Routt, the sophomore who had an outstanding season quarterbacking Jim Rogers' football team, will be counted on as a major inside presence.

Juniors in the mix are Shane Williams (6-0, guard/forward), Austin Pegg (6-1, forward), Skylar Canas (5-8, guard), Dillon Coulter (5-7, guard) and Joey Yoho (6-0, forward).

Dustin Cook (5-9, guard), Derek Martin (5-8, guard/forward), Clayton Ward (6-1, forward) and Quinton Burge (5-5, guard) comprise the sophomores.

Wyatt Mackey (5-9, forward), Ryan Clutter (5-8, guard) and Cole Clutter (5-8, guard) are the freshmen.

Clutter is assisted by Eric James, Zach Robertson and Tom Hart.

Former assistant Roger Cain is coaching the Dragons girls.

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