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Basketball Preview 2016

Things Won’t Change for Bears

By MIKE MATHISON NEW MANCHESTER — Things won’t change much for the Oak Glen boys’ basketball team this year. Run, defense, jumpers, movement and 3-pointers. “We are looking forward to an exciting year,” coach Jerry Everly said. “Our players put in a successful summer ...

Everything New for Tucker, Knights

By MIKE MATHISON TORONTO — The Toronto boys’ basketball team will have a new look this year. New coach, attitude, look and approach. “The boys realize we are going to be patient with them in this transition of programs as they are learning a completely different style of ...

Tarquinio in at SCC

By MIKE MATHISON STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Catholic Central boys’ basketball team is under new direction for the first time in nine years. Chris Tarquinio leads the Crusaders and he has four seniors to lean on in Jake Bolger, Lucca DiMichele, Austin Fowkes and Nate ...

Reeves Leads Tall Big Red Squad

By MIKE MATHISON STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville boys’ basketball team is fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance and has a lot of experience back in uniform. But a lot of that experience is on the football team and it will take some time for their basketball legs to be in ...

Plenty of Changes in Steubenville

By MIKE MATHISON STEUBENVILLE – Life is a different for the Steubenville girls’ basketball team this season. Gone are six graduated seniors and a ton of experience. “We will start the season as an inexperienced team with only one returning letterwinner, Rhiannon Petrisko, ...

Madonna Has 10 Seniors

By MIKE MATHISON WEIRTON — The Madonna boys’ basketball team has as much experience as any team in the area, returning all five starters and most of the players coming off the bench. The Blue Dons have 10 seniors and are coming off a 12-11 season with eight losses coming against ...

SCC Returns 9 Letterwinners

By MIKE MATHISON STEUBENVILLE — Jess Looman is looking at the most experienced girls’ basketball team she’s coached in her three years at Steubenville Catholic Central. The Crusaders return nine letterwinners. “We are looking forward to having a successful season,” she ...

Numbers Rising at Weir

By MIKE MATHISON WEIRTON — Now that the system is installed, second-year Weir girls’ basketball coach Rick Stead can begin working on other things. “You can definitely say that we are a young team,” Stead said. “We are going to continue our efforts to push the ball up and ...

Lots of Questions for Granato, Riders

By MIKE MATHISON WEIRTON — Things will look a lot different for coach Mike Granato and the Weir High boys’ basketball team. “The preseason started out in a difficult manner with the loss of both Cam Pierce and Cody Enrietti with leg injuries during football, which will keep them ...

Harkness, Bulldogs Must Replace Kroll

By KIM NORTH BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport girls’ program has been one of the top small school units in the past decade, but the Bulldogs will have an entirely new look this season under first-year head coach Greg Harkness, who takes over for Rob Zitzelsberger. Gone is the ...

Bridgeport Looks For Better Results

By KIM NORTH BRIDGEPORT — To say Bridgeport has had better seasons than the Bulldogs logged last winter would be a correct statement. A program steeped with tradition only won two games a year ago. However, it was ravaged by graduation the campaign before and only had one returning ...

Cameron Poised To Make a Run

By CODY TOMER CAMERON — It was a tough end to the 2015-2016 season for the Cameron girls’ team but with the majority of its players returning this year, the Dragons are poised to make a run in the postseason. In a sectional contest with Weirton Madonna last season, the Dragons ...

Dragons Hope To Continue Success

By CODY TOMER CAMERON — Times are good at Cameron after the Dragons football team just completed their first unbeaten regular season since 1999. First-year boys’ basketball coach Tom Hart looks to pick up where football coach Scott Holt left off, by using a talented and athletic roster ...

Plenty of Spots Open for Fighting Irish Girls

By SETH STASKEY BELLAIRE — There have been a few times during the summer and even into the preseason where veteran St. John Central girls’ basketball coach Robert “Bubba” Kapral has found himself looking around wondering if and when the likes of Marissa Rose, Lindsey Froehlich and ...

Paden City Hit Hard by Graduation

By CODY TOMER PADEN CITY — Graduation hit Paden City hard as four of its top six players are no longer with the program but 15-year boys’ head coach Fred King believes that two of the young men remaining can take control of the team and lead them to victory. Center Luke Cooper, ...

Wildcats Hoping for Big Turnaround

By CODY TOMER PADEN CITY —The Wildcats are coming off a 5-18 record during the 2015- 2016 season and three-year head coach Alan Miller believes that this year will be a season of working hard, learning and improving for the Paden City girls’ team. “I think that this year can be ...

Graduation Hits BL

By RICK DeLUCA CONNORVILLE — Greg Haberfield has been one of those patient coaches that just keeps his head up and keeps moving. Although winning just 15 times in three years at Buckeye Local, the Panthers coach has learned one thing. Quitting is not an option. Haberfield ...

St. John Gets Some Stability

By BUBBA KAPRAL BELLAIRE — Coaching continuity. Two years may not seem like much, but it does with the St. John Central boys’ basketball program. SJC has been through a dozen head boys’ coaches the past two decades. So with Matt Heusel returning for a second-year at the Fighting ...

Dons Have Shoes to Fill

By MIKE MATHISON WEIRTON - Life has changed for the Weirton Madonna girls’ basketball team. The Blue Dons lost Monica Bragg, Katie Lammers and Mikaela Lenhart to graduation off a team that went 18-9 and made it to the West Virginia Class A state tournament, where they lost in the ...

Buckeye Local Focusing on Defense

By RICK DeLUCA CONNORVILLE — It would seem that lately scoring points hasn’t been much of a problem for Coach Tom Figurski and his Panthers at Buckeye Local. After all, the school career scoring record has been topped in each of the past two years and his squad returns a sophomore ...