Washington County Boys Basketball Preview
Questions ready to be answered on the hardwood
Washington County Preps Previews
The new boys basketball season brings on new questions, some that might be more difficult to answer than last year.
Which team, public or private, has the skill, balance and intangibles to win a league title?
Can Washington County get a repeat of long postseason runs that it had last season?
With only two All-County first-teamers back in the fold, who will elevate himself as the star among stars?
Williamsport and South Hagerstown shared the MVAL Antietam Conference title with 12-2 records on the way to the state finals. North Hagerstown was one game back. Will other teams challenge this season?
Broadfording Christian and Heritage Academy shared the Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular-season title. Will that be the case again?
Second-year coach Skip Chambers has a brighter outlook this season than he did one year ago.
“We had some kids playing summer basketball,” he said. “We’re building a new program and we are so much further ahead this year. We’ll be better than last year.”
The Warriors went 4-19 last year, and over the last four years they have gone 14-78 — matching the win total from their 14-9 season in 2006-07.
Back for the Warriors are 5-foot-9 senior guard Justin Lewis and 6-4 seniors Nathan Hardy and Eric Bitner. Caleb Jardeleza saw plenty of action last season and the Warriors will have 6-4 Aaron Miranda and 6-2 Riley Stephenson, a transfer from South Hagerstown.
Lewis received All-County honorable mention last year, averaging 9.2 points.
“We are small, but we want to be competitive by getting after people,” said Chambers. “Can we do that without giving up easy things? I don’t know. But we’ll have 10-12 kids that I expect to contribute.”
Another MDCC season, another tough non-conference schedule. Burnie Clutz wouldn’t have it any other way.
Williamsport, Goretti, Musselman ... those teams and more are on the Lions’ slate.
With three straight years of 20-plus wins, the Lions will be challenged to reach that mark again. But Clutz, in his eighth year, is optimistic.
“I am excited and I think our starting five matches well with anyone,” said Clutz. “We’re seven deep and we will run, run, run. There won’t be a dry shirt at the end of the game.”
Mo Sallah, a 6-7 junior, returns with an additional 25 pounds on his frame, but is still a lean 195 pounds. Others returning are 6-5 junior Ben Cradduck, 5-10 sophomore Moni Anderson and 5-10 senior T.J. Campagna. Cisco Silva, a 5-11 guard, has transferred in for this season.