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Ti must rebound from late hoop start

TICONDEROGA Ticonderogas football success has created a dilemma for its boys basketball team. Because the Sentinels reached the state championship game in football Nov. 23, the basketball team has had virtually no meaningful pre-season practice seven members of the 12-man roster were also on the football squad. That lack of practice showed as Ti lost two games in the North Hudson American Legion Tip-Off Tournament last week. The Sentinels lost to Corinth, 54-34, with only six players in the first round and fell to Lake George, 53-39, in the consolation game. Ticonderoga returns five players from a year ago. Back on the roster are guards Evan Glading and Dan Steitz and forwards Steven Lenhart, Hunter Denno and Matt Streeter. These players did get some experience through playing time but besides Matt Streeter no one returning got a significant amount of playing time so our experience is going to be a challenge we must overcome, Coach Dan Dorsett said. Newcomers to the team are guards Jake Taylor, John Molina, Anthony Barnao and Josh Demarais along with forwards Jesse Clark, Jake Kelly and Kris Wilson. Our newcomers are talented coming of a 19-1 record on the JV level but are still unproven at the varsity level, Dorsett said. Last winter the Sentinels failed to win the Section VII Class C championship. Thats something they would to change in 2007-08. Our size and depth are solid, but we have a lot of work to do as we are getting a slow start due to our football success, Dorsett said. Last year was the first time in three years we did not win the Class C Section VII title and our goal is to get back to that level. Sentinel schedule Dec. 6.........at Seton Dec. 11.......NAC Dec. 14.......at Moriah Dec. 18.......at Peru Dec. 20.......NCCS Dec. 27.......Lake George Tournament Dec. 28.......Lake George Tournament Jan. 8..........Lake Placid Jan. 12........Saranac at SUNY-Plattsburgh Jan. 16.........at AVCS Jan. 18.........at Beekmantown Jan. 25........Seton Jan. 30........Plattsburgh Feb. 1.........at NAC Feb. 6.........at Saranac Lake Feb. 8.........Moriah Feb. 13........at Lake Placid Feb. 15........AVCS

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