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Panther boys to rely on height, speed

By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com

CROWN POINT - Boasting the biggest player in the area, the Crown Point boys basketball team has size. What may surprise rivals is the Panthers' speed.

"We have some size, but we are very, very fast," Coach Randy Mandy said. "We have 11 players on our team this year. All will be counted on to step up."

John Eric Budwick led Crown Point to a 12-6 overall and 8-3 Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference record last winter. The 6-foot-8 center is back along with his 18.2 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists a game.

The Panthers will also have an experienced backcourt. Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus, Cody Wayman and Max Mesones all return at guard. They're joined by rookie Caleb McGuiness.

At forward are newcomers Juan Mosquera, Nate Tabor, Doug Marshall, Jeff Clarke and Tanner Macey.

The new players were the nucleus of a modified team that went 16-0 last season.

"John (Budwick) will be asked to do a lot," Mandy acknowledged. "Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus and Cody Wayman will be counted on to have a good year. Max Mesones has a lot of hustle and is a very good defensive player."

Mosquera is a strong shooter and should make an immediate impact, Mandy said. Tabor, Marshall, Clarke, Macey and McGuiness will also contribute, the coach said.

"We look forward to another great season," Mandy said.

Assisting Mandy with the coaching duties is John Budwick Sr.

Panther schedule

Dec. 1...at Keene

Dec. 3...Willsboro

Dec. 4...Moriah Tournament

Dec. 5...Moriah Tournament

Dec. 11...at Bolton

Dec. 15...at Schroon Lake

Dec. 17...Wells

Jan. 6..at Willsboro

Jan. 13...at Westport

Jan. 15...at ELCS

Jan. 19...Minerva-Newcomb

Jan. 21...Indian-Long Lake

Feb. 3...at Chazy

Feb. 5...Johnsburg

Jan. 29...Lake Placid

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