INDIAN LAKE - The Orange will rely on returning experience from starting seniors to make them one of the teams to beat in the southern division this year.
This season marks Jim Zulo's 35th year coaching and his fourth year with this Orange team.
Last years team turned in a winning record of 15-4, but also graduated two strong players. Jeff Reynolds led the team from point guard and 6-foot 2-inch forward Jordan Monthony was a scoring and rebounding force in the paint.
Zulo believes, however, he has several players who can step up and fill in the spaces. He will stack his starting line with four seniors including 6-foot 2-inch forward Kris Bain and guard Zach Mitchell. Senior Jordan Wallace will step up to point guard and fellow senior Ben Black will join at forward. Matt Rausch, a 6-foot 2-inch junior center will move to the starting line.
Seniors Jesse Benton and Jake Wells will come off the bench along with junior Steven Pitcher, sophomore Zack Ruland and freshmen Collin Farrell and Matt Moore.
"We bring good experience from last year and great scoring potential," said Zulo.
He expects Bain and Mitchell to dominate the scoring efforts and Wallace to step up as a team leader at point guard.
"I expect we will compete with Johnsburg for the league," said Zulo. "We will also compare favorably with the rest of the teams in our division."
Zulo acknowledges Johnsburg as a tough competitor and Westport should give them a tough test. He is eager to get the season under way.
"We have a strong team this year and I have confidence in each of my players - especially the starting seniors," he said.
Indian Lake/Long Lake Varsity Boys Basketball
Kris Bain Senior Forward
Zach Mitchell Senior Guard
Jordan Wallace Senior Point Guard