MINERVA - The Mountaineers are recovering from the loss of three solid players and starting seniors. They also will be under the direction of a new coach Steve McNally who made the move after seven years with the girls varsity at Minerva\Newcomb.
Last year, the Mountaineers were 8-11. Graduation took starting center Kevin Yandon, who led the team on both sides of the court and received first team all-star honors. They will also miss Chris Kellog - arguably one of the quickest guards in the league as well as starting forward Devin Tokarz.
McNally will look to his two seniors to carry the young squad. Forwards Jesse Montanye and Brandon Poulton have the potential to lead in scoring and are also aggressive defenders.
Fellow forward Roger Kelly - a junior, will join Montanye and Poulton on the starting line. Junior guard Tatsuki Miyazato and sophomore guards Morgan Winslow and Dylan Saville will also rotate on the starting line.
Junior forward Chi Ueawiriyanukan and junior guard Jonas Urwyler will come off the bench. Sophomore guard Chris O'Connor, sophomore forwards Shane LaFond and Ben Fish, and freshman forward John LaBracque will also see playing time off the bench.
McNally explained that it is a teaching year and hopes to give each player court time.
"They are all going to see playing time," he said.
He expects Indian Lake/Long Lake to be the leaders in the league and for Johnsburg to give them some good competition for the league title.
Despite a slow start, McNally has confidence in his team. "I am very happy with the way they are practicing," he said. "They are giving a lot of effort and that effort will pay off."
Minerva\Newcomb Varsity Boys Basketball
Jesse Montanye Senior Forward
Brandon Poulton Senior Forward
Roger Kelly Junior Forward
Tatsuki Miyazato Junior Guard