BOLTON LANDING - It's likely to be an exciting season for the Bolton Central Varsity Boys Basketball team, as the Eagles' squad has experience, height and talent on board.
Coach Steve Showers, returning to mentor the group after a year off, said this week he is excited about the prospects of the 2010-11 squad.
The team is anchored by the experienced Senior Matthew Smith at 6'5" backed up by talented veterans Tyler Calzada, Caleb Kneeshaw and Andy Smith - all Seniors - plus Juniors Mitchell Jordan, Todd Markham, Nathan Breault, Evan Malone and CeeJay Lofland.
Plus, there's Sophomore Billy Smith who was playing Varsity as an 8th grader, accompanied by a classmate - yet another Smith - Dustin.
Showers said his squad has speed, rebounding, steely defense, and savvy offense this year despite graduating three stellar players: Dom Pfau, Matt Peterson and Dan Brown.
"We have talent; we've got a good core group that's been playing together for years," he said. "It's just getting the chemistry factor together at this point.
The players are recalling the plays and strategies from two years ago when Showers last coached, he said.
Not only does Matthew Smith provide valuable height, but others will be just as pivotal, he said.
"Mitchell is strong under the glass, Caleb is smart with good basketball sense, playing good defense," he said. "Todd Markham is quicker than a hiccup, and Billy is a great player who keeps progressing."
The team has some obstacles to overcome, however. Caleb Kneeshaw, a veteran with considerable talent, broke his hand in soccer and he's on the mend. Also, Mitchell separated his shoulder in soccer.
The season starts Friday Dec. 3 in Hartford, for a special Coaches against Cancer tournament.
Unfortunately, both Bolton Central basketball teams won't be playing in any league this year, due to a communication breakdown during pre-season that lead to the Adirondack and MVAC league schedules being formed without the Eagles in mind.