WARRENSBURG-Not long after the Burgher boys basketball team's 2010-11 season ended Feb. 23 dramatically at the hands of Cambridge High, coach Steve Nolan and his assistant started focusing on the upcoming year.
Nolan said March 5 he is pleased with this season, but he's now looking forward.
"We did a little better than I anticipated," Nolan said about the Burghers' 9-10 season in the highly competitive Adirondack league. "We had good kids with talent."
Five core members of the team will be graduating in June - Ryan Belden, John Joseph, Mike Curtis, Nick Monroe and Aaron Seeley - but that doesn't mean the Burghers will be starting from scratch.
The 2011-2012 Burghers have some promising players: the talented ball handler Hunter Werner, a junior, who will be assisted by his classmates, the athletic Tyler Williams, Cory Chadwell and solid Gabe MicGlire, along with sophomores Tyler Wilcox and Adam Langworthy.
In the background most of the 2010-11 season, Cory Chadwell charged to prominence two weeks ago in the Burghers' final game of the year.
Burgher senior standout Ryan Belden was off the roster due to injury, and Chadwell stepped into his shoes - in a big way.
In that Section II Class C opener against Cambridge - while the Indians' defenders were focusing on the other Burger sharpshooters - Chadwell sunk the most points for the Burghers.
Although they were out-gunned by the Cambridge team, which was on fire for the Sectionals to such an extent, they knocked off top-seed Argyle.
The lineup of athletic Warrensburg juniors on the boys basketball team will be assisted by two sophomores, drafted into Varsity for the last few matchups.
Sophomores Tyler Wilcox and Adam Langworthy showed off their substantial abilities in a scrimmage against Bolton, Nolan added.
"Hopefully with our players stepping forward at the end of the season, they learned they had the capability of playing hard at the varsity level," he said.