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Published: Sun, December 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH

Conference: All-American Conference American Division

2011-12 record: 11-10

Coach: Brian Beany, second season, 11-10

Projected starters: Jessie Driver, junior, 5-11; Gabe Chepke, junior, 6-0; Kyle Moore, senior, 5-11; Alex Difrancesco, junior, 6-4; Quincy Higgins, junior, 6-0.

Other players: Austin Hogan, junior, 6-1; Curtis Beverly, senior, 6-4; Anthony Pangio, freshman, 6-4.

Outlook: The Falcons return two letterwinners (Difrancesco and Driver). The team’s strength is versatility and athletic ability. Fitch lacks varsity experience, due to the departure of six seniors.

HUBBARD

Conference: All-American Conference American Division

2011-12 record: 4-17

Coach: Rick Fox, eighth season, 79-72

Projected starters: Jordan Thomson, senior, 6-0; Larry Minotti, senior, 6-0; Darnell Tate, junior, 6-1; Gregg Santullo, senior, 6-2; Ryan Angelo, senior, 5-9.

Other players: Aaron Loveless, senior, 6-1; Cole Bencetic, junior, 6-1, Irvin Nasserii, junior, 6-2; Chris Vadala, senior, 6-0; Isiah Scott, sophomore, 6-3.

Outlook: Wanting to improve on a dismal 2011-12 campaign, the Eagles return a wealth of experience and can make noise in the division. Jordan Thompson (6.3 ppg) is the team’s leading scorer.

NILES

Conference: All-American Conference American Division

2011-12 record: 3-18

Coach: Ron Price, seveth season, 84-71

Projected starters: Ray Russ, senior, 5-8; Kymone Gamble, senior, 5-8; James Tate, junior, 6-0; Kyle Paden, junior, 6-2; Chris Parry, junior, 5-9.

Other players: Jimmy Mullen, junior, 6-3; Nick Sanchez, junior, 6-2; Justin Lopes, junior, 6-1; Muhammed Salaam, sophomore, 5-9; Marcus Hill, junior, 6-0; John Cicero, junior, 5-10; Leonard Bryant, sophomore, 5-8; Lennell Smith, sophomore, 6-2.

Outlook: Niles plans to play hard to improve on a dismal record form a year ago. Quickness is a strength, but inexperience is a weakness with Ray Russ the only returning starter. The Red Dragons also lack size.

POLAND

Conference: All-American Conference American Division

2011-12 record: 17-6

Coach: Ken Grisdale, 20th season, 322-121

Projected starters: Kevin White, senior, 5-6; Jacob Roemer, junior, 5-11; George Chammas, junior, 6-0; Jacob Wolfe, junior, 6-4; Alex Hubbell, senior, 6-1.

Other players: Nick Andrews, senior, 6-1; Troy Bole, senior, 6-3; Mario Bouchedid, senior, 6-0; Ryan Burke, senior, 5-11, Steven Andrews, junior, 5-7; Nick Gajdos, sophomore, 5-7.

Outlook: Poland ushers in a strong senior class with a deep bench. It has great team-chemistry with an unselfish attitude.

League projection: Grisdale says the league title is up for grabs.

CAMPBELL

Conference: All-American Conference National Division

2011-12 record: 3-18

Coach: Michael Szenborn, first season

Projected starters: Ilias Frangopoulos, senior, 5-8; George Billris, sophomore, 6-0; Edgar Toledo, sophomore, 5-6; Baron Clinkscale, junior, 6-0; Jaylell Shorter, junior, 6-4.

Other players: Charles Smith, senior, 5-10; Ryan Stubbara, senior, 5-10; Aaron Jackson, sophomore, 5-10; D.J. Harrison, junior, 5-10; Jeremy Vazques, senior, 6-1.

Outlook: With just one senior in the starting lineup, Campbell is short on experience and size. Jaylell Shorter is strong inside, but the wing players average 5-foot-7.

CHAMPION

Conference: All-American Conference National Division

2011-12 record: 5-15

Coach: Doug Foster, second season, 5-15

Projected starters: Clay Hall, senior, 6-4, Chris Miller, sophomore, 6-0, Tyler Bishop, senior, 6-1; Ross Linger, senior, 5-9; Eric Sindledecker, senior, 5-9.

Other players: Nick Mackey, junior, 5-9, Adam Headrick, senior, 6-3; Ryan Simsa, senior, 6-3; Tyler Skelton, senior, 6-0; Dustin Starr, junior, 6-4; Dakota Tidd, junior, 6-2.

Outlook: Outside shooting and a strong work ethic are the Golden Flashes’ claim to fame. Rebounding will be a key to success.

League projection: “We can compete if we play hard and disciplined,” Foster says. He projects LaBrae as the top team.

GIRARD

Conference: All-American Conference National Division

Coach: Craig Hannon, first year

2011-12 record: 9-13

Projected starters: Craig Randall Jr., sophomore, 6-0; Jim Standohar, junior, 5-8; Korri Maynard, junior, 5-8; Evan Standohar, junior, 5-11; John Norman, senior, 6-0.

Other players: Evan DelBene, senior, 5-7; Vinny Maderitz, junior, 6-0; Dylan O’Hara, sophomore, 6-0; Collin Cramer, sophomore, 5-6; Tyler Alejars, senior, 5-10; Tyler Kilbourne, sophomore, 6-0.

Outlook: The Indians have good ball-handlers and aggressive guards. Since they present a small lineup, they’re hard to match up with. Girard will be adjusting to a new system under a new coach.

League projection: Hannon has LaBrae and Liberty as the league’s top two teams.

LABRAE

Conference: All-American Conference National Division

2011-12 record: 22-1

Coach: Chad Kiser, sixth season, 90-45

Projected starters: Peyton Aldridge, junior, 6-7; John Richards, senior, 6-0; Nate Middleton, senior, 6-0; Carl Brown, senior, 5-10; Paul Zigmont, senior, 6-2.

Other players: Kenny Hall, senior, 6-3; Chris Clevenger, senior, 5-9; Marcell Richardson, junior, 6-2; Tyler Shiamone, senior, 5-10; Justin Jenkins, sophomore, 5-10; Blake Sprague, junior, 6-0.

Outlook: Returning five lettermen from last year’s league champion, undefeated regular season team, LaBrae will be one of the toughest teams in the area. Peyton Aldridge is the leading scorer and All-Ohio nominee.

League projection: Kiser lists LaBrae as the top team with Lakeview and Newton Falls listed behind.

LAKEVIEW

Conference: All-American Conference National Division

2011-12 record: 11-10

Coach: Craig Mild, first season

Projected starters: Brandon Bensing, senior, 6-1; Erich Schmitt, senior, 6-2; Drew Bell, senior, 6-5; Justin Journey, junior, 5-9; Jake Pishotti, junior, 5-9.

Other players: Tyler Gilmore, junior, 5-9; Joseph Mills, junior, 5-11; David Vine, junior; Jake Rosowicz, junior, 5-11; Chris Romano, sophomore, 5-10; Andrew Grove, sophomore, 5-10; Ryan Pishotti, sophomore, 6-1; Tom Bell, sophomore, 6-4; Dylan Brown, sophomore, 5-8; Angelo Marino, freshman, 5-10.

Outlook: The Bulldogs are a strong deep with depth and height. Four players stand at least 6-foot-2 and they return four lettermen.


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