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Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

CARDINAL MOONEY

Conference: Independent

2011-12 record: 7-13.

Coach: Brian Danilov, first season.

Projected starters: Doug Caputo, Anthony Filo, Christian Creighton, George LeFlore, Donte Spurio.

Other players: Ross Lanzo, Joey Kleeh, Timmy Durkin, Marcus Penza, Mark Handel, Kyle Gallagher, Joe Cunningham, Danny martin, Ronnie Quaranta.

Outlook: Mooney graduated just two seniors, but it still lacks varsity experience. The Cardinals pride themselves on an efficient offense with little turnovers and consistent shooting.

EAST

Conference: Independent

2011-12 record: 15-7.

Coach: Dennis Simmons, first season.

Projected starters: Deontay Scott, senior, 6-4; Marquis Cotton, junior 5-10; Terrell McClain, junior, 6-4; Taylor Johnson, senior, 6-1; Jarell Gadson, senior, 6-3.

Other players: Jamir Jumphrey, senior, 6-4; DeAndre Smith, senior, 6-4; Patrick Johnson, senior, 6-2; Joe Ingram, senior, 5-10; Anthony Reid, junior, 6-0; Jalen Hooper, senior, 5-9; Rashaun Boykin, junior, 6-0.

Outlook: The Panthers can build on one of their best seasons in program history. Experience returns and Scott has potential to be a top player in the area.

HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN

Conference: Independent

2011-12 record: 4-17.

Coach: Andrew Bobulik, second season, 4-17

Projected starters: Jared Robinson, junior, 6-4; Glenn Hoffman, sophomore, 6-1; Brandon Crawford, senior, 6-2; Kyle Burgess, senior, 6-2; Durant Winnale, junior, 5-11.

Other players: Matt Baker, junior, 6-0; Kaleb House, junior, 6-1; Joel Sirota, sophomore, 6-1; Nate Summors, freshman 5-9; Vince Trevino, freshman, 6-0; Steven Lee, freshman, 6-0; Ben Taylo, freshman, 6-5.

URSULINE

Conference: Independent

2011-12 record: 12-11.

Coach: Keith Gunther, 10th season.

Projected starters: Chris Gunther, senior, 5-8; Preston Williams, senior, 5-10; Ryan Strollo, senior, 6-1; Jeremy Roscoe, senior, 6-0; Kevin Jackson, senior, 6-4.

Other players: Desmond McElroy, junior, 5-10; Khallid Pierce, senior, 6-1; Mark Hughes, sophomore, 5-10; Ben Phillips, sophomore, 6-0; Greg Parella, freshman, 5-8; David Collins, freshman, 5-8; Brett Maszczak, freshman, 5-8.

Outlook: The Irish play a tough out-of-conference schedule in an attempt for a deeper run in the district tournament. They’re a deep team with a 10-man rotation. A fierce, in-your-face defense is the key to their success.

YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN

Conference: Independent

2011-12 record: 12-8.

Coach: Dolph Carroll, fifth season, 82-33.

Projected starters: Daylen Williams, senior; Jayquan Yanno, senior; Seth McMillan, senior; Nick Gonda, senior; Ben Crouch.

Other players: Tymere DuBose, junior; KaeVon Green, junior; Darien Townsend; junior; Rayshan Bell, junior; Ryan Houston, sophomore; Paris Bennett, junior; Robert Thompson, junior.

Outlook: Depth and speed are the biggest strengths for Youngstown Christian. It is a senior-laden club with experience of playing a tough schedule.

Staff report


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