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Boys basketball preview: Different look across state

St. John Neumann, with Kevin Anderson at right, and Sullivan County, with John Saxe at left, are both in the new PIAA Class A, the smallest classification.

By CHRIS MASSE

cmasse@sungazette.com

Sullivan County might finally have a more level playing field if it reaches the Class A state tournament again. Well, let’s not get carried away. A small public school competing in a predominantly driven private school classification always has the odds stacked against it, but Sullivan and other public schools like it have a better chance now.

Sullivan has become a District 4 powerhouse the last six seasons, reaching states five times, winning a district title and winning a state playoff game three straight times from 2012-14. But every time, Sullivan reached the second round it met Philadelphia powers Math Civics and Sciences or now defunct but 2013 state champion Vaux. Philadelphia schools who were Class AAAA programs disguised as Class A also ended St. John Neumann state runs from 2012-15.

The move from four to six classifications, however, has bumped MCS and Constitution to Class AA. Sankofa Academy remains tough, but at least there is more realistic chances for hard-working and talented schools like Sullivan that pull from four corners of their small town and not four corners of the country to make deep state tournament runs. Until the PIAA creates equal rules for public and private schools or separates the two the publics always will be fighting an uphill battle, but at least this is a start.

Speaking of Sullivan, it is part of a loaded District 4 field that includes four-time defending champion Neumann, Lourdes and Millville to name a few. Sullivan might have a chance to make a move if it reaches states, but getting there will be a tough task.

Dr. Masse’s

Preseason Top Five

(last year’s record in parentheses)

1. Williamsport (15-9): The Millionaires could have a tough time holding this ranking between the district’s toughest schedule and some question marks. Depth is a major concern for a team that peaked at the perfect time last season and reached the District 2-4 Class AAAA championship. The Millionaires, though, have some tremendous building blocks led by Stanley Scott who nearly earned all-state honors last year and can do a bit of everything.

Scott, versatile Qayyim Ali and Rondell Carson all started or played big-time minutes last season. Ali is one of the best athletes in the district and if he just seemed to scratch the surface of what he can do last year. Ali and Carson are not the tallest players, but they are tenacious under the basket and provide strong rebounding and defense.

The return of point guard Malik Washington could provide a huge boost. Finding a perimeter threat will be crucial as will be replacing three-year starting point guard Nyric Gosley who already is playing well collegiately. Sophomore Marcus Simmons could help fill that void and played well in limited minutes down the stretch last year.

Williamsport opens with state power Reading and also has games against Abington Heights, Scranton Prep, Pottsville, Lancaster McCaskey, Harrisburg and State College among others. If a promising young core of players can build off its JV success, Williamsport certainly has a shot to win the inaugural District 2-4 Class AAAAAA tournament that will include Hazleton, Delaware Valley and Scranton.

2. Loyalsock (11-12): Not only does Loyalsock return all its starters and all but one player from last year’s team, but it also receives a huge lift with Marcus Williams, Michael LaPoint and Anthony Pastore returning from injuries. All three were projected to start and/or play a lot last year before the preseason injuries. Combine that with an excellent core of players that made big strides as last season progressed and Loyalsock could be one of the district’s deepest and most talented teams.

Williams and LaPoint were key reserves on the 2014 Class AA state semifinalist while sophomore Gerald Ross blossomed into a terrific all-around player last season. Ross was a consistent double-double threat and had 20 points, six rebounds and three steals in a key late-season win at state qualifier Hughesville. Andrew Malone, Joey Worth, Andrew Muggleton, Hunter Webb and Connor Watkins all had some big moments too, giving Loyalsock a nice blend of size, toughness, shooting and speed. Colin Graver, Mitch Klingerman and Derek Gee provide even more depth and could be poised for breakout years as well.

Loyalsock made a late push last year to reach districts and received some valuable big-game experience that should help it as it navigates a Class AAA field that is one of the district’s best. It will be interesting seeing how the returning players from injury mesh with those who played all last year. Developing chemistry will be key, but having so many capable contributors is a problem any coach would likely gladly accept.

3. St. John Neumann (24-1): Had first team all-state guard Kevin Anderson not suffered a first-quarter concussion in last year’s state tournament opener against Shenandoah Valley it is not hard envisioning Neumann having made a deep run again. The task now is replacing three outstanding starters who helped Neumann win 105 games, four district championships and six state tournament games the past four seasons. Anderson, who has signed to play for Delaware next winter, is one of the state’s most complete players at any classification and helps ease the loss of those three starters. So too does the continued emergence of Jaiden Lynch who shined in his first year starting last year and who shoots well, plays strong defense, attacks the basket and sees the court well.

Defenses will be focused on slowing those two standout players so the biggest challenge facing Neumann is developing other threats. The Knights appear capable of doing so and enjoyed a successful offseason. Jaiden Cioffi is a player who could take a major step forward. He offered a glimpse of what he can do in that Shenandoah Valley game, playing well off the bench after Anderson was injured. Keep an eye on Noah Persun who was solid off the bench as well.

Neumann has won 67 straight regular-season games, but that streak likely will end this season. That is not a bad thing either since the schedule includes tough games against teams like York Country Day, Lewisburg, Owen J. Roberts and North Penn-Mansfield, to name a few. All those games will prepare Neumann well for the postseason.

4. Wellsboro (17-9): The Green Hornets have been one of District 4’s most consistent winners over the last five seasons and have won at least a share of the NTL-I championship each season during that run. They also have reached three of the last four District 4 Class AA championships and could be a tough out in the newly-formed AAA field.

Wellsboro returns all but one starter from last year’s team that showcased quality depth. Jacob Singer, Dalton Prough and Quinn Henry all averaged in double figures throughout most of the season and return as do starters Brandon Lamphier and Alden Weiner. Nic Ingerick and Collin Pietropola played especially well off the bench last year and also are back.

Sophomore Andrew Brelo also could be poised for a strong season. Wellsboro made nice strides throughout last season and defeated Central Columbia in the district semifinals while also rallying to earn a share of its fifth straight league title. Coach Todd Outman consistently has Wellsboro playing its best when it matters most and the Hornets combine balanced scoring with tough defense. The Hornets also play a good non-conference schedule that helps it grow and that continues this year with games at the Shamokin Tip-off Tournament, Jersey Shore, Lewisburg and Neumann.

5. Sullivan County (22-5): The Griffins made a 12-win improvement last season, capturing the HAC-III title and going undefeated during the league campaign while also finishing third in District 4 and again reaching states. Sullivan must replace versatile defensive stopper Miguel Rodriguez and second-leading scorer Lucas Shultz, but has an outstanding nucleus returning from a team that topped 20 wins for a fifth time in six years. Three-year starting guard John Saxe is a potential all-state candidate and had a big sophomore season, earning first team HAC-III honors. Jon and Jordan Pedro are a nice tandem while Alex Baumunk and Taylor Baldwin each were key to last season’s success and provide a nice inside-outside combination. Coach Glenn Vaughan and his staff have built an excellent program around stifling defense.

Even when the Griffins struggle offensively, that defense gives it a shot to win any game. Sullivan is a tough-minded team as well and that helped it rally for several wins last year, including a 45-44 thriller over Class AA state qualifier Hughesville.

The Best of the Rest

(arranged in alphabetical order)

Bucktail (11-12): The Bucks won seven of their last nine regular-season games to make the playoffs last season, but have to replace their leading scorers. Still, this is a program that has performed well against long odds throughout the 2010s.

Canton (3-19): The Warriors look like a potential sleeper team. Leading scorers Ridge Moore and Byron Matthews both return and the Warriors were more competitive than the previous few years in 2016. This is a team trending upward.

Central Mountain (13-10): The Wildcats bring back three of last year’s top five scorers and could be a factor in the newly-formed District 6-9 Class AAAAA field. Kyle Everhart averaged 13 points last year and Brody Baker and Wyatt Bumbarger are coming off strong seasons, too.

Cowanesque Valley (21-6): The Indians are coming off one of the best seasons in program history, reaching their first district championship since 1989. CV reached states for the first time since 1998, but must replace two 1,000-point scorers and three starters from last year’s NTL-II champion. Colton Vinluan returns after averaging nearly 13 points per game and provides a good foundation to build around.

Galeton (6-16): One of the area’s youngest teams, Galeton lost its top two scorers. Sophomores Evan Brooks, Isiah Shuemaker and Joel Griffen were Nos. 3-5 in scoring and will have to carry the load.

Hughesville (19-7): The Spartans were one of the district’s most improved teams last year, making a 12-win improvement and reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2011. Hughesville lost four starters from that team, including its leading scorer and rebounder, but the Spartans have been in positions like this before under coach Nick Tagliaferri and have come back strong. Point guard Landon Henry is a three-year starter and good leader. Taylor Mason, a 6-foot-8 center, made big strides last season and is a potential force inside. Watch out for players like Conrad Sheatler, Ryan McClain, Patrick Rogers and Matt Myers as well. They are just some of the players that could make big impacts.

Jersey Shore (8-15): The Bulldogs are a team that could be primed for a big comeback. Actually, that comeback started late last season when Jersey Shore rallied from a 2-10 start to make a surprise run to the playoffs. Jersey Shore brings back three starters and Jake Butzler is a dynamic three-year starting point guard who sets the tone on both ends of the floor. Mac Griswold led the team in scoring and had a breakout sophomore season and Luke Laubach had a huge early-season game against Midd-West. The Class AAAA field is loaded, but don’t be surprised if Jersey Shore emerges as a darkhorse threat.

Lewisburg (26-3): The Green Dragons captured their second district championship in four seasons and reached the second round of states last year but must cope with the losses of three-time all-state selection Sam Allen and 1,000-point scorer Matt Fedorjaka, both who were first team Sun-Gazette all-stars. Still, do not weep for Lewisburg. The Dragons might not dominate the way they did last year, but they remain dangerous. Sophomore Dylan Farronato, defensive stopper Adam Cole and Nate Liscum all played well last year and all started all of the time or some of the time. Farronato is a potential all-star and Lewisburg also had a strong JV team last season so the cupboard is far from bare. Do not be surprised if Lewisburg remains a title contender.

Milton (10-13): The Black Panthers were hit hard by graduation following a 2014 district championship, but came on strong toward the end of last year and rallied to reach the playoffs. Milton could be better this season with three-year starting forward Ryan Emery and versatile guard Keayon Williams returning. Emery is a consistent double-double threat who plays well inside and also can take his game outside and hurt teams with his shooting.

Montgomery (5-17): The Raiders were so close to a major breakthrough last season. Montgomery was competitive in most of its games and was a few plays from being a potential playoff team. Montgomery lost eight games by seven points or fewer. Make those little plays that decided those games and the Raiders could have a major rebound in 2017. Cameron St. James is an excellent scorer who is a tough matchup inside and outside. He was among the area’s top 10 leading scorers last year. Keith Habersham also has the potential for a big season and Montgomery could be a team to keep an eye on in Class A.

Montoursville (13-11): The Warriors made a major turnaround last season, winning eight more games, reaching the postseason in a non-open format for the first time since 2008 and winning the program’s first playoff game since 2006 by upsetting Shikellamy on its home floor in the district semifinals. The bonus for Montoursville is that most of those players are back this season, including four starters. Brycen Mussina is a four-year starter, Nate Ripley is a bull inside and a three-year starter and Noah Fagnano also is a three-year starter capable of having big games. Ethan Buirch is a potential force inside and players like Abdi Rodriguez, Luke Warnecke and Jojn McCarthy could have strong seasons as well. Montoursville has some good depth and versatility and has changed its culture, something that should help it in a stacked Class AAAA field.

Muncy (9-13): The Indians just missed reach districts last year after having to replace four starters. Muncy needs to develop depth to replace some strong contributors, but could potentially emerge as a District 4 Class A title contender. Jeff Fry and Nate Paisley form a strong backcourt and Peyton Hulyo provides versatility after starting for the first time. If the younger players quickly develop under Jason Gresh, who has quietly built a strong program, Muncy could be a tough out come playoff time.

North Penn-Liberty (3-19): The Mounties have to replace double-double starter DJ Carroll but have a solid nucleus returning. Garrett Bickhart was second on the team in scoring and rebounding and averaged in double figures. Tyler Boyer came on strong and averaged 8.5 points per game so Liberty could be ready to make an upward move.

North Penn-Mansfield (15-10): The Tigers just missed cracking the preseason top 5. NP-Mansfield is loaded, bringing back every player from last year’s 15-win team that shared the NTL-I title with Athens and Wellsboro. Brock Burleigh can be a matchup nightmare, Shane Kelly averaged a double-double inside and Mansfield is deep and experienced with good size and quality shooters. Almost all the Tigers who started and played significant minutes last year did so for the first at the varsity level. They have a taste of success and now look like one of the top contenders for a District 4 Class AA championship.

South Williamsport (4-18): No team was hit harder by graduation than South was entering last season. Still, the Mounties made good progress under first-year coach Joe Simon and now are a more experienced and talented team. Aaron Guerrisky is one of the area’s more well-rounded players and also an explosive scorer who seemingly can shoot it from anywhere on the court. Aaron Orgitano, Ashton Martin and Pat West all started last year and West could be a difference-maker inside. Keep an eye on players like Dean Seman, Isaac Hagen and Peter Sinibaldi too, as South tries to taking a big step forward.

Warrior Run (12-11): The Defenders made a major breakthrough last year, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Warrior Run then gave district finalist Wellsboro a tough quarterfinal. Warrior Run loses three starters, but Cody Rogers is one of the area’s most versatile players and has the ability to take games over. Rogers can score, shoot, attack the basket and defend well. Gage Anzulavich is a tough matchup inside and Luke Burrows and Tristan Peace both played well off the bench last season.

Williamson (5-17): The Warriors need more weapons around leading scorer Collin Heilbrun after losing two double-digit scorers from last year’s team. Heilbrun had a big season last year, averaging 14.6 points per game.

Preseason

All-Star Team

Brock Burleigh, North Penn-Mansfield: A Class A all-state selection in his first year starting, Burleigh filled up the stat sheet every time he played. A versatile 6-5 senior, Burleigh can essentially play any position and averaged 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Burleigh can shoot, attack and post up to do damage and recorded six double-doubles. Burleigh also topped 30 points four times and was a force against St. John Neumann, scoring 25 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dealing six assists. Burleigh also nearly recorded a triple-double in a win over district finalist CV.

Jeff Fry, Muncy: The senior guard has made big strides in each of his first two years starting and could be primed for his best season yet. Fry was in the hunt for the area scoring title until late last season despite frequently being double-teamed and or the focus of junk defenses. Fry averaged 18 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Fry is one of the area’s best shooters, has good vision and is a strong defender. He scored 29 or more points five times and scored a career-high 38 in a 63-58 win over Benton, hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime.

Brycen Mussina, Montoursville: Like Burleigh, Mussina poses a matchup dilemma and is one of the district’s more complete players. The 6-5 forward would be one of the favorites in a 3-point shooting contest among District 4 players, but also causes problems inside with his length and ball-handling. Mussina averaged 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last year and also improved defensively. A HAC-II first team all-star last season, Mussina is a consistent double-double threat who had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five 3-pointers in a 65-61 win at Southern Columbia.

John Saxe, Sullivan County: A first team HAC-III all-star last season, Saxe took a huge step forward and was one of the main reasons Sullivan came so far as a team. Saxe also can play multiple positions, shoots well and sees the court well. Saxe averaged 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He provides tenacious defense and never wore down despite rarely coming off the court and being the main target of opposing defenses. Saxe played well in big games too, going for 15 points and seven rebounds in a close loss to York Country in the state tournament.

Stanley Scott, Williamsport: Scott showed how talented he was during a breakthrough sophomore season. As a junior, he showed how good he is, period. Scott took the next step and evolved into one of the state’s best all-around players and leading Williamsport back to the district final. Scott is an explosive player in all aspects and averaged 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Scott became a much better defender and helped ignite a powerful transition offense. Scott also became a team leader and shined in big moments. He scored 30 points against Class AAAA state quarterfinalist Carlisle and hit game-clinching free throws against Lewisburg and State College. Scott also had 29 points, five assists and three steals in a district semifinal win over Wyoming Valley West.

Preseason Player

of the Year

Kevin Anderson, St. John Neumann: Maybe one of the best compliments one can give Anderson is that he reminds many of Neumann graduate Alize Johnson who is currently tearing it up for Division I Missouri State. Like Johnson, Anderson seemingly has no weakness in his game. The 6-4 senior can effectively play any position and sees the court as well as any District 4 player. Anderson is an explosive shooter who also is dynamic off the dribble. He helped Neumann win another district championship, averaging 20.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, four assists, 4.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game. He posted those numbers mostly in two or three quarters since Neumann routinely blew out opponents. Every opponent tried finding ways to slow Anderson, but none really did. Anderson did not care about his scoring totals and was just as happy feeding teammates and getting them involved as he was scoring himself. He consistently made defenses pay for overplaying him and again elevated his performance in the playoffs, averaging 27.3 points and 13 rebounds in three district games. Anderson has scored 1,217 career points while helping Neumann go 81-4 the past three seasons.

Second Team: Jake Butzler, Jersey Shore; Ryan Emery, Milton; Landon Henry, Hughesville; Shane Kelly, Mansfield; Jaiden Lynch, Neumann; Gerald Ross, Loyalsock; Cameron St. James, Montgomery

Bucktail

Coach: Dave Pentz

League: Mid-Penn

Last year’s record: 11-12

Roster: N/A

Canton

Coach: Brock Kitchen

Assistants: Jimmy Williams, Jason Foust

League: NTL-II

Last year’s record: 3-19

Roster: Seniors- Kobe Walker, Seth Robbins, Ridge Moore, Jeremiah McClinton, Byron Matthews, August Gum. Juniors- Bishop Walmsley, Brendan Landis, Nate Deegan, Silas Binford, Jacob Aumick. Sophomores- Trevor Paris, Jordan Yellenic, Cody Williams, Michael Smithers, Cam Route, Mason Machmer, Joe Gleckner, Zach Davy. Freshmen- Brendan Space, Keegan Wood, Kayden Williams, Adrian Spencer, Zach Rentzel, Dakota Powell, Austin Palmer, Carter Nybeck, Alex Bagley, Reese Allen.

Central Mountain

Coach: Scott Baker (15th season)

Assistants: Tyler Bardo (3rd season)

League: HAC-I

Last year’s record: 13-10

Roster: Seniors- Justin Neff, Kyle Everhart, Yash Adroja, Wyatt Bumbarger, Brody Baker, Nicolas Carpenetti. Juniors- Isaiah McCann, Matt Storeman, Addison Thomas, Tyler Adair, Trevor Hanna. Sophomores- Logan Fisher, Kyle Barner, Haden Heichel, Tanner Lavelle, J.T. Pentz, Thomas Pringle, Garrett Hagaman, Collin Jones, Jacob Skrtich.

Cowanesque Valley

Coach: Mike Vargeson

League: NTL-II

Last year’s record: 21-6

Roster: N/A

Galeton

Coach: Richard Smith

League: Independent

Last year’s record: 4-16

Roster: N/A

Hughesville

Coach: Nick Tagliaferri

Assistants: Peter Gerney, Addison Hanford, Mike Mitchell, Bob Perry, Jerry Daugherty, Brandon Fortin, Brian Duke

League: HAC-III

Last year’s record: 19-7

Roster: Seniors- Brandon Buck, Landon Henry, Cody Hooker, Ryan McClain, Malachi Savage, Conrad Sheatler. Juniors- Devon Bushor, Luke Ergott, Seth Jones, Taylor Mason, Matt Myers, Patrick Rogers, Nick Rouhoff, Ori Shaner. Sophomores- Devon Braden, Michael Brown, Tobias Harrington, Austin Long, Steve Millheim, Jarhett Potts, Isaiah Savage, Stephen Sheets, Jaret Stroup, Logan Woolcock.

Jersey Shore

Coach: Scott Munro

Assistants: Jon Boob

League: HAC-I

Last year’s record: 8-15

Roster: Seniors- Jake Butzler, Skylar Brion, Luke Laubach. Juniors- Mac Griswold, Kevin Titus, Jay Dincher, Cody Stetts, Junior Armstrong, Luke Bischof, Chase Carpenter, Jordan Boob, Hunter Frantz, Darren Stetts. Sophomores- Cameron Griffin, Aaron Best, Sean Anderson, Eli Fishel, Anthony Darby, Jalen Peitch. Freshmen- Nate Ewing, Terrence Stetts, Tanner Lorson.

Lewisburg

Coach: John Vaji

Assistants: Dirk Remensnyder, Ken Wagner, Chad Stumhofer

League: HAC-II

Last year’s record: 26-3

Roster: Seniors- Adam Cole. Juniors- Nathan Dreher, Aaron Hoover, Nate Liscum, Sam Miller. Sophomores- Darren Baidoo, Joshua Bedi, Angad Bhullar, Charles Blough, Romale Brown, Sal Brown, Drevin Doebler, Dylan Farronato, Jeremy Kreiser Jr., Brett Newcomb, Daniel Olivero Jr., David Williams, Coleman Witherite. Freshmen- Peter Lantz, Kameron Sxhreffler, Nicholas Shedleski.

Loyalsock

Coach: Ron Insinger

Assistants: Jeff Everett, Barry Boyer

League: HAC-III

Last year’s record: 11-12

Roster: Seniors- Michael LaPoint, Andrew Malone, Andrew Muggleton, Marcus Williams, Joey Worth. Juniors- Brandon Bauman, Collin Graver, Mitchell Klingerman, Hunter Webb. Sophomores- Derek Gee, Anthony Pastore, Gerald Ross, Connor Watkins.

Milton

Coach: Gene Bruno

League: HAC-I

Last year’s record: 10-13

Roster: Seniors- Ryan Emery, Keayon Williams, Drew Trate, River Mertz, Jared Cromley, Eric Wilt, Will Silva, Xavier Rodriguez. Juniors- Tony Manzano, Alex Garcia, Malachi Moseley, Jalil Garrison. Sophomores- Eric Council, Quaylin Rice, Brandon Feltman.

Montgomery

Coach: Keith Davis (1st year)

League: Mid-Penn

Last year’s record: 5-17

Roster: N/A

Montoursville

Coach: Mike Mussina

Assistants: Mark Mussina

League: HAC-II

Last year’s record: 13-11

Roster: Seniors- Ethan Buirch, Noah Fagnano, Brycen Mussina, Nate Ripley, Abdi Rogriguez-Polanco. Juniors- Jason Good, Owen Kiess, John McCarthy, Tyler Reidy, Chris Shaffer, Luke Warnecke. Sophomores- Dylan Bower, Austin Weisser. Freshmen- Austin Loe, Ediel Rodriguez-Polanco, Hunter Shearer, Jake Simms.

Muncy

Coach: Jason Gresh

League: Mid-Penn

Last year’s record: 9-13

Roster: Seniors: Jeff Fry, Peyton Hulyo, Evan Warren, Nick Paternostro; Juniors: Nathan Paisley, Jordan Yaple, Matt Coyner, Levi Messenger; Sophomores: Kyle Lenhart, Dylan Wilt, Noah Rymsza, Tyler Sampsell, Dylan Hillman, Kolby Moyer; Freshmen: Isaac Boring, Tanner Gold, Javier Little.

North Penn-Liberty

Coach: Brian Litzelman

League: NTL-II

Last year’s record: 3-19

Roster: Seniors- Drake Schmouder, Garrett Bickhart, Tyler Repard, Jarrod Davis, Tyler BoyerRandy Martin. Juniors- Luke Aldinger, Colin Schmouder, Tanner Zeafla, Deven Harer, Luke Yoder, Gunnar Rice. Sophomores- Logan Horsley, Brandyn Choplosky. Freshmen- Duncan Zeafla.

North Penn-Mansfield

Coach: Kipper Burleigh

Assistants: Carl Walker, Jeff Manikowski

League: NTL-I

Last year’s record: 15-10

Roster: Seniors- Brock Burleigh, Derrick Herbst, Shane Kelly, Justin Kling, Nate Mahonski, Konnor Manikowski, Raiden McLaughlin, Joel Whitteker. Juniors- Nick Kasper, Kipp Hillson. Sophomores- Jayden Andrews, Brent Burleigh, Garrett David, Sawyer Freeman, Dylan Meyer, Brion Smith.

South Williamsport

Coach: Joe Simon

Assistants: Rob Houseknecht, Sam Sawyer, Riley Hengler

League: HAC-III

Last year’s record: 4-18

Roster: Seniors- Aaron Guerrisky, Joe Livorno, Pat West. Juniors- Dean Seman, Tristin Weaver, Curtis Anthony, Gideon Green. Sophomores- Cole Lentz, Pete Sinibaldi, Ryan Weinhoffer, Tripp Breen, AJ Flick, Spencer Karasek. Freshmen- Ethan Laudenslager.

St. John Neumann

Coach: Mike Kirby

Assistants: Joe Clark, Molly Kirby

League: Mid-Penn

Last year’s record: 24-1

Roster: Seniors- Kevin Anderson, Brady Romano. Juniors- Andrew Fish, Dalton Gough, Adam Helminiak, Jaiden Lynch, Anthony Marrazzo, Noah Persun. Sophomores- Jaiden Cioffi, Daimeer Clark, Thomas Haftl, Reid Parrish. Freshmen- Kyle Ferguson, Malaki Parlante, Rivers Parrish, Josiah Reid, Forman Stewart.

Sullivan County

Coach: Glenn Vaughan (12th season)

Assistants: Joshua Popowycz, Frank Comfort, Jeff Neary, Norman Vaughan, Greg Flannery, Austin Kelsey

League: Mid-Penn

Last year’s record: 22-5

Roster: Seniors- Taylor Baldwin, Jon Pedro, Jordan Pedro, Spencer Gordner. Jnuiors- John Saxe, Alex Baumunk, Noah Brown. Sophomores- Dylan Hottenstein, Jake Saxe, Will Kiner, Dave Pardoe, Donald Miley, Nate Hansen, Alex Schuman. Freshmen- Sam Carpenter, Justin Metzger, Omar Rubio, Jesse Williams.

Warrior Run

Coach: Jeff Pealer

League: HAC-III

Last year’s record: 12-11

Roster: Seniors- Chris Dyer, Troy Hennigan, Cody Rogers. Juniors- Gage Anzulavich, Luke Burrows, Cassidy Hoffman, Kade Meyer. Sophomores- Jacob Frontz, Austun Hampton, Anthony Madilia, Curtis Miller, Anthony Perrone, Brayton Rowella, Austin Soltesz. Freshmen- Kade Anzulavich, Denver Beachel, Braden Bomberger, Justis Brady, Tyrese Hazzoum, Ahmahd Keyes, Tyler Pick.

Wellsboro

Coach: Todd Outman

Assistants: Chase Kriner, Ed Weaver, Mike Tuttle

League: NTL-I

Last year’s record: 17-9

Roster: Seniors- Brandon Lamphier, Jacob Singer, Alden Weiner. Juniors- Dalton Prough, Quinn Henry, Nicholas Ingerick, Collin Pietropola. Sophomore- Tanner Button, Bergen Weiner, Holden Kennedy, Andrew Brelo, Brandyn Tuttle.

Williamson

Coach: Mike Hackett

League: NTL-II

Last year’s record: 5-17

Roster: Seniors- Carleton Bell, Colin Heilbrun. Juniors- Simon Fish, Sam Fish, Andrew Hackett, Nevin Stiles, Tristan Templeman, Allen Hackler, Rusty Brooks, Dylan Phillips. Sophomores- Brandon Paul, Tanner Adriance, Garrett Mosher, Tyler Gardner. Freshmen- Kolby Allen, Carter Strange, Brock Sackett, Andrew Lapoint, Dustin VanZile.

Williamsport

Coach: Allen Taylor

Assistants: Terrill Seward-Buxton

League: Independent

Last year’s record: 15-9

Roster: Seniors- Qayyim Ali, Brandon Campbell, Rondell Carson III, Brian Duvall, Khalik Harmon, Demetrius Santiago, Stanley Scott, Elliott Walker, Malik Washington. Juniors- Kody Ellis, Al-Tamar Jason, Keith Jason, Tyler McCann, Eric Smith, D’Angelo Strachon, Ethan Stryker, Trevon Wagner, Darryl Wilson. Sophomores- Ty Baker, Jakob Bower, Kyle Cipriani, Isaac Ritter, Steel Segraves, Marcus Simmons, Michael Taylor, Ethan Williams.

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