High School Boys Preview: Monroe County Division 2

Season previews for Greece Arcadia, Irondequoit, Spencerport and Webster Thomas as well as Churchville-Chili and Webster Schroeder...
Season previews for Greece Arcadia, Irondequoit, Spencerport and Webster Thomas as well as Churchville-Chili and Webster Schroeder…

MONROE COUNTY Division 2

GREECE ARCADIA TITANS (Class A1)

Last season: Finished 17-5 (Monroe County Division 4 champions) and lost to eventual champion Pittsford Sutherland, 77-66 in the A-1 semi-finals.

Coach: Roger Klimek (21st year/228-199).

Top returners: Thomas FinnertyMev Odzakovic and Marcus Zappia.  Also back from last year’s team is Anthony Finnucane, Ian Insley and Neale McMullen. 

Top newcomers: Dalton Niedert  and Joe Gallery

Outlook: Greece Arcadia lost its entire starting lineup from a team that fell to eventual Section V Class A champion Pittsford Sutherland. Finnucane is the team’s tallest player at 6-foot-3.  The move up to Division 2 will also pose a challenge

“Our biggest challenge to overcome this season will be our lack of size.”

“The most important teachable moment we can take from last year is hard work and doing the little things will get us some victories.”

First game: Gates-Chili/December 7th. SEASON SCHEDULE

IRONDEQUOIT EAGLES (Class A1)

Last Year:  Finished 15-7 (7-3 league) and lost in overtime to Greece Athena, 71-65 in the A1 semi-finals.

Coach: Chris Cardon (31st year/392-251 overall)

Top Returners: Zach Stenglein 6’0 Sr. (1st Team All County, 2nd Team All Greater Rochester 13.9 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.0 steals per game, took 15 charges. Moving from the 2-guard to the point this year. Three-year varsity player). Tysean Sizer 6’0 Sr. G (2nd Team All County 10.5 ppg, 2 apg, 4.6 rpg), Alex Goldsberry 6’4″ Sr. G/F (8.6 ppg, leading rebounder 5.8 rpg shot 53 percent from the field), Jeremiah Zitz 6’6″ Sr. F (3-year varsity player, strong defender 3.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Gerald Drumgoole 6’3″ So. (played nine games last year as a freshman 5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, shot 58 percent from the field), Kaelen Kanealey 6’7″ Sr. (Inside/outside presence), Chris VanKerkhove 5’9″ Sr. (strong 3-point shooter), Jake Arrowood 6’3″ Sr. (Strong inside player) and Devyn Walker 6’1″ Sr. (Started last year before a season-ending injury. Presently injured, but hoping to get him back).

Top Newcomers: Frederick June 6’2″ So. PG (Good assist man who can also score), William Porter 5’10” Jr.  SG (Solid 3-point threat).

OUTLOOK – This is the deepest Irondequoit Cardon has had in his 31 years at the helm. The Eagles have a lot of experience, are athletic and skilled. They should compete for a division as well as Section 5 title. These guys love basketball and have put in a lot of time in the off season playing four nights a week in two summer leagues, camps and individual workouts.

“We win if we continue to work hard in practice, take it one game at a time and continue to play as a team.”

First game: Wilson-Magnet/December 6th. SEASON SCHEDULE

SPENCERPORT RANGERS (CLASS A1)

Last season: Finished 7-14 (4-6 league) and fell to eventual champion Pittsford Sutherland, 65-43 in the A1 quarter-finals.

Coach: Kyle Trevas (second season/7-14)

Top returners: Ryan Gentile Sr. G (10.2 ppg, led team in assists [56], steals [23] and free throw percentage 71.7), Josh Reding Jr. G (4.2 ppg, led team in 3-point percentage at 43.6), Ryan Donovan Sr. F (4.8 rpg).

Top newcomers: Malcolm McCollough Jr, F (6’1″ 180) and JJ Jenkins Jr. G (6’1″ 185). 

Outlook: The Rangers return three starters and six seniors from last year. They are also getting much-needed depth with five juniors from last year’s JV team which finished 12-8. Senior guard Ryan Gentile and junior guard Josh Reding will take control of the backcourt and are expected to score as well. Though not the biggest team, the Rangers will look to take advantage of their athleticism and play up-tempo on both ends of the court. They have many players with similar skill sets who can contribute off the bench.

“Our biggest challenge to overcome this season will be size. We must be physical and box out.”

“The most important teachable moment we can take from last year is getting out of our “comfort level” to box out and play gritty defense in order to win and stay in games.”

“We win if we take care of the ball, get after it on the defensive end, get a body and rebound and play smart at the end of the game. Do the little things as well like taking charges and making the extra pass.”

First game: Brockport/December 2nd. SEASON SCHEDULE

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WEBSTER THOMAS TITANS (Class AA)

Last season: Finished 4-17 and lost to Aquinas 74-46 in the opening round of Class AA.

Coach: Griffin Coles (fourth season/23-36 overall)

Top returners: Ryan Mason G/F (10.5 ppg, 4 rpg), Colin Labarbera G (6.4 ppg, 2 apg), Tyler Curtis C

and Max Howe G.

Top newcomers: Andrew Mason G Fr. CJ Battaglia G/F Jr. and Joe Luconte G Jr.

Outlook: Webster-Thomas expect to improve from last season with hard work and team-first mentality.

“Our biggest challenge to overcome this season will be maintaining great defense for 32 minutes every game.”

First game: Hendrick Hudson/December 3rd. SEASON SCHEDULE

WEBSTER SCHROEDER WARRIORS (Class AA)

Last season: Finished 13-8 and lost to Edison Tech, 58-55 in the opening round of Class AA.

First game: Spencerport Tournament/December 2nd. SEASON SCHEDULE

CHURCHVILLE-CHILI SAINTS (Class AA)

Last season: Finished 7-14 and lost to Rush-Henrietta, 94-45 in the first round of Class AA.

First game: Victor/December 2nd. SEASON SCHEDULE

***Quotes provided by individual coaches.

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