High School Boys’ Basketball Preview: Monroe County Division III

Pittsford Mendon’s Jacob Shadders. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM)

Section V Boys’ Basketball action tips off Monday night. Here are the season previews for Brockport, Canandaigua, Greece Athena, Greece Arcadia, Pittsford Mendon and Pittsford Sutherland:

BROCKPORT BLUE DEVILS (Class A1)

Last season record and finish: 9-11, lost in sectional quarterfinals to Pittsford Mendon
Coach: Thomas Velletri (Third season, 20-23 career record)
Top returners: Ryan Judd Sr.; Kevin Lawrenz Sr.; Matt Rennie Sr.
Top newcomers: Peter Leicht So.
First game: February 9th at Pittsford Mendon at 7:45 p.m.

CANANDAIGUA BRAVES (Class A2)

Last season record and finish: 4-17, lost in first round of Class A1 sectionals to Spencerport
Coach: Charles DeTaeye (Fourth season, 16-48 career record)
Top returners: Cody Aikey Sr. C; Derek Andrews Jr. G (8.0 PPG); Nick Ferris Jr. F (Set school single-season record for blocks last season)
Top newcomers: Bryce Ceravolo Jr. G (20 PPG on Junior Varsity); Kenyon Mahoney Jr. F; Callum Outhouse Jr. F
Outlook: “We’re a young team with only one returning senior. Juniors are experienced with three having been pulled up as sophomores. We’re very talented and becoming more of a team everyday. We’re looking to compete in every game and continue to build. We’re moving from Class A1 to Class A2 for the next two seasons.”
First game: February 9th at Greece Arcadia at 7:45 p.m.

GREECE ATHENA TROJANS (Class A2)

Last season record and finish: 10-12, lost in Class A2 sectional quarterfinals to Eastridge
Coach: Michael Setzer (Fifth season, 68-23 career record)
Top returners: Austin Brown Sr.; Kenny Freeman Sr. (All-County Second Team); Tre Jackson Jr.; Jahon Jones Jr.; James Reaves, Jr. Jr.
Top newcomers: Marco DeRubeis Jr.; Frankie Oropeza Jr.; Izaiah Stewart Jr. (Junior Varsity Most Valuable Player)
Outlook: “We lost three seniors from last season, including All-County First Team selectee DeAndre Newsome, but return many that were in the rotation last year. We have height, depth and quickness. The key for us will be winning the rebounding and transition game.
First game: February 9th at Pittsford Sutherland at 7:45 p.m.

GREECE ARCADIA TITANS (Class A1)

Last season record and finish: 1-20, lost in first round of Class A1 sectionals to Greece Athena
Coach: Zachary Keller (Second season, 1-20 career record)
Top returners: Adam Hurlbutt Sr. F; Gabriel Taylor Jr. G (All-County Second Team)
Top newcomers: Dana Bolger Jr. G; Mike Bolger Jr. G/F; Latrell Rowe Jr. F
Outlook: “Newcomers Dana Bolger, Mike Bolger and Latrell Rowe look to build on a solid Junior Varsity season to help this year’s Varsity team overcome last season’s struggles and bounce back in a shortened season. The Titans’ success will depend upon team chemistry, senior leadership and strong play from their underclassmen.”
First game: February 9th vs. Canandaigua at 7:45 p.m.

PITTSFORD MENDON VIKINGS (Class A1)

Last season record and finish: 16-6, lost in Class A1 sectional semifinals to Irondequoit
Coach: Robert Nally (Fifth season, 80-34 career record)
Top returners: Will Connors Sr. G; Jackson Green So. G (15 PPG, 5 RPG, 3 APG, All-County First Team); Luke Hoyser Sr. G/F; Jack Kaemfee Sr. G; Kidder Lindley Jr. G; Brady Miller Sr. G; Jacob Shadders Sr. G (22 PPG, 7 RPG, 5.5 APG, Monroe County Division III Player of the Year, All-State Ninth Team)
Top newcomers: Eric Krowl Jr. F; Caleb Lewis So. G
First game: February 9th vs. Brockport at 7:45 p.m.

PITTSFORD SUTHERLAND KNIGHTS (Class A2)

Last season record and finish: 13-9, lost in Class A2 sectional semifinals to East High
Coach: John Nally (21st season, 279-155 career record)
Top returners: Will Klenk Sr. F; Jalyn Moorehead Sr. G (13 PPG, All-County Second Team); Jake Preisser Sr. F; Patrick Smelt Sr. G
Top newcomers: Tyler Mullin Jr.; Sam Pisanelli So.
Outlook: “We’re a little smaller than we’ve been. Moorehead can still score and Jake Preisser has improved offensively quite a bit. Klenk and Smelt have been injured during the preseason and will re-acclimate this week. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to play many minutes in the games this week. Pittsford Mendon and Greece Athena should dominate our division.”
First game: February 9th vs. Greece Athena at 7:45 p.m.

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