NORTHVILLE — With every player from last season’s roster returning, the Northville boys’ basketball team has plenty of experience heading into the new campaign.
“We’ve got our whole team back,” Northville coach John Karbowski said. “All of our team is juniors and seniors, which might be the first time in my career that that has happened.”
Last season consisted of eight games between Feb. 27 and March 13 for the Falcons.
Despite having an abbreviated season due to COVID-19 protocols that limited Northville to just eight total games against fellow Fulton County squads Johnstown, Gloversville, Mayfield and Broadalbin-Perth, Karbowski said it was worth it.
“We were just happy to give the kids some sort of opportunity to play,” Karbowski said.
Northville won just once in eight games during the shortened season, but it returns all 12 players.
The group includes seniors Cameron Sawyer, Dan VanNostrand and Wyatt Sira, along with juniors Garrett Shepard, J.T. Artikuski, Jacob Frank, Chase Mitchell, Lance Edwards, Liam Halloran, Landon Frasier, Andrew Cordone and Evan Tamulaitis.
That experience is expected to pay dividends for the Falcons.
“We’re hoping to be able to put things in place a little sooner because our group is more experienced than normal,” Karbowski said.
In its last full season in 2019-20, Northville went 13-9 overall and 4-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Falcons reached the Section II Class D semifinals before losing to Argyle.
Karbowski said he’s hoping for similar success this winter.
“If we stay healthy, we’re hoping to be competitive in our league,” he said. “If we can do that, it will help set us up to be able to make a run in the Class D tournament at the end of the season.”
Northville scrimmaged Johnstown in its first on-court action of the season Tuesday, as the Falcons are looking for things to get back to some semblance of normalcy.
“Things are as normal as possible and the kids are excited to get back out there,” Karbowski said. “We’ve been working hard our first week or so of practice.”
Having played just eight games since March 2020, Karbowski said he’s looking forward to the season.
“We just want to see the kids play,” he said. “We’re going our best to keep them healthy and safe.”
Northville is slated to travel to Heatly for its season opener this coming Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.