Winter’s arrival didn’t mean an end to the excitment in Lake George last season.
The Warriors won the East Division and beat West champ Whitehall for the overall Adirondack League championship in 2007-08.
With seven seniors back from that team, all of whom saw playing time, Lake George appears to be the class of the league once again.
“It’s almost like it’s Lake George, and everyone else will be fighting for second,” Hadley-Luzerne coach Gary Wilson said. “There could be a surprise or two in there, but I don’t see who’s going to have the guns to stay with them.”
The frontcourt of senior forwards Peter Gaiboris and Nathanial Miller, both in their fourth varsity season, and third-year varsity player Jake Nelson lead the Warriors’ attack.
They are joined by classmates Logan Place at forward and guards Lucas Freihofer, Robert Mastrontoni and Toby Noble to give Lake George a distinct edge in experience.
“We’ve got a solid group coming back,” coach Dave Jones said. “We’re going to lean on all those guys pretty heavily. Right now, we’ve got a strong background from last year’s team.”
The only team to beat Lake George in league play last year was Whitehall, which went 12-3 to top the West. Coach Keith Redmond will have an entirely new cast of characters, losing all 10 players to graduation.
“We had nurtured those kids along since they were sophomores,” Redmond said. “They took their lumps and, as seniors, they were very good. Now, we’re trying to do that with another group of athletes.”
The Railroaders are led by the backcourt of juniors Chris Therrien, quarterback for the football team, and Tom Hollinger, both 6-foot. Senior Lee Goslin (6-1) steps in at center/forward. Senior Kevin McDonald and sophomore Cory Christian should chip in offensively.
Expectations are high in Corinth, where coach Tom Rentz has several players back from last year’s club that struggled to a 5-10 league finish. The Tomahawks had gone 29-1 winning back-to-back league titles.
“We were very disappointed. We weren’t really expecting that,” Rentz said. “We talked about it, and we made some attitude and approach changes.”
Guards C.J. Saunders, a senior, and Kevin Tucker, a, sophomore in his third varsity season, are the focal point for Corinth.
Fort Edward lost only one player from last year’s club that got beat by Northville in the Class D quarterfinals. Seniors Tyler Carpenter, a 6-2 swingman, and 6-3 shooting guard Bob Phillips run the offense.
Hadley-Luzerne graduated eight seniors and will rely on 5-10 senior point guard Brett Allen and 5-9 senior forward Josh Bennett for leadership. Up from jayvee are 6-4 center Jordan Jensen and 6-1 senior guard Kevin Strzelczyk.
With a new starting lineup from last season, North Warren will be led by senior center Ben Magee (6-4, 230) and 5-9 guard John Remington, who were the first two players off the bench.
Salem coach William Moore led his team to an 8-8 finish last season, and though he lost nine seniors from that club, is optimistic about the Generals staying competitive.
Seniors Alex Baker, a 6-1 point guard, and forwards Ryan Jameson and Tom and John Tomlinson return, though the latter will miss the start of the season with an injury.
Like Salem, Argyle graduated nine players and will rely on the
senior duo of 6-3 center Dickie Myott and 6-0 forward Derek Wohlleber, and 6-2 junior forward Matt Stevens.
Winless in both league and overall play two years ago, Fort Ann improved to 6-10 and 8-14 last season under new coach Kevin Nassivera.
Coach: Jack Sherwin.
Last year’s record: 11-5 league, 14-8 overall.
Top returning players: Dickie Myott, senior, center; Derek Wohlleber, senior, forward; Matt Stevens, junior, forward; Bryce Wells, junior, guard/forward.
Coach: Tom Rentz.
Last year’s record: 5-10, 6-14.
Top returning players: C.J. Saunders, senior, guard; Kevin Tucker, sophomore, guard; Shawn Delancey, senior, forward; Eric Hernandez, sophomore, forward.
Coach: Kevin Nassivera.
Last year’s record: 6-10, 8-14.
Top returning players: Justin Nassivera, senior guard; Josh Jordan, senior, forward; Andrew Holmes, senior, guard/forward; Joe Shevy, senior, guard; Jim Shevy, sophomore, guard.
Coach: George Conley.
Last year’s record: 10-10, 11-11.
Top returning players: Tyler Carpenter, senior, guard; Bob Phillips, senior, guard; Nick Abare, junior, forward; Mike Taft, freshman, point guard; Brandon Hill, sophomore, center.
Coach: Gary Wilson.
Last year’s record: 14-10 overall.
Top returning players: Brett Allen,
senior, guard; Josh Bennett, senior, guard/forward; Kevin Strzelczyk, senior, guard.
Coach: Mike MacDougal.
Coach: Dave Jones.
Last year’s record: 13-2, 13-8.
Top returning players: Peter Gaibrois, senior forward; Nathaniel Miller, senior, forward; Jake Nelson, senior, forward;
Lucas Freihofer, senior, guard; Robert Mastrontoni, senior, forward; Toby Noble, senior,
guard; Logan Place, senior, forward.
Coach: Jason Humiston.
Last year’s record: 9-6, 15-7.
Top returning players: Ben Magee,
senior, center; John Remington, senior, guard; Alex Hladik, sophomore, forward.
Coach: William Moore.
Last year’s record: 8-8, 8-13.
Top returning players: Alex Baker,
senior, guard; Tom Tomlinson, senior, forward; Ryan Jameson, senior, forward; John Tomlinson, senior, forward.
Coach: Rich Schloss.
Coach: Keith Redmond.
Last year’s record: 12-3, 15-6.