Newcomers: Ryan Foley, Fred Halloran, Riley O’Connor, Dan Welch, Alex Mercier
Strengths: Team chemistry.
Concerns: Inexperience of kids who will have to contribute.
Coach’s outlook: “We made the tournament last year, so we are hoping to build on that and create a winning atmosphere. Making the tournament is our goal.”
First game: Tomorrow (6:30 p.m.) at Ipswich
Coach: Tom L’Italien (9th season)
Last year’s record: 14-8
Key returning players: Dillon Guthro, Adam Traxler, Drew Borudeau, Jeff Martin, Mike Shay, Dan Baribeault
Newcomers: Caleb Stot, Steve Simkins, Jake Barlow, Jake Berger, Liam Hundertmark, Mike Jayne, Matt Short, Ronnie Mwai
Strengths: Athleticism, competitiveness, character, depth.
Concerns: Preseason injuries.
Coach’s outlook: “We want to live up to our expectations, not other people’s expectations. We are focused on getting better on a day-to-day basis and we feel trusting our process will lead to a successful season for our team. We never put a win total on our season, we simply want to be great each day and we feel the wins will take care of themselves.”
First game: Tomorrow (7 p.m.) vs. North Reading
Coach: Ed Hickey (2nd season)
Last year’s record: 8-12
Key returning players: Adam Chory, Brian Kurchar, Mike Audik, Jake Bordianeau
Newcomers: Pat Beaton, Pat Freiermuth
Concerns: Lack of height.
Coach’s outlook: “We are hoping to make the tournament this year. I do feel that we will be better this year than last year. We have no superstar, but we have a lot of hard-working, solid high school basketball players who will compete every day. I think we will have a chance in every game.”
First game: Tomorrow (6:30 p.m.) vs. Saugus
Coach: David Clay (3rd season)
Last year’s record: 9-11
Key returning players: Ellsworth Rogers, Cam Armand, Bradley Whitman