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December 12, 2013

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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

Strengths: Depth.

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

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