2022-23 boys basketball preview capsules – Yahoo News

Dec. 8—Jon Cadman (first year)
Mountain Valley; C South
3-16, reached round of 16.
Seniors — Gavin Charest, Ayden Jefferson, Ty White, Jaiden Jack; Sophomore — Seamus Keough.
Zack Shields, Colby Jordan, Hudson Cregg.
Senior — Noah Marston; Freshman — Trenton Haskell.
With its senior-heavy roster, Buckfield is looking to make a run to the playoffs while playing competitively in every game in, as Cadman said, "the always-tough MVC."
Cody St. Germain (fifth year)
Mountain Valley; C South
18-5, won state championship.
Seniors — Austin Adams, Bode Gray, Trent Holman, Charlie Houghton, Trenton Hutchinson, Dakota Tompkins, Mason Ducharme; Junior — Logan Timberlake; Sophomore — Nathaniel Wainwright.
Wyatt Smith.
Senior — Airick Richard; Junior — Travis Wright; Sophomore — Karl Blodgett.
The senior-loaded Cougars bring back most of last winter's state title-winning squad, with a good mix of scorers, distributors and role players. St. Germain said that they also bring a target into the season — "Coming off a Class C state championship, we know we will get every team's best game night in and night out," he said — and the recognition of the difficulty of C South, which features several teams that return a bevy of experience. "Our goal is to utilize our senior leadership and uptempo style of play to make another run in the Class C playoffs," St. Germain said.
Mike Adams (22nd year)
KVAC; AA North
18-3, reached regional final.
Seniors — Landon Cougle, Tudum Monday, Mohamed Adow; Juniors — Eli St Laurent, Marshal Adams.
John Shea, Hamza Sheikh, Pat Anthoine.
Junior — Tyler Turcotte; Sophomores — TJ Kramarz, Diing Maiwen.
The Red Eddies return a mix of bigs and guards who have the potential to complement each other and thereby make the team stronger. The graduation of Mr. Maine Basketball John Shea leaves a big hole, but Mike Adams said, "This group had a great summer and will be a different style and look than the previous years." He added that while AA North is always strong, the Eddies have worked hard to remain competitive this season. The region's coaches picked Edward Little to finish fourth and Marshal Adams, Cougle and St. Laurent as players to watch.
Ryan Deschenes (11th year)
Western Maine; A South
10-9, reached regional quarterfinals.
Seniors — Michael Ryan (6-1, F), Maxwell Kenney (6-3, F), Andrew Reynolds (6-3, F), Nick Bouchard (5-9, G); Juniors — Nate Hebert (6-1, G), Aidan Hebert (6-1), Noah Hebert (6-1, G), Carter Libby (6-2, F).
Jay Hawkes, Josh Michaud.
Seniors — Matt Stoddard (6-3, F/C), Mitchell Heinrich (6-6, C), Miles Post (6-2, F); Junior — Noah Schaeffer (6-3, F/C); Freshmen — Isaiah Portas (6-1, G), Jackson Libby (6-2, F).
The Patriots return three starters and five key rotation players. Nate Hebert averaged 12 points per game last season and should be one of the top scorers in the WMC, while Kenney and Ryan are solid leaders who are versatile and effective on both ends of the court, and Aidan Hebert and Noah Hebert are strong two-way players. Deschenes said Gray-NG has nice depth and will emphasize defense and pace this season.
Mike Hathaway (15th year)
KVAC; B South
11-8, lost in round of 16.
Seniors — Sawyer Hathaway, Brett Coburn, Nick Morin, Declan Giroux; Junior — Zach Wallingford.
Ben Sirois, Hunter Hayes, Ian Redstone, Degan Jordan.
Seniors — Sawyer Bubier, Braxton Rowe; Junior — Aiden Turcotte; Sophomores — Landon Daigle, Keegan Reny.
Leading scorers Sawyer Hathaway and Coburn return — Hathaway also was the team's top 3-point shooter and Coburn the leading rebounder last year — as does Morin, an athletic big man. Mike Hathaway said that at 6-3, 6-4 and 6-5, those three also give the Hornets size. They'll be surrounded by skilled complimentary players: Giroux, a good shooter who played some varsity minutes in 2021-22; Turcotte, an athletic guard coming off a solid summer; Wallingford, who will be key as a ballhandler and scorer off the bench; and the well-rounded Bubier, who can play important minutes in the frontcourt. Newcomers Rowe, Daigle and Reny will add backcourt depth. Mike Hathaway said that adjusting to the quick turnaround after winning a football state title will take some time, "but we are hoping we can make a run (in the) tournament by the end of the year."
Elgin Physic (second year)
KVAC; AA North
14-6, reached regional semifinals.
Seniors — Eli Bigelow (F), Isaac Shannon (G), Caed Langley (F), Jibril Holloman (F), Yusef Esse (G); Juniors — Yusef Dakane (G), Khoven Langley (G); Sophomore — Jeffrey Randall (F).
Malik Foster, David Omasambo, Ring Ring, Eli Scales, Donovan Jackson, Ali Abduallahi.
Senior — Liam Hutchinson (G); Juniors — Moises Samba (F), Caden Boone (G); Sophomores — Deion Jackson (G), Lonnie Thomas (F), Abdirahman Dakane (G), Adam Zeininger (G).
The Blue Devils posted their best record in 10 years last season, and, despite losing several key seniors to graduation, this year's squad hopes to build off that momentum. Physic said the team will play to it strengths and try to strengthen its weaknesses. AA North coaches selected Yusef Dakane, Bigelow and Caed Langley as players to watch this season.
Jake Gentle (11th year)
Mountain Valley; B South
15-4, reached MVC championship game and regional quarterfinals.
Seniors — Levi Tibbetts, Aidan Parker, Owen Smith, Chase Mailhot, Jack Ramich, Gavin Grenier, Canaan Cameron; Juniors — Owen Booker, DeSean Trufant.
Charlie Doyle, Hunter McCausland, Mason Booker, Caden Boone.
Senior — Drake St. Pierre; Sophomore — Cody Osmond; Freshmen — Keegan Morrissette, Owen Hurd.
The Greyhounds have several experienced upperclassmen, and Gentle said they are looking to be competitive in every game. He also expects the MVC to be a challenge because several teams are like Lisbon and return many talented and experienced players. "It will be an exciting season in the MVC, with great games every night," Gentle said.
Wade Morrill (seventh year)
Mountain Valley; C South
13-5, reached regional final.
Seniors — Gavin Gregor, Manny Calder, Hunter Frost, Isaac Oliveira, Owen Harding, Alex Orne; Juniors — Sammy Calder, Lucas Harmon, Carter O'Connell; Sophomore — Bingham Abbott.
Hayden Fletcher.
Senior — Ryan Michaud; Junior — Kyle Palleschi; Freshman — Aiden Oliveira.
Monmouth returns several contributors from the squad that made a run to the regional final last winter. However, Morrill said, the Mustangs must be ready to compete every night because there are about eight teams in C South that return several contributors this season. "Our ability to play together, limit self-inflicted mistakes, make the simple play, defend the floor and finish at the rim will be what ultimately decides our team's success or failure this year," Morrill said.
Scot New (fifth year)
Mountain Valley; B South
6-12, lost in preliminary round.
Seniors — Zach New (G), Brayden Duguay (C), Will Gallant (G), Leon Salmon (F); Juniors — Jake New (G), Owen Sevigny (G), Seneca Jones (G); Sophomore — Ben Desalle (F).
None.
Junior — Colby Frisbie (F); Sophomores — Tanner Henry (G), Kaden Mills (G), Chase Duguay (G), Rilan Farnum (F).
Mountain Valley has a mix of experienced and younger players, including senior Zach New, who has played significant minutes for the Falcons since his freshman season. This year, he is surrounded by a solid group of players, many of whom were major contributors on the 2021-22 squad. And many of those players have made further strides in the offseason. Coach Scott New said this year's Falcons are a "committed, hardworking, coachable team that enjoys one another on and off the court."
Dustin Zamboni (fifth year)
Mountain Valley; C South
13-8, reached regional semifinal.
Seniors — Tucker Plouffe, Kaden Pillsbury, Dylan Thorne; Juniors — Cam Grey, Payton Mitchell; Sophomores — Logan Dube, Reagan Lockaby, Harrison Thomas, Bryce Wilcox.
Adam Luce, Wyatt Siemenski, Trevor Phelps, Brendon Williamson.
Freshmen — Killian Pillsbury, Mike Wilkins.
The Roadrunners have some holes to fill in their scoring and post play. Zamboni said that the team has strong leadership among its returning players and that the entire roster is hardworking and "willing to do what it takes to get better."
Troy Norton (fourth year)
KVAC; A North
8-11, reached regional quarterfinals.
Seniors — Zach Poisson, Chandler Briggs, Jayden Meader, Zak Koban, Hayden Dippner; Juniors — Evans Sterling, Charles Stevens, Noah Prescott; Sophomores — Nolan Leso, Carter Norton.
None.
Senior — Nicolo Barbieri; Sophomore— Tyler Abell.
The Cougars return nearly every player from the squad that placed sixth in the challenging Class A North. The region's coaches have picked Mt. Blue to finish fourth this season. Those coaches also picked Evans Sterling, who Troy Norton calls "a dynamic point guard," and shooting guards Chandler Briggs and Zach Poisson as players to watch this season. Norton said that if the Cougars are "tough defensively, and if we can rebound better than last year, we should be competitive with the top teams in our conference."
Tom Smith (12th year)
Mountain Valley; B South
8-9, lost in preliminary round.
Seniors — Maverick Swan, Ethan Vattaso.
Jackson Arbour, D'Andre Daniels, Silas Dumont, Tiger Hopkins, Caden Thompson.
Seniors — Loris Cappelletti, Gabe Perry, Cole Saucier, Cooper Scott; Junior — Landen Denis; Sophomores — Spencer Baldwin, Gage Spier; Freshmen — Eli Desmond, Braden New, PJ Smith.
Smith said that this year's squad is one of the youngest of his tenure. Swan and Vattasso will be looked to as senior leaders, but Smith said the Raiders' success will depend on the newcomers' development and how quickly they adapt to varsity basketball. "The expectations are to compete and take one game at a time," Smith said. "They realize it's going to be a journey, and it's not how we start the season but how we finish."
Scott Graffam (40th year)
KVAC; AA North
18-4, reached state championship game.
Seniors — Elias Soehren, Cole Pulkkinen, Lincoln Merrill, Tanner Bickford, Brenden Palmer, Zach Corbett; Juniors — Teigan Pelletier, Holden Shaw, Jake Carson; Sophomores — Eli Laverdiere, Brady Delamater, Brady Roy.
Isaiah Oufiero, Colby Dillingham.
Freshman — Brayden Murch.
Graffam said the Vikings' goals are to compete in every game and earn postseason wins. With returning players such as Pelletier, Pulkkinen and Shaw — who were chosen as players to watch by AA North coaches — and many other contributors from last year's regional champion, it's not a surprise that the region's coaches picked Oxford Hills as the preseason favorite. Graffam said that he expects the Vikings to be a strong defensive team, but added that their half-court offense needs to improve.
Bill Flynn (second year)
Western Maine; B South
6-13, lost in preliminary round.
Shane Yorkey (G), Hayden Christner (G), Hunter Brackett (F), Johnny Patenaude (G), Eli Alexander (F).
Hunter Gibson, Chance Brown, Joe Hudson, Joe Levesque.
Brady Lawrence (F), Gio Warren (G), Damon Howze (G), Travis West (G), Liam Fifield (F), Nick Aube (F).
Poland is hoping to capitalize on its experience this season. Returning starters Christner, a senior, and Patenaude, a sophomore, are expected to lead the way, and Yorkey, the returning starter at point guard, will direct the offense. The Knights also are looking to Brackett to contribute as a stretch forward, while senior newcomers Brady Lawrence and Gio Warren should be impact players on defense. Poland lost a lot of height to graduation, so this year's team, Flynn said, will focus on "good, timely shooting from the outside and pressure defense."
Josh LaPrell (fourth year)
Western Maine; C South
14-6, reached regional semifinals.
Juniors — Campbell Perryman, Logan Carey, Kyle Reed, Connor Cyr; Sophomores — Taylor Varney, Jonathan Tangilamesu, Jack Brocke, Mason LaFlamme, Ayden Rand, Daniel Iwuanyanwu.
Gabe Carey, Noah Cyr, Michael Stowe, Riley Patriquin.
Senior — Chris Gnidehoue; Sophomores — King Romeo Iraganje, Isaac Yombe; Freshmen — Kyle Fish, Matt Fecteau, Harper Borden.
The Saints lost three players from the 2021-22 roster to graduation but do return a pair of starters, Taylor Varney and Jonathan Tangilamesu. LaPrell said the squad is "young and hungry, looking to build off of the success from a season ago."
Scott Bessey (ninth year)
Mountain Valley; B South
18-1, reached regional quarterfinals.
Seniors — Lucas Towers, Elie Timler, Xander Reichenbach, Caleb Parlin; Junior — Ian York; Sophomore — Jace Bessey.
Camden Phillips, Owen Bryant, Jayden Perreault.
Seniors — Kaleb Finelli, Connor Blanche; Sophomore — Dom Tardif; Freshmen — Cai Dougher, Austin Armandi.
Coach Scott Bessey said that the MVC has several senior-laden teams, so the Phoenix will begin the season trying to catch up. The team's goal is to be competitive in every game. If Spruce makes the postseason, which it usually does, it'll again face the challenge of going up against the bigger schools in B South. Bessey said it will "certainly be a challenge to be able to be competitive with those schools, but we will try our best to get there."
Ryan Kimball (second year)
Mountain Valley; C South
3-15, lost in preliminary round.
Seniors — Will Doyle (G), Evan Leach (G), Levi Cole-McDonnell (F); Juniors — Wyatt Lilly (G), Anthony Conant (F), Cruze Kimball (F), Gavinn Martin (G).
Brayden Stevens.
Senior — Colby Hastings (C); Junior — Kimball Coolidge (G); Sophomore — Brody Morgan (G); Freshman — Jonathan Marshall (F).
Telstar returns most of last winter's team, and the program's numbers are growing — 23 players are involved this season, a big jump from a few years ago. Kimball said that the Rebels' focus is on developing a winning culture and mindset. "This is a dedicated group, that showed up all summer and worked hard, and we are all looking forward to being much more competitive this year and going forward," he said.
Todd MacArthur (12th year)
Mountain Valley; C South
15-5, reached regional quarterfinals.
Seniors — Matt Beck (PG), Brayden Stubbert (SG), Robby Feeney (PF), Tyler Shumway (SG), Jake Barrows (PF), Andrew Fay (PF); Sophomores — Carter Rivers (SG), Braden Branagan (SG), Cole Bard (SF).
Andrew Foster, Logan Baird.
Sophomores — Colton Baird (PF), Connor Williams (SF), Ian Fuller (C); Freshman — Chan Ring (SF).
The Ramblers return several players and are focused on the process of daily improvement. "If we embrace the process, the goals will be a by-product of our hard work," MacArthur said.
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