Coach Lou Murphy has the fewest returning letterwinners in the area with just senior Zach Mucci and junior Mason Taylor back. Strategy will be important to the team’s success.
“Learning to use the best shot for the various situations in the game,” Murphy said. “We need to keep the ball out of the middle of the court.”
Getting their first taste of varsity action will be senior Rob Wynn, juniors David Bookbinder, Joe Paolillo, Dustin Pilkington and Richie Blough, sophomores Ben Pickard, Brandon Skuza, Corey Jones and Mark Reinke and freshmen Ian Parkomaki, Mike Nelson, Emery Buchan and Cody Lowe.
Murphy would like nothing more than to challenge for the All-American Conference title.
“Liberty and Lakeview will be strong this year,” he said. “I want to be in there with them.”
The Dragons are hungry to improve on a 10-11 season last year and have committed to doing something about it. Coach Bob Walters, in his 49th year as coach, sees Lakeside’s fate hinging on his players living up to those commitments.
“My players need to stay as motivated and determined throughout the season as they are now,” Walters said. “They all need to successfully make the changes in their individual games from last year’s play and they need to reach the individual and team goals that they each have articulated and committed to.”
Five juniors and a senior are back in 2013 with letters in hand with eight youngsters battling to be part of the mix.
Senior Jake Campbell and juniors Ryan Applebee, Jake Cimorelli, Kyle Downs and Logan Stowell have the experience. Juniors Jesse Blair and Raymond Marrison, sophomores Tyler Kinney and John Mussig and freshmen Ryan Collins, Robert Cottom, Clark Heath and Dylan Sizemore are fighting to be part of the mix.
Walters understands which team in the PAC is the one to beat. He also knows he wants his Dragons to have a say in who wins the title.
“Geneva will be the odds-on favorite based on last year’s record and they only lost one player from that team,” he said. “However, we are going to be ready to compete!”