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NHC boys: team-by-team preview

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

BELLMONT

Coach: John Baker, 2nd season (4-17)

Last year's record: 4-17

Returning starters/regulars

Lance Vergara, 6-1, Sr., guard, 1.1 ppg, 1.1 apg

Cameron Beinz, 61, Jr., guard, 4.4 ppg

Maverick Birch, 6-5, Jr., forward/center, 3.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Parker Zeser 6-3, So., guard/forward, 4.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg.

Key newcomers

Seth King, 6-0, Jr., guard/forward

Ross Smith, 6-5, Jr., center

Josh Brune, 5-6, So., guard

Patrick McBarnes, 6-0, So., forward

Coach Baker says:

What do you need to succeed?

As a sophomore last year, Cameron Beinz proved that he could score in bunches. The Braves need both Beinz and Parker Zeser to score the basketball consistently and both have the ability to do that. Size in the frontline will not be an issue with the team running 6-5, 6-5 and 6-3, so we will have to take advantage of the paint. Beinz, Zeser, and Maverick Birch need to take a huge step forward in their development for us to be successful.

What concerns you the most?

With the loss of eight letter winners from last year's team (gone from last year's team is 76% of scoring and 72% of total minutes played), this team will be inexperienced. Backcourt depth is also a concern.

Team goals for this season?

Our goal is to continue to make improvements throughout the season, with the focus of playing our best basketball at the end of the season.

Overall assessment of the team?

With a lot of question marks in a lot of areas, there are so many uncertainties. We have a great group of kids that believe in our vision and want what is best for the team and each other.

CARROLL

Coach: Marty Beasley, 8th season (164-128 career record)

Last year's record: 10-14

Returning starters/regulars

Chandler White, 6-2, So., guard, 15.7 ppg

Mason Miller, 6-3, Sr., forward, 6.2 ppg

Adam Freiburger, 5-10, Sr., guard, 5.8 ppg

Keller Guitierrez, 6-1, Jr., forward, 4.7 ppg

Tony Orr, 6-2, Sr., forward, 3.2 ppg

Alex Hammond, 6-0, So., guard, 1.7 ppg

Key newcomers

Kyle Maller, 6-6, Fr., forward

Jeremy Kalonji, 6-4, So., forward

Austin Thomas, 6-0, Jr., guard

Logan Hille, 5-10, Jr., guard

Coach Beasley says:

What do you need to succeed?

Gain experience and defensively rebound.

What concerns you the most?

Lack of size.

Team goals for this season?

The same as every year, win conference, win sectional, and make a deep tournament run.

Overall assessment of the team?

We have a lot of guys that can play multiple positions (mainly 1-4 spots), so hopefully we can create some mismatches and take advantage of our skill level.

COLUMBIA CITY

Coach: Chris Benedict, 21st season (303-150)

Last year's record: 17-8

Returning starters/regulars

Derek Hinen, 6-3, Sr., guard, 15 ppg, 4 apg

Drew Benedict, 5-10, Sr., guard, 12.7 ppg, 2.8 apg

Daniel Woll, 6-6, Sr., forward, 10.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Austin Paul, 6-3, Sr., forward, 5.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Jared Murphy, Sr., forward

Key newcomers

Mason Coverstone, 6-2, So.

Brachen Hazen, 6-6, Fr.

Jonathan Simmons, 6-3, Sr.

Keaton Reed, 6-2, Jr.

Justin Bachelder, 6-1, So.

Coach Benedict says:

What do you need to succeed?

We are coming off a 17-8 season with a number of key returning players. Paul and Murphy will provide toughness and stability.

What concerns you the most?

We are looking for a couple of young players in Mason Coverstone and Brachen Hazen to contribute.

Team goals for this season?

We are optimistic that we will be competitive in the Northeast Hoosier Conference and Sectional 5. Benedict, Hinen and Woll are double-figure scorers and three-year starters.

DEKALB

Coach: Jon Everingham, 5th season (42-49)

Last year's record: 11-12

Returning starters/regulars

Austin Macy, 6-2, Sr., guard/forward, 11.1 ppg, 4.1 apg

Adison Daub, 5-11, Sr., guard, 16.7 ppg, 2 apg

Dylan Liddell, 6-1, Sr., forward

Kalib McKown, 6-0, Sr., forward, 3.8 rpg

Spencer Snyder, 5-6, Sr., guard, 1.5 ppg, 2 apg

Tanner Moore, 6-5, Jr., center, 3.1 ppg

Nathan Forrest, 5-11, Jr., guard

Cole Hartman, 6-5, So., forward, 11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Carson Forrest, 6-1, So., forward

Daulton Daub, 5-10, So., guard

Key newcomers

Henry Smaltz, 6-2, Sr., forward

Logan Casper, 5-8, So., guard

Logan Gerke, 5-9, So., guard

Hunter Cone, 5-8, Fr., guard

Will Christman, 6-5, Fr., forward

Coach Everingham says:

What do you need to succeed?

The 2012-13 Barons are coming off an 11-12 season and return all 12 letter winners from that team. We will return three NHC all-conference players in Adison Daub, Austin Macy and Cole Hartman.

Team goals for this season?

This year's Barons will feature a good mix of youth and experience and look to be right three when it counts the most in the NHC and sectional.

Overall assessment of the team?

Although the Barons will be better, the teams in the area look to be very strong. Once again, the NHC and Sectional 5 are loaded with great teams.

EAST NOBLE

Coach: Josh Treesh, 1st season

Last year's record: 9-14

Returning starters/regulars

Andrew Gordon, 6-7, Sr., center, 2 ppg

Houston Pattee, 6-8, Jr., forward/center, 3 ppg

Key newcomers

Caleb Williams, 6-2, Jr., forward

Landon Tackett, 5-11, Jr., point guard

Dustin Mapes, 5-8, Jr., guard

Bryce Wolfe, 5-8, So., guard

Coach Treesh says:

What do you need to succeed?

We must take care of the ball and keep people out of the paint. Rebounding will be a must in the tough NHC conference.

What concerns you the most?

Taking care of the ball and making good basketball decisions on a consistent basis.

HOMESTEAD

Coach: Chris Johnson, 19th season (261-138)

Last year's record: 23-3

Returning starters/regulars

Nick Gamble, 6-0, Sr., point guard, 15 ppg

Seth Coate, 6-3, Sr., forward, 9 ppg

Trevor Osborn, 6-0, Sr., guard, 9 ppg

Kyle Togashi, 6-0, Sr., guard, 3 ppg

John Geller, 6-5, Sr., center, 2 ppg

Joe Ault, 6-3, Jr., guard, 6 ppg

Key newcomers

Caleb Swanigan, 6-6, Fr., center

Coach Johnson says:

What do you need to succeed?

Consistent rebounding and defensive intensity.

What concerns you the most?

Who will take over the leadership responsibilities after losing Zach Terrell to graduation.

Team goals for this season?

Keep getting better throughout the year to be playing your best at the end of the year.

Overall assessment of the team?

Looking forward to keep building on the success that other teams have placed before them.

NEW HAVEN

Coach: Al Gooden, 25th season (355-218)

Last year's record: 17-4

Returning starters/regulars

V.J. Beachem, 6-7, Sr., forward, 19.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3 apg

Lacy Curry, 6-3, Sr., forward, 9.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Fabar Ray, 5-11, Sr., guard, 5.7 ppg

Monte Stevenson, 5-7, Sr., guard, 3.7 ppg, 4.9 apg

Jordan Hogue, 6-3, Jr., forward, 5.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.1 apg

Key newcomers

Steve McEleven, 6-10, Jr.

Jaylin Wattley, 5-11, Fr.

Tyron Kennie, 6-3, So.

Brandon Bolinger, 6-3, Sr.

Austyn Newman, 6-1, Sr.

Jakhari Wilbert, 6-3, Jr.

The News-Sentinel says

What do you need to succeed?

Somebody needs to step up and replace the 17 points and 10 rebounds per game from the graduated Kyle Sovine. McEleven could be the main recipient of the playing minutes at center.

What concerns you the most?

Led by Notre Dame recruit Beachem, one of the state's best all-around players, the Bulldogs will have plenty of expectations to deal with this season.

Team goals for the season?

The Bulldogs should be in the thick of the fight for the Northeast Hoosier Conference title but the key games could be back-to-back-to-back, Jan. 5 at home against DeKalb, Jan. 11 at Carroll and Jan. 19 hosting Norwell. The Bulldogs will also play some top teams in the Noblesville Invitational on Dec. 29.

Overall assessment of team?

Under Gooden's direction, the Bulldogs should be among the top teams in the area and in contention for conference and sectional titles, and possibly even a long tournament run.

NORWELL

Coach: Randy Hawkins, 4th year (57-16)

Last year's record: 24-3, lost at state finals

Returning starters/regulars

Josh VanMeter, 6-0, Sr., guard, 18.3 ppg, 5.3 apg, 2.8 rpg

Cale Schumm, 5-11, Sr., forward, 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg

David Vogel, 6-3, Jr., guard, 6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg

Drew Shively, 6-3, Jr., guard, 1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Key newcomers

Cam Denney, Sr., guard/forward

Piercen Harnish, So., forward

Austin Hayden, So., guard

Brent Bales, Jr., guard

Briar Bolinger, Sr., forward

Coach Hawkins says:

What do you need to succeed?

With four seniors graduated, we will have a different dynamic on the floor. We will need to come together as a team, trust one another, and gain confidence every game. Our defense will be key as well as rebounding. We graduated nearly 26 rebounds a game in Kyle Fillman, Caleb Featherston and Garrett Bucher combined.

What concerns you the most?

We have many individually talented players, but, at this point, getting the team to come together as one unit. Again, we must trust in our teammates to get the job done offensively and defensively. Rebounding will be a concern because of the graduation losses.

Team goals for this season?

Same as always ... get better every game, compete in every game ... everything else will take care of itself.

Overall assessment of the team?

As noted above, we have individually talented players. We have shooters, drivers and very strong players ... a great mixture. It will be exciting to see how we do to start the season.