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December 4, 2013

Plattsburgh High poised for title run

Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive information from Indian Lake/Long Lake, Johnsburg, Keene, Minerva/Newcomb, Schroon Lake or Wells.

The defending Section VII Class C boys’ basketball champion, AuSable Valley, is poised to make another run this year, with much of its roster still in tact. Class B champion Beekmantown and Class D winner Moriah both lost key players to graduation and will have new faces in their starting lineups this season.

Members of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference have merged this season to form the Northern Basketball League, which includes three divisions.

Division I

AuSable Valley

The reigning Section VII Class C champions lost just two players from last year’s 14-5 squad.

The Patriots return two leading scorers from a season ago, and coach Jamie Douglass said his team’s speed and “defensive tenacity” will be its strengths.

Shane Douglas, John Goodnough and Zach Cosgrove all return for their senior seasons and are expected to carry the team offensively. Douglas averaged 18.8 points a game last season, while Goodnough averaged 13.3 and Cosgrave added 8.8.

Austin Facteau will start at guard, while Nick McDonald rounds out the starting lineup for the Patriots at forward. Junior guard Sultan Sikandar and freshman forward Cobe Parrow have worked hard in the offseason and are expected to make the rotation.

Players lost

Austin Depo, Nate Casey

Players returning

Zach Cosgrove, Riley Peck, John Goodnough, Austin Facteau, Shane Douglass, Nick McDonald

Newcomers

Cobe Parrow, Zeke Durham, Sultan Sikandar

Beekmantown

After defeating Peru to claim the Class B Section VII crown last year, the Eagles are coming off a solid season, which ended in a loss to Section II’s Watervliet in regionals. Beekmantown will try to build on last year’s success with a mix of returners and “exciting” Newcomers

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