Editor’s note: Coaching forms were not received from Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga in time for the preview.
It was a battle in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I boys’ basketball a year ago, with Plattsburgh High School winning the title with a 13-2 record and four other teams finishing with 9-6 records or better.
The competition should be just as interesting and close this year.
AuSable Valley had the best record in the league at 14-0 last year while winning the Division II championship and should be a force to be reckoned with despite the loss of some key players. The Patriots also make the move from Class B to Class C for the Section VII playoffs.
Plattsburgh High returns as the defending Section VII Class B champion, and Seton Catholic in Class C.
The Eagles, 9-6 in league play a season ago, will be led by 6-foot-7 senior center Keegan Ryan, who led the team and league in scoring a year ago. Ryan has put in a lot of hard work during the off season and will be a huge part of what Beekmantown does.
Tyler Begor, Greg Manney and Sam Trombly are returning guards who have experience and who are much improved on the offensive end. The Eagles return seven players and will be helped by three newcomers who are 6 feet, 1 inch or taller — Nikolas Koktowski, Jacob Remchuk and Justin Stevens.
The concern on the team is the lack of depth with only a 10-player roster. It is important for the Eagles to stay healthy and academically eligible.
Chris McIlroy, Zach Towle, Seth Pelkey, Dylan Riley, Logan Recor, Keon Jahanbakhsh.
Keegan Ryan, Tyler Begor, Sam Trombly, Brandon Rabideau, Pawandeep Singh, Greg Manney, Brennan Pelkey.
Nikolas Koktowski, Jacob Remchuk, Justin Stevens.
The Cougars, 10-5 last year in league play, are very young with guard/forward Tom Bedard the only senior on the team.