December 6, 2012

MVAC basketball hit hard by graduation, titles up for grabs



Eric Coupal, Kaleb Miller, Andrew Eseltine, Brenden Ryan, Keenan Hampton.


The Panthers lost two of their leading scorers from last season in Nathan Tabor and Jake Courcy. Both averaged 10 or more points a game. What was lost in scoring should be made up with experience head coach John Swinton said.

The team has nine returners, including seven seniors. Guards Jaice Spring and Gabe Macey had consistent scoring games last season with Macey averaging 5.5 per game. With a squad that finished 10-8 last season and a South Division championship, Swinton thinks this year’s team can return to its winning form.

Players Lost

Jeff Clarke, Jake Courcy, Jimmy Greenough, Tanner Macey, Caleb McGuinness, Nathan Tabor.

Players Returning

Joe Foote, Mike Gould, Dan Groshans, Gabe Macey, Jordan McIntosh, Duke Mildon, Jon Spaulding, Jaice Spring, Ryan Worth.


Michael Dushane.


There is a lot of turnover from last year’s team to now. The Lions lost nine players to graduation, leaving just senior Charlie

Huttig as the only returner to help lead nine newcomers. Huttig averaged 9.3 points last year, including seven double-digit point games. Last year’s team went 15-5, but lost in the Class D semifinals to Willsboro. Along with new head coach Colby Pulsifer, Huttig and the Lions have the challenge of forming team chemistry to make another strong playoff run.

Players Lost

EZ Diemand, Corey Feeley, Timmy LaRock, Andy Mitchell, Hunter Mowery, Zach Pelitier, Patrick Phillips, Nate Rock.

Player Returning

Charlie Huttig.


Owen Denton, Hugh Harwood, Justin LaPier, Connor Marvin, Austin Morris, Zac Noka-Bailey, R.J. Plant, Wesley Whalen, Cortland White.


The Orange return a hefty number of starters from last year’ team. With losing just two players to graduation, Indian Lake/Long Lake returns seven players and welcomes three newcomers.

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