Alex Brasky | @BataviasBestHS
Monday, March 13, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Following a long, exciting, and action-packed High School Basketball Season, here is my complete team-by-team wrap-up of all that went down for each Boys and Girls Program over the past several months:
Season Snapshot: The Trojans surprised me this season, finishing the regular season 13-7 overall with a slew of impressive league wins mixed in. They also recorded a Sectional victory which came over Letchworth in the pre-Quarterfinals.
Key Departures: Alexander will lose a total of 8 seniors to graduation. The losses which will hurt the Trojans the most are 6’1″ forward Dustin Schmeider, and 6’1″ sharpshooter Matt Genaway, as both averaged over 10 ppg this season.
Key Returners: Despite losing a few key players, Alexander will return 3 juniors and a sophomore. The most-important underclassmen coming back for the Trojans will be returning starters 5’5″ guard Chris McClinic, and 6’5″ center Erik Scharlau.
Future Outlook: The Trojans will certainly return enough to make another run at success in 2017-2018. Look for McClinic and Scharlau to continue to improve amongst what should again be a solid roster for Alexander.
Key Departures: The Trojans will lose just 2 seniors, but both of them were Alexander’s top-players this past season. Olivia George and Marissa Scharlau will both graduate.
Key Returners: A total of 13 underclasswomen return for Alexander.
Future Outlook: The Lady Trojans lose their top-two producers from this past season, but should be able to fill the void with great numbers returning. I believe they will remain near the middle of the pack within the league.
Season Snapshot: Attica battled through a tough injury to 6’4″ senior Levi Snyder during the regular season – and managed to finish 12-8, but were bounced early in Sectionals. I expected more from the Blue Devils this year, but no one can predict an injury.
Key Returners: Coming back to the Blue Devils next season will be a strong list of young players – including 5’10” freshman guard Tyler Meyer, and 6’1″ forward Dawson Nelson.
Future Outlook: The losses of Thompson and Snyder would hurt any team, but I believe the Devils have enough coming back to maintain the success they’ve experienced over the past several seasons. Look for Meyer and Nelson to do damage from beyond the arc next season in the GR League, where the Blue Devils should finish near the middle of the pack.
Season Snapshot: The Devils finished the regular season 10-10, and fell early-on during Sectionals.
Key Returners: 9 underclasswomen return to the Devils next year, highlighted by sophomore forward Taylor Gadd.
Future Outlook: Attica is losing a few of their best players, but will have a good chance of stemming the tide using efforts from their young players who will assume new roles next season.
Season Snapshot: The Blue Devils were coming off of a Sectional Championship this season, but failed to defend their title in a tough Class A2 Sectional bracket. They did reach the Semifinals, however, and finished the year playing some quality basketball.
Key Departures: Batavia loses just 1 senior – 5’10” guard Alessio LaRock.
Key Returners: The Devils look forward to the return of top-scorers 6’1″ guard Tee Sean Ayala, and 6’0″ guard Antwan Odom. Several other strong athletes return for Batavia as well.
Future Outlook: I would expect the Blue Devils will contend for the A2 Title next season. They will challenge several other capable teams, however.
Season Snapshot: Also coming off of a Sectional Title – the first in school history for Girls Basketball – the Lady Devils struggled to maintain the success they found a season ago. They lost several key players to graduation, leaving a shell of the talented roster which took the floor in ’15-’16.
Key Departures: Just 2 seniors will graduate for Batavia.
Key Returners: Junior Taylor Stefaniak, and sophomore Ryann Stefaniak are among 10 underclasswomen returning for the Lady Devils.
Future Outlook: Batavia should be much more competitive next season behind a growing roster.
Season Snapshot: The Bees experienced a breakthrough season in 2016-2017, challenging for the League Title, while also reaching the Sectional Quarterfinals. The highlight of their 14-6 regular season was when they downed eventual GR Champ Elba – the Lancers only league loss of the year.
Key Departures: Byron-Bergen will watch star players 6’4″ guard Brandon Burke and 6’7″ forward Colin Noeth graduate this spring, as well as 5 other seniors.
Key Returners: 5’10” guard Cam Shenk is the top-contributor who will return for the Bees next season.
Future Outlook: I anticipate a down year for Byron-Bergen next season, although a strong JV team may improve their chances to compete. Time will tell whether or not they will be able to finish within the top-5 in ’17-’18.
Season Snapshot: The Lady Bees finished 13-7 during the regular season which was more than I expected from what appeared to be a rebuilding program.
Key Returners: The Bees Dana VanValkenberg highlights a list of 10 returning underclasswomen.
Future Outlook: Byron-Bergen will have work to do in order to stay competitive in the GR League, as two of their top-three players are graduating.
Season Snapshot: An unexpected trip to the Sectional Finals turned into heartbreak for the Red Raiders – who fell in the title game, in overtime, to leaguemate Geneseo.
Key Returners: 5’8″ junior guard Jon Boilard, 6’4″ junior forward Ian Lenhardt, and 5’7″ junior guard Vin Molisani are the top-returners for Cal-Mum next season.
Future Outlook: The Raiders could find themselves right back in the Sectional Finals next year as what was a young team in ’16-’17 will be rather experienced next year – giving them as good of a chance as any squad within their classification.
Season Snapshot: The Lady Raiders failed to achieve the three-peat in terms of Sectional Titles, but they did manage to reach the Sectional Finals this past season – where they fell to defending State Champ South Seneca.
Key Departures: Gill Flint, Hannah Wade, and Sami Bickford are all irreplaceable losses for Cal-Mum.
Key Returners: Juniors Makenzie Wilson and Danielle Molisani will return to lead the team next season.
Future Outlook: The loss of Flint will be hard to replace, as she was one of the top-players in Section V the past few seasons. However, Molisani and Wilson have a chance of propelling this team to continued success.
Season Snapshot: The Lancers won their first Sectional Championship since 2005, and also won the GR League Title this regular season with a 16-4 overall record. It was about as successful a season as they come for Elba.
Key Departures: Unfortunately, as typically is the case in HS Sports, with success comes loss. 7 seniors graduate for the Lancers, including 6’2″ forward Tucker Bezon, 5’10” guard Henry Pflaumer, 6’0″ guard Shane O’Halloran, and 6’1″ guard Jordan Miller.
Key Returners: Luckily for Elba, though, 5’8″ freshman point guard Collin O’Halloran will be back next year, as will 6’4″ sophomore forward Jon Boyce – among a few other talented Lancers.
Future Outlook: Although they will be without much of what propelled them to what they achieved this season, Elba does have a strong set of young players waiting in the wings – and should be able to maintain their success.
Season Snapshot: The Lady Lancers also finished the season as Sectional Champions – their first since 2012.
Key Returners: Junior Emily Reynolds highlights a strong cast of returning players for the Lancers.
Future Outlook: I expect Elba to be a contender for the Sectional Title once again next season.
Season Snapshot: Holley failed to win a game this season.
Key Departures: 5 seniors graduate for the Hawks.
Key Returners: 9 underclassmen return for Holley.
Future Outlook: Holley looks to be more-competitive next season.
Key Departures: Holley loses just 2 seniors.
Key Returners: 4 juniors return for the Lady Hawks.
Future Outlook: Hawks Basketball has no where to go but up.
Season Snapshot: The Knights endured plenty of turbulence this past season, which included a controversial coaching change – and a trip to the Sectional Semifinals.
Key Returners: 6’4″ sophomore forward Reece Tresco, 6’2″ junior forward Luke Stella, 6’0″ junior guard Terrance Williams, and 6’3″ junior forward Canyon Roster all come back for the Knights.
Future Outlook: The Knights were quite successful this season, and should be able to repeat their success, or better it, next season. I’m anxious to see who takes over this program – which ended the season under interim coach Tim McArdle.
Season Snapshot: Le Roy finished the season 7-14 behind new head coach John Palillo Jr.
Key Returners: Le Roy has a strong list of returning players – highlighted by junior Erin Cappotelli.
Future Outlook: The Knights have talent coming back next season and I would imagine that they would be able to find a bit more success in the future.
Key Departures: Including Schildt, a 6’2″ forward, 7 seniors graduate for Lyndonville. 6’0″ forward Eric Neace, and 6’2″ shooter Corey Hydock are other key losses for the Tigers.
Key Returners: 6’2″ guard Zach Johnson is the top-returning player for Lyndonville.
Future Outlook: The Tigers will certainly be a team in transition next year.
Key Departures: The Lady Tigers will lose 4 seniors to graduation.
Key Returners: 7 players return for Lyndonville.
Future Outlook: Like their boys team, the Lady Tigers will be a team looking for increased success moving forward.
Season Snapshot: The Irish finished the regular season just 5-15, but managed to find a bit of success during the postseason – where their journey ended in controversy during a loss to Mt. Morris just short of the Sectional Semifinals.
Key Departures: 9 total seniors graduate for the Irish this spring – many of which were contributing factors for ND this season.
Key Returners: 6’1″ junior sharpshooter Ryan Moffat and 6’1″ junior forward Nico Zambito will return for what I expect to be a much more competitive Notre Dame team next season.
Future Outlook: The Irish should be able to contend for a GR Title behind the efforts of then-seniors Zambito and Moffat. I’m expecting a big turnaround for the Irish.
Key Departures: Hannah Bowen is the lone ND contributor who will graduate.
Key Returners: Junior Margaret Sutherland and sophomore Callie McCulley highlight a strong list of returning players who have proven themselves already this past season.
Future Outlook: Notre Dame was the best team in Class D1 this past season and should be able to at least reach the Sectional Title game next year. Anything less would be a disappointment.
Season Snapshot: A relatively young Oakfield team experienced what I termed premature success this season – but did fall in several close games which was the reason for their 13-7 overall record to end the regular season.
Key Departures: Although young, experience carried the day for Oakfield during their 13 wins this season, as seniors Reice Woodward and Dalton Carlsen were each driving forces for the Hornets in 2016-2017. Their departure, along with that of Tristan Korzelius, will be felt next year.
Key Returners: Several important players will return for Oakfield, highlighted by juniors Tayvon Boyd, Tylor Ohlson, and Ryan Douglas, and freshman Joey Burdick.
Future Outlook: Oakfield should evolve into a true threat to contend for a League Title next year.
Season Snapshot: A 19-1 regular season and a number one overall seed in the Sectional Tournament turned into a load of disappointment for the Lady Hornets – who fell to Alexander in the Quarterfinals.
Key Departures: Three seniors graduate for Oakfield.
Key Returners: Juniors Makayla Hilchey, Kylie Schlagenhauf, Lakin Woodward, and Lauren Reding (injured this year) all return, as do three other Oakfield underclasswomen.
Future Outlook: The Lady Hornets will welcome Lauren Reding back into the fold – which should improve their chances come next year’s postseason, where they struggled this year.
Season Snapshot: Pavilion did have a bit of success this season, including a trip to the Sectional Quarterfinals/ However, the Gophers struggled to beat the top-teams on their schedule during 2016-2017.
Key Departures: 8 seniors graduate for Pavilion, including top-contributors 6’2″ guard Caleb Milligan, and 6’0″ forward Hunter Seaman – among others.
Key Returners: 6’2″ sophomore Ryley Elliot, and 5’11” sophomore Luke Milligan return for the Gophers.
Future Outlook: Pavilion will need to improve on the fly if they hope to become a contender next season.
Key Departures: The Gophers lose three seniors.
Key Returners: 8 underclasswomen return for Pavilion.
Future Outlook: The Gophers hope to improve upon their overall record next season.
Season Snapshot: The Dragons earned the top-seed in their Sectional Class following a 16-4 regular season, but fell out of favor following a close Quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Geneseo. Pembroke did win their Division within the GR League, however, and overall endured a successful season.
Key Departures: 6’1″ guard Ryan Cansdale, and 6’1″ shooter Kyle Ludwig will graduate this spring.
Key Returners: 6’3″ junior forward Reid Miano, 6’1″ guard Lucas Kohorst, 5’9″ junior guard Jamil Marable Jr., and 6’1″ junior forward Zach von Kramer, and a few others, all come back for Pembroke.
Future Outlook: Pembroke should repeat their success next year, despite losing two of their main-contributors to graduation.
Key Departures: The Dragons won’t lose anyone from their ’16-’17 roster.
Key Returners: 5 juniors, 4 sophomores, 3 freshman, and 2 eighth graders all come back for what should be a stronger Pembroke team.
Future Outlook: Losing not one player from this year’s team, the Dragons may have a chance to compete for a League Title next year.
Key Departures: Wheatland-Chili loses two seniors.
Key Returners: 5’9″ guard Elijah Gissendanner, and 6’1″ forward Adam Lund will each return for the Wildcats.
Future Outlook: Wheatland-Chili has no where to go but up, and I expect them to head in that direction next year.
Key Departures: Brianna Parker is the lone senior who will graduate for Wheatland-Chili.
Key Returners: A strong junior class, highlighted by Abbie & Hannah Callaghan and Alyssa Seilheimer, along with freshmen Lindsey Clar and Jenna LaMere, returns for W-C next season.
Future Outlook: Expect Wheatland-Chili to join fellow GR Leaguemate Notre Dame atop the GR League, and Class D1 ranks next year.
I had a fantastic time covering this year’s High School Basketball season. Until next year…
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