“One of our strengths will be the ability to mix our defenses to help provide some transition baskets,” said long-time head coach Keith Redmond who enters his 17th consecutive season (22nd overall) at the helm of the Railroaders basketball program.
That defense will be critical to a young team that Redmond admits will be challenged to put big offensive numbers on the board.
The Railroaders lost nine players from last year’s squad, including Luke Wescott, Tim Cook, Jordan LaCroix and AJ Ricketts.
The only holdovers from last year’s squad are seniors Matt Watson, Troy Nichols, Toran Tracy and junior Josh Hoagland. Filling out rest of the roster are four juniors, one sophomore, and one freshman.
“We are a young team,” Redmond said. “It should be a learning experience for them and me.”
Watson, Tracy and Hoagland are expected to step into the starting lineup and will be joined by juniors Carl Rehm and Justin Hoagland.
Only a freshman, the younger Hoagland will assume the role of floor general for the Railroaders, a big responsibility, but not necessarily an unfamiliar one.
“Justin is the key to leadership on the court. He has gained experience in this role as the starting quarterback on the football team,” Redmond said.
Justin is expected to lead an offense that will look to control the clock and retain possession of the ball.
“We need to have the patience to run our offensive sets for thirty seconds to make other teams play defense for a longer period of time,” Redmond said.
The team will look for Josh Hoagland, who has shown improvement as an outside threat, as well as Tracy and Carl Rehm to provide scoring from the forward position.
Watson and Nichols will man the center position for the team.
“They need to provide the rebounding to limit the other team to one shot,” Redmond said.
The team will be hard pressed to compete for a league championship in what appears to be a very strong Adirondack League this season.
Salem and Fort Ann are poised to be among the top teams in the East Division and Corinth, Hadley Luzerne and Lake George look solid in the West Division. And everyone is looking up at Argyle, who went 15-1 in the league, return their entire team, including Adirondack Player of the year and the area’s leading scorer Joey Lufkin and will be improved with the transfer of a 6’4” player from down state.
But if Whitehall plays hard and the younger players develop quickly, they could be competitive and surprise a few teams.
“I guarantee we play hard every game to give ourselves a chance to win,” Redmond said.
Name Year Height # Position
Matt Watson 12 6’ 2 44 Center
Toran Tracy 12 6’0 34 Forward
Troy Nichols 12 6’3 40 Center
Josh Hoagland 11 5’11 23 Forward
Paxton DeLorme 11 5’ 11 20 Forward
Carl Rehm 11 5’ 10 10 Guard
Jordan Eggleston 11 5’ 5 24 Guard
Colby LaChapelle 11 6’ 0 14 Forward
Brad Rehm 10 5’9 30 Forward
Justin Hoagland 9 5’10 12 Guard
Wed, December 7th Whitehall @ Fort Ann 6pm
Fri, December 9th Whitehall @ Lake George 6pm
Mon, December 12th Argyle @ Whitehall 6pm
Fri, December 16th Whitehall @ Warrensburg 6pm
Wed, December 21st Hartford @ Whitehall 6pm
Fri, December 23rd Holiday Tournament 7:30pm
Mon, December 26th Holiday Tournament TBA
Tues, January 3rd Salem @ Whitehall 6pm
Fri, January 6th North Warren @ Whitehall 6pm
Wed, January 11th Whitehall @ Luzerne 6pm
Fri, January 13th Bolton @ Whitehall 6pm
Wed, January 18th Whitehall @ Fort Edward 6pm
Fri, January 20th Corinth @ Whitehall 6pm
Thurs, January 26th Fort Ann @ Whitehall 6pm
Wed, February 1st Whitehall @ Argyle 6pm
Fri, February 3rd Whitehall @ Hartford 6pm
Wed, February 8th Whitehall @ Salem 6pm
Mon, February 13th Crossovers 6pm