Boys expect to compete in tough league

There were few things that went right for the boys basketball team last season.

The team struggled with inconsistency and injuries as it staggered to a 1-17 record, defeating Warrensburg in the final game of the season. But there’s plenty of reason for optimism this year.

What was a young and inexperienced team last year has grown up, with five seniors and three juniors this year, and the squad is hopeful that some of the inconsistencies that plagued the team last year can be chalked up to youth.

The team also has a pair of talented underclassmen and a quick and athletic roster that head coach Keith Redmond hopes will help his squad overcome the loss of Matt Watson, Toran Tracy, and Troy Nichols, three blue-collar players who provided solid defense and rebounding a year ago.

Redmond, who is entering his 18th year as varsity head coach, says the team’s speed will dictate how they play.

“We will mix our defense up this year from zone to man with traps from full court to half,” he said. “We are hoping to use these schemes to provide some quick scoring. We are hoping that our speed and quickness will create chaos on the defensive end.”

The team’s backcourt will be made up of two talented scorers in sophomores Justin Hoagland and Brian McLaughlin.

Hoagland will resume his role as the team’s starting point guard and floor general, and has the ability to drive to the basket.

McLaughlin, who got some varsity experience midway through last season, will start at shooting guard and has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor.

Josh Hoagland, who can make plays and grab rebounds, and Carl Rehm, a strong defender and good shooter, will start at forward.

Paxton DeLorme and Colby LaChapelle, both seniors, are vying for the final forward position and whoever doesn’t start will be asked to provide big minutes off the bench.

Jordan Eggleston will contribute some outside shooting from the bench and Andrew McDonald, Thomas Ramey, Tyler Sweenor and Brad Rehm fill out the squad.

Redmond said the Adirondack League should be very competitive but expects everyone will be chasing Lake George and Argyle.

But with more consistency, Whitehall could be in the mix right behind those teams and 10 wins may not be out of the realm of possibilities.

“We expect to be competitive in every game and win games,” Redmond said.

Roster

Name                           Year                 Position            Height              Number

Josh Hoagland Sr.                    F                      6’0                   23

Carl Rehm                    Sr.                    F                      6’0                   10

Colby LaChapelle         Sr.                    F                      6’1                   14

Paxton DeLorme          Sr.                    F                      5’10                 20

Jordan Eggleston          Sr.                    F                      5’8                   24

Andrew McDonald       Jr.                    G                     5’7                   44

Tyler Sweenor              Jr.                    G                     5’7                   34

Brad Rehm                   Jr.                    F                      5’10                 30

Justin Hoagland            So.                   G                     5’11                 23

Brian McLaughlin         So.                   G                     5’9                   33

Thomas Ramey So.                   F                      6’0                   40

Head Coach: Keith Redmond

Asst. Coach: Neil Molinero

 

2012-13 Varsity Boys’ Basketball Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 4 Salem @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7 Whitehall @ Corinth 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14 Lake George @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 Whitehall @ Hartford 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21st Whitehall @ NorWarren 5:30 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 26 Holiday Tournament 6 p.m.

Thurs, Dec. 27 Holiday Tournament 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4 Whitehall @ Argyle 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Luzerne @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 Warrensburg @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Whitehall @ Fort Ann 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Whitehall @ Bolton 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 Whitehall @ Salem 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Whitehall @ Fort Edward 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1 Hartford @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Argyle @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8 Fort Ann @ Whitehall 5:30 p.m.

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