M-W Boys Host John Dinneen Tourney Mon. Wed.
The 2019 John Dinneen Memorial Tournament will feature an East Vs East and West Vs West opening round on Monday at Madrid-Waddington Central School. The host Yellow Jackets will play Colton-Pierrepont in an NAC East game at 5:30 p.m. while Heuvelton and Edwards-Knox and will renew their NAC West rivalry at 7 p.m..
The consolation and championship games will be held on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets went 12-0 in the the NAC last year season, won the Section 10 Class C title and rendered a strong challenge against number one ranked Lake George before losing in the regionals. The Jackets will be looking to start another successful year under Coach Aaron Jones by repeating as champions of the John Dinnen Tournament.
M-W is led a pair of returning All-NAC selections in First Team point guard Brennan Harmer who is the school's all-time leading scorer in boys basketball and a 6' 3" Second Team selection Trent Lashua who plays center and forward and scores inside and outside.
"Brennan Harmer is a four-year varsity player who can do it all at the guard positions and Trent Lashua is a big guy who can play inside and outside. We will be looking for Brennan and Trent to carry the scoring load until some of the younger players develop," said Coach Jones.
"We don't quite have the length we had last year but we have players with good skills. We played pretty well inside against Massena in a scrimmage and they have some real size led the Firnstein boys at 6-8."
M-W's two other seniors are guards Carmen Martin and Jacob Martin who are looking to expand their roles from last year. Nick Beldock and Kyle Stoner are a pair of returning juniors. Beldock looks to provide rebounding while Stoner has improved his ballhandling to complement a good shooting touch.
Moving up from the JV team are juniors Cody Schweinberg and Sage Cordwell and sophomores Colby Beldock, Drew Harmer and Jacob Morgan.
Schweinberg is a quick on the ball defender while Cordwell looks to bring solid defense to the post.
Colby Beldock brings more skill to the backcourt, Harmer is looking to become a solid option in the post and Morgan is a very intelligent player who can play in the post or at guard.
Heuvelton (8-4 NAC, 11-9):
The Bulldogs will look to a group returning players from last's team which tied for second place in the NAC West at 8-4 which features a group of young veterans. Bryce Lake is the only senior on the squad and is expected to provide an effective post presence.
"Bryce Lake came into practice in great shape and will be a key player because as a team we are on the smallish side. But we have a lot of players with the skills to play against taller players," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"This is a very group good group to work with. They enjoy practice, the work hard all of time and they have played a lot in the offseason."
The team's other senior forward Gavin Barney and the team's junior are: forward Gavin Murray, guard Braeden Free, forward-center Josh Wrobel, center Hayden Knauf and guard Matt Basford.
Sophomores in guards Jed Crayford and Evan Felt and forward Cole Rickett are all starting their second varsity season and freshman point guard Nate Mashaw also figures in the a deep player rotation.
The Colts will return to the NAC East after the program went inactive last season. Coach Nathan Pike with two outstanding senior athletes in guard/forward Aiden Knight and guard Tim Farns. The duo leads a cast which also includes guard Billy LaPierre, guard/forward Matt Duvall, guard Teddy Farns, guard Michael Schwartzfigure, forward Harlee Besio, guard Chris Fisher and forward Noah Rousel.
Coach Matt Scott's Cougars are looking to follow up an 8-4 second place finish in the NAC West and feature a returning Second Team All-NAC selection in senior guard Joey Hart. Other seniors are: Elon Bellinger, Jordan Collett and Thorne VanBrocklin. Junior team members are: Kolby Barbarito, Cameron Rowe and Avery Whitford. Tyler Scott is the lone sophomore on the team.