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 Post subject: 2017-18 HHC Outlook
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:25 pm 

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The top 2 looks very good, the middle could have a couple of intriguing teams, and the bottom better collectively spend every free hour in the gym if they hope to be respectable.

NA- Romeo and East bring back about 42 points per game between the two of them, and the rest of the key players aside from Hibbard presumably return off a 25-4 Sectional/HHC title season. If NA is going to replace Hibbard’s ballhandling and scoring then Stevenson will have to step into a significantly bigger offensive role as a junior, Stanton and/or Starks will need to play pretty well and it wouldn’t hurt to have Southers give them something. East improved a lot as a scorer over the course of the year, but he needs to be more consistent (basically, no more key games under 5 points). To me, Hunter’s physical growth and overall improvement is the biggest key to the season- he did all you could ask for from a 160-pound freshman playing mostly in the low post last season, but if he grows a bit, gains strength and becomes more confident offensively then NA will have a very different look in the frontcourt, especially if Murphy and Hourigan continue to progress as they have.

FC- The Highlanders bring back their two leading scorers, along with another starter and several key reserves from a 19-5 season. If Barnes can become a more consistent go-to scorer as a junior, if Nichols can adequately replace Apple’s inside presence and if any of their other returning players see a significant uptick in scoring and efficiency (Gohmann, Weimer and Hobson seem the likeliest candidates from my vantage point) then FC might expect to take a step forward, record-wise, from what was already their best season in over two decades. Ultimately, if the defense can remain as good as it was last year and the offense can get a bit more explosive then they might have a chance to win something, especially considering they have NA at home in the regular season.

Jeff- Could anyone know what to expect from Jeff at this point? Things seemed to be looking up for the Red Devils heading into the sectional last season; Falkenstein was rolling, the freshmen were playing well and they were said to have a gifted athlete in Jaden Coleman returning from Rock Creek for 2017-18. Now, just a few weeks and a humiliating loss to Seymour in the sectional opener later, their coach is quite possibly out the door- and we’ve all seen the effect that kind of turmoil can have on Jeff’s roster. Just a mess of a program from an administrative standpoint, but there’s talent on hand if it chooses to stay.

BNL- The stars aren’t coming off a pretty season as Matt Seifers prepares for his 2nd year as head coach, hoping to improve upon a 9-16 squad. Fortunately for BNL, they seem to return their 3 best- and to my knowledge, only reasonably efficient- players from last season, with the most exciting probably being current freshman Brayton Bailey. If Bailey, sophomore McCall Ray and junior Isaiah Stockman can all continue to steadily improve and they can coax some kind of positive contribution out of anyone else then it should be a rebound season, of sorts. It’s hard to imagine them seriously challenging for any type of title, however.

CE- The Olympians pulled off two surprising HHC home wins last season, one against NA (sans Romeo) and another against FC, but the additional highlights were few and far between, as EC went 11-13- albeit against a fairly tough schedule (ranked 36th in the state by Sagarin)- and were bounced out of their sectional in the first round by 17 points. Their top player, Tanner McFall, is now gone- as is his top teammate, 6-7 forward Chaz Painter. Could definitely be another tough year, especially if they keep the same schedule.

JC- Despite some downright acquiescent defense, JC was able to post a winning record last season (13-11) thanks to a butt schedule (ranked 109th in the state by Sagarin) and some decent offense. The main source of that decent offense, 6’6 star forward Tyler Vogel, is now gone. To make matters worse, top supporting players Nick Amrhein and Bret Sawyer are gone, as well. The Sagarin rankings show JC’s 2016-17 squad to be the 81st best in 4A out of 100 teams- if coach Josh Land can’t do the seemingly impossible and get these kids to play some defense, they might be in the running for worst 4A team in the state.

Seymour- The Owls just might have something to say about JC’s bid for last place in the 4A Sagarin rankings. 2nd -year coach Tyler Phillips is coming off a 9-15 season that landed his squad in the 95th spot among the 100 teams in 4A according to Sagarin. All-HHC honorable mention selection Tyler Bloom is gone. However, Seymour’s other leading scorer, Alan Perry, returns and it Is worth remembering that Seymour did manage to win a sectional game for the first time in a decade last season and they do employ a style of play that can keep them in more games than their talent alone would dictate, so maybe they can get out of the cellar among 4A teams if everything goes right. Coach Phillips will have his hands full, though, trying to make this team decent.

Madison- I never saw Madison play last season, and all I know about them is that they were awful compared to the 4A competition they faced in the HHC, going 0-7 in conference.

 Post subject: Re: 2017-18 HHC Outlook
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:23 am 

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Nice Job...NATroll12. Enjoyed the view of the future.

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