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TOWNSEND — After losing four starters to graduation, the North Middlesex boys basketball team will have a new look in 2009. Coach Erik Dellasanta enters his fifth season at the helm with a young squad that is working hard to improve upon last season’s 6-14 record and to make a run at post-season play.

“Our goal is to make the Districts,” said Dellasanta. “The kids believe we can get there, and if they believe we’ve got a chance. The key to the season is competing within our league and winning our non-league games. We will press and run and we want to create an up-tempo game. We will play a lot of kids and try to utilize our depth.”

The probable starters for the Patriots this season figure to be junior Matt Foley at center, senior captain Robbie Woodward and junior captain Scott Cavanaugh at the forwards, and junior captain Drew Dion and junior Mark Schulze at the guards. Dion is a returning starter while Foley and Schulze are up from the junior varsity team, while Cavanaugh and Woodward came off the bench at the varsity level last season.

“Matt is aggressive, athletic and is improved in all departments,” said Dellasanta. “He has good post moves, is physical and he has made a big impression.

“Robbie is athletic, experienced and has a good shot,” said Dellasanta. “He also can take the ball strong to the basket.

“Scott is a versatile player who does all the little things,” said Dellasanta. “He is a competitor and is our best team defensive player. He is smart and team orientated.

“Drew will be our focal point at times,” said Dellasanta. “He is experienced and has been involved in the battle at this level. He handles the ball well, takes the ball to the basket and is a good shooter with three point range.

“Mark is smart and savvy,” said Dellasanta. “He handles the ball well, has a good shot and understands where to be. He also makes good decisions.”

The next six players on the roster provide depth and options – junior guard Colin Cenedella and sophomores Brian Magee (guard/forward), Kevin Marciano (guard), David Lorden (center), Dylan Kimbar (forward) and Kyle McDermott (guard). All six played for the junior varsity team last season.

“Colin is athletic, plays good defense and can get up and down the court,” said Dellasanta. “Brian has good size, is athletic and tough and can shoot from three point range. He has a big upside. Kevin is quick and aggressive and handles the ball well. He combines the ability to slash to the basket with a nice shot complete with range. David is a hard working player with good size. He is strong and improved and is an excellent touch shooter. Dylan is athletic, aggressive and fearless. He has a big motor and always gives 100 percent effort. Kyle is athletic and has a good jump shot. He is a streaky offensive player who needs to become more consistent, but he will provide strong offense off the bench.”

A pair of junior forwards, Trevor Thompson and Chris Scott, are looking to create a niche on this year’s team. Thompson played on the junior varsity team in 2008 while Scott didn’t play.

What are the strengths of this year’s team?

“I think that we have more skills this season,” said Dellasanta. “I think that our court sense is better this season. We have a lot of kids who are die-hard basketball players, and I really like the coachability of the kids and the chemistry this team has. My concern heading into the season is experience at the varsity level that comes with losing four starters.

“I love this group of kids,” said Dellasanta. “They’ve shown the dedication to put themselves into position to win. They come to work hard every day and want to improve. It is vital that we play up-tempo basketball and try to utilize the depth we have on the roster. The opportunity is here this season for a number of kids to contribute. am really looking forward to this season.”

BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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TOWNSEND — After losing four starters to graduation, the North Middlesex boys basketball team will have a new look in 2009. Coach Erik Dellasanta enters his fifth season at the helm with a young squad that is working hard to improve upon last season’s 6-14 record and to make a run at post-season play.

“Our goal is to make the Districts,” said Dellasanta. “The kids believe we can get there, and if they believe we’ve got a chance. The key to the season is competing within our league and winning our non-league games. We will press and run and we want to create an up-tempo game. We will play a lot of kids and try to utilize our depth.”

The probable starters for the Patriots this season figure to be junior Matt Foley at center, senior captain Robbie Woodward and junior captain Scott Cavanaugh at the forwards, and junior captain Drew Dion and junior Mark Schulze at the guards. Dion is a returning starter while Foley and Schulze are up from the junior varsity team, while Cavanaugh and Woodward came off the bench at the varsity level last season.

“Matt is aggressive, athletic and is improved in all departments,” said Dellasanta. “He has good post moves, is physical and he has made a big impression.

“Robbie is athletic, experienced and has a good shot,” said Dellasanta. “He also can take the ball strong to the basket.

“Scott is a versatile player who does all the little things,” said Dellasanta. “He is a competitor and is our best team defensive player. He is smart and team orientated.

“Drew will be our focal point at times,” said Dellasanta. “He is experienced and has been involved in the battle at this level. He handles the ball well, takes the ball to the basket and is a good shooter with three point range.

“Mark is smart and savvy,” said Dellasanta. “He handles the ball well, has a good shot and understands where to be. He also makes good decisions.”

The next six players on the roster provide depth and options – junior guard Colin Cenedella and sophomores Brian Magee (guard/forward), Kevin Marciano (guard), David Lorden (center), Dylan Kimbar (forward) and Kyle McDermott (guard). All six played for the junior varsity team last season.

“Colin is athletic, plays good defense and can get up and down the court,” said Dellasanta. “Brian has good size, is athletic and tough and can shoot from three point range. He has a big upside. Kevin is quick and aggressive and handles the ball well. He combines the ability to slash to the basket with a nice shot complete with range. David is a hard working player with good size. He is strong and improved and is an excellent touch shooter. Dylan is athletic, aggressive and fearless. He has a big motor and always gives 100 percent effort. Kyle is athletic and has a good jump shot. He is a streaky offensive player who needs to become more consistent, but he will provide strong offense off the bench.”

A pair of junior forwards, Trevor Thompson and Chris Scott, are looking to create a niche on this year’s team. Thompson played on the junior varsity team in 2008 while Scott didn’t play.

What are the strengths of this year’s team?

“I think that we have more skills this season,” said Dellasanta. “I think that our court sense is better this season. We have a lot of kids who are die-hard basketball players, and I really like the coachability of the kids and the chemistry this team has. My concern heading into the season is experience at the varsity level that comes with losing four starters.

“I love this group of kids,” said Dellasanta. “They’ve shown the dedication to put themselves into position to win. They come to work hard every day and want to improve. It is vital that we play up-tempo basketball and try to utilize the depth we have on the roster. The opportunity is here this season for a number of kids to contribute. am really looking forward to this season.”

Boys Basketball Preview
Boys Basketball Preview
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TOWNSEND — After losing four starters to graduation, the North Middlesex boys basketball team will have a new look in 2009. Coach Erik Dellasanta enters his fifth season at the helm with a young squad that is working hard to improve upon last season’s 6-14 record and to make a run at post-season play.

“Our goal is to make the Districts,” said Dellasanta. “The kids believe we can get there, and if they believe we’ve got a chance. The key to the season is competing within our league and winning our non-league games. We will press and run and we want to create an up-tempo game. We will play a lot of kids and try to utilize our depth.”

The probable starters for the Patriots this season figure to be junior Matt Foley at center, senior captain Robbie Woodward and junior captain Scott Cavanaugh at the forwards, and junior captain Drew Dion and junior Mark Schulze at the guards. Dion is a returning starter while Foley and Schulze are up from the junior varsity team, while Cavanaugh and Woodward came off the bench at the varsity level last season.

“Matt is aggressive, athletic and is improved in all departments,” said Dellasanta. “He has good post moves, is physical and he has made a big impression.

“Robbie is athletic, experienced and has a good shot,” said Dellasanta. “He also can take the ball strong to the basket.

“Scott is a versatile player who does all the little things,” said Dellasanta. “He is a competitor and is our best team defensive player. He is smart and team orientated.

“Drew will be our focal point at times,” said Dellasanta. “He is experienced and has been involved in the battle at this level. He handles the ball well, takes the ball to the basket and is a good shooter with three point range.

“Mark is smart and savvy,” said Dellasanta. “He handles the ball well, has a good shot and understands where to be. He also makes good decisions.”

The next six players on the roster provide depth and options – junior guard Colin Cenedella and sophomores Brian Magee (guard/forward), Kevin Marciano (guard), David Lorden (center), Dylan Kimbar (forward) and Kyle McDermott (guard). All six played for the junior varsity team last season.

“Colin is athletic, plays good defense and can get up and down the court,” said Dellasanta. “Brian has good size, is athletic and tough and can shoot from three point range. He has a big upside. Kevin is quick and aggressive and handles the ball well. He combines the ability to slash to the basket with a nice shot complete with range. David is a hard working player with good size. He is strong and improved and is an excellent touch shooter. Dylan is athletic, aggressive and fearless. He has a big motor and always gives 100 percent effort. Kyle is athletic and has a good jump shot. He is a streaky offensive player who needs to become more consistent, but he will provide strong offense off the bench.”

A pair of junior forwards, Trevor Thompson and Chris Scott, are looking to create a niche on this year’s team. Thompson played on the junior varsity team in 2008 while Scott didn’t play.

What are the strengths of this year’s team?

“I think that we have more skills this season,” said Dellasanta. “I think that our court sense is better this season. We have a lot of kids who are die-hard basketball players, and I really like the coachability of the kids and the chemistry this team has. My concern heading into the season is experience at the varsity level that comes with losing four starters.

“I love this group of kids,” said Dellasanta. “They’ve shown the dedication to put themselves into position to win. They come to work hard every day and want to improve. It is vital that we play up-tempo basketball and try to utilize the depth we have on the roster. The opportunity is here this season for a number of kids to contribute. am really looking forward to this season.”

BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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TOWNSEND — After losing four starters to graduation, the North Middlesex boys basketball team will have a new look in 2009. Coach Erik Dellasanta enters his fifth season at the helm with a young squad that is working hard to improve upon last season’s 6-14 record and to make a run at post-season play.

“Our goal is to make the Districts,” said Dellasanta. “The kids believe we can get there, and if they believe we’ve got a chance. The key to the season is competing within our league and winning our non-league games. We will press and run and we want to create an up-tempo game. We will play a lot of kids and try to utilize our depth.”

The probable starters for the Patriots this season figure to be junior Matt Foley at center, senior captain Robbie Woodward and junior captain Scott Cavanaugh at the forwards, and junior captain Drew Dion and junior Mark Schulze at the guards. Dion is a returning starter while Foley and Schulze are up from the junior varsity team, while Cavanaugh and Woodward came off the bench at the varsity level last season.

“Matt is aggressive, athletic and is improved in all departments,” said Dellasanta. “He has good post moves, is physical and he has made a big impression.

“Robbie is athletic, experienced and has a good shot,” said Dellasanta. “He also can take the ball strong to the basket.

“Scott is a versatile player who does all the little things,” said Dellasanta. “He is a competitor and is our best team defensive player. He is smart and team orientated.

“Drew will be our focal point at times,” said Dellasanta. “He is experienced and has been involved in the battle at this level. He handles the ball well, takes the ball to the basket and is a good shooter with three point range.

“Mark is smart and savvy,” said Dellasanta. “He handles the ball well, has a good shot and understands where to be. He also makes good decisions.”

The next six players on the roster provide depth and options – junior guard Colin Cenedella and sophomores Brian Magee (guard/forward), Kevin Marciano (guard), David Lorden (center), Dylan Kimbar (forward) and Kyle McDermott (guard). All six played for the junior varsity team last season.

“Colin is athletic, plays good defense and can get up and down the court,” said Dellasanta. “Brian has good size, is athletic and tough and can shoot from three point range. He has a big upside. Kevin is quick and aggressive and handles the ball well. He combines the ability to slash to the basket with a nice shot complete with range. David is a hard working player with good size. He is strong and improved and is an excellent touch shooter. Dylan is athletic, aggressive and fearless. He has a big motor and always gives 100 percent effort. Kyle is athletic and has a good jump shot. He is a streaky offensive player who needs to become more consistent, but he will provide strong offense off the bench.”

A pair of junior forwards, Trevor Thompson and Chris Scott, are looking to create a niche on this year’s team. Thompson played on the junior varsity team in 2008 while Scott didn’t play.

What are the strengths of this year’s team?

“I think that we have more skills this season,” said Dellasanta. “I think that our court sense is better this season. We have a lot of kids who are die-hard basketball players, and I really like the coachability of the kids and the chemistry this team has. My concern heading into the season is experience at the varsity level that comes with losing four starters.

“I love this group of kids,” said Dellasanta. “They’ve shown the dedication to put themselves into position to win. They come to work hard every day and want to improve. It is vital that we play up-tempo basketball and try to utilize the depth we have on the roster. The opportunity is here this season for a number of kids to contribute. am really looking forward to this season.”