presents the YAIAA Division IV boys' basketball preview capsules:


   Coach: Steve Elsier (4th season)
   2011-12 record: 3-19, 2-13
Returning starters
   Jacob Heiland (6-4, Sr., C, 8.7 points), Zack Sheets (6-2, Jr., G, 7.1 points), Koby Griest (6-2, Jr., F, 5.1 points)
Others to watch
   Joel Redding (6-0, Jr., F), Isaiah Shirley (5-10, Sr., G), Adam Lowe (5-9, Sr., G)
   The skinny: The Canners will not have their leading scorer from last season, Casey Ayers, but do return three starters with plenty of experience. Shirley and Redding appeared in 20 and 19 games, respectively, last season.

"I think our team's strength is in the fact we actually have some good talent and really solid numbers coming up through," Elsier said. "We also have some nice height and coachable kids."

One of Biglerville's goals this season will be shoring up a defense which allowed 61 points per game last season, and Elsier expects Shirley to play a large role in that.


However, the coach added the team must stay away from foul trouble to be effective.
-- Chuck Curley

Delone Catholic

   Coach: Jim Dooley (10th season)
   2011-12 record: 18-9, 11-4
Returning starters
   Brett Smith (5-10, Sr., G, 15.7 points, PIAA Class AA second team), Tanner Orndorff (6-0, Sr, G/F, 4.8 points), Andrew Austin (6-2, Jr., F/C, 6.2 points).
Others to watch
   Devin Altland (6-2, Sr., G/F), Devon Moore (6-2, So., G), Billy Kilkelly (6-2, Jr., C), Jake Wiles (6-2, So., G/F), Sam Stephan (5-10, Sr., G), Joe Ames (5-10, Jr., G)
   The skinny: The return of Smith alone would give Delone Catholic fans reason to expect another good season.

However, the addition of Moore, the brother of Duke University freshman women's player Sierra Moore, adds a new dimension, though he is coming back from a knee injury.

"We have an outstanding point guard, solid senior leadership and talented underclassmen," said Dooley, referring to Moore's new role. The coach added team chemistry and discipline will be keys to whether the Squires can repeat as District 3 Class AA champions.
-- Chuck Curley

Green Knights

   Coach: Andy Winebrenner (2nd season)
   2011-12 record: 2-20, 0-15
Returning starters
   Quintin Smith (5-11, Sr., G, 8.2 points), Thomas Bollinger (5-10, Sr., G, 5.2 points), Zach Ott (5-9, Sr., G, 2.1 points).
Others to watch
   Derek Whalen (6-0, Sr., F), Jarett Shoemaker (5-11, So., G), Mason Flickinger (5-11, So., G), Nick Grams (5-11, So., G), Cody Johnson (5-10, Jr., G), Chandler Dashiell (5-10, So., G), Mike Quealy (5-10, So., G), Connor Scherle (6-0, So., F).
   The skinny: The Green Knights will look again to Smith for offense after the senior scored 37 of his 69 baskets from 3-point range last season.

Smith and Bollinger were the only two players to score more than 100 points in 2011-12, and the Green Knights again feature a young squad lacking varsity experience.

However, because the Knights' numbers are better, Winebrenner hopes to increase the pace of play and that his squad benefits from greater competition in practice.

Whalen leads the frontcourt corps after he was hurt during his junior campaign.
-- Chuck Curley


   Coach: Nathan Myers (6th season)
   2011-12 record: 12-12, 6-9
Returning starters
   Nick Trish (5-10, Jr., G)
Others to watch
   Clay Reichart (6-1, Sr., F), Austin Brown (6-3, Sr., F), Jose Gonzalez (6-0, Sr., G), Alex Williams (6-0, Sr., F), Drew Vogel (6-1, Sr., F).
   The skinny: The Nighthawks, who won 21 games in 2010-11 and made the District 3 tournament last season, is entering a transition with the graduation of five key players. They include Jordan Banks, who led the team with 18.5 points per game last season.

Trish, who was the team's third-leading scorer a season ago, returns to lead a team of seniors with limited varsity experience. Vogel appeared in every game last season, while Brown played in 23 games.

"We hope to work hard and improve every time we are in the gym," Myers said. "How quickly this group can gain varsity experience is a key to our success after graduating four starters."
-- Chuck Curley

York Catholic
Fighting Irish

   Coach: Joe Keesey (5th season)
   2011-12 record: 18-9, 13-2
Returning starters
   James Dougherty (5-9, Sr., G), Aaron O'Brien (6-1, Sr., F), Joe Rost (5-9, Sr., G)
Others to watch
   Andrew Devlin (6-0, Sr., G)
   The skinny: After graduating a number of seniors, including all-stars Michael Sperring and Mark Burnside, the Irish are once again senior-heavy.

A total of seven seniors make up this year's York Catholic team, one that won the Division IV crown last season. That group also was the District 3 Class AA runner-up, before ending its season with a first-round loss in the PIAA tournament.

Keesey believes the defensive unit should be better this season but is concerned about the offense and rebounding because of a lack of size. Sperring led the Irish last season with 13.1 points per game. He also stood 6-foot-4. Burnside was 6-6 and chipped in 11.5 points.

The three returning starters -- Dougherty, O'Brien and Rost -- will try to take the lead offensively for a team that averaged 54.7 points per game.

"I am curious to see if we improve like I think we can during the year," Keesey said.
-- Ryan Dixon

York County Tech

   Coach: Terry Wallace (3rd season)
   2011-12 record: 4-18, 4-11
Returning starters
   Ron Henderson (5-10, Sr., G), Londell McGhee (6-4, Sr., C), Patricia Claudio (5-10, Sr., G)
Others to watch
   Ryan Ford (6-1,Sr., F), Raquan Smith (5-10, Sr., G)
   The skinny: Three senior starters return to guide the Spartans. Last season, York Tech allowed 59.1 points per game and scored an average of 50.9. The high point of last season came when the Spartans swept both Fairfield and Biglerville. Tech registered back-to-back wins against Fairfield and Biglerville in January and once again to end the season in February.

One of Wallace's concerns entering the season is his team's ability to score. In York Tech's four wins last season, it averaged 64.7 points, nearly 14 points above its season average. Henderson, who averaged a team-high 12.1 points a game last season, will be looked to guide the Spartans offense again this season.
-- Ryan Dixon

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