presents the YAIAA Division III boys' basketball preview capsules:

Bermudian Springs

   Coach: Tom Flaherty (15th season)
   2011-12 record: 18-6, 12-2
Returning starters
   Silas Murren (5-10, Sr., G, 5.6 points), Brandon Markle (6-2, Sr., G, 2.1 points), Zach Stroup (5-10, Sr., G, 8.5 points), Dalton Horst (6-1, Sr., C, 1.1 points)
Others to watch
   Neil Murren (5-10, Jr., G), Austin Hartzell (5-10, Jr., G), Alex Orwig (5-10, Jr., G), Alex Huntington, 5-10, Jr., G)
   The skinny: The Eagles are coming off their best season since 2002-03, and four starters return from that team, which won 18 games despite no players averaging in double figures.

Stroup is recovering from a collarbone injury suffered during football season, so the Eagles will likely turn again to a defense which allowed fewer than 44 points per game last season.

The Eagles also hope to regain their accuracy at the foul line after shooting 71 percent from the free-throw line last season.
-- Chuck Curley

Eastern York
Golden Knights

   Coach: Jon Reichard (2nd season)
   2011-12 record: 8-14, 7-7
Returning starters
   Dalton Reichard (5-10, Sr. G., 14.5 points)
Others to watch
   Travis Solomon (6-0, Sr.), Cody Bollinger (5-10, Sr.), Travis Knaub (5-11, Jr.), Christian Buser (6-5, Jr., 3 points, 7 rebounds), Broguen Nicholas (5-10 Fr.), Jacob Kessler (6-2, So.), Grum Kebede (6-1, Jr.)
   The skinny: Dalton Reichard is going to score for the Golden Knights, but who else will step up to help him out? Reichard, a 5-10 senior guard, earned an all-star nod last season by averaging 14.5 points per game. He has started since his sophomore year and can fill it up from the perimeter.

But it's a far way from the successful teams the Golden Knights had during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Eastern York is dominated by perimeter players and will need to find different ways to score in order to improve from last season's 7-15 finish. It's still unclear who can step up and help with the scoring.

Buser could be a difference maker. At 6-5, Buser grabbed seven rebounds a game last season and provides the team a front-court presence.
-- Jonas Fortune


   Coach: Scott Motter (1st season)
   2011-12 record: 4-17, 3-11
Returning starters
Others to watch
   Braden Becker (6-4, Sr., C), Ryan Kehr (6-0, Sr., G), Austin Towner (6-2, Jr., F), Ryan Zimmerman (5-8, Sr., G), Zekiel Alejandrez (5-11, Sr., G), Trevor Hildebrand (6-0, Jr., G/F), Ryan Strevig (5-7, Jr., G), Garrett Trout (6-1, Jr., F), Lucas Reynolds (6-2, So., F).
   The skinny: With a new coaching staff, including new assistant coach Brian Storm, and a new lineup, the Thunderbolts will attempt to improve their standing with players with limited varsity experience.

The cupboard isn't bare. Kehr and Becker appeared in 19 and 18 games, respectively, last season while Towner appeared in 14.

However, no returning player scored more than 97 points last season.

"The Bolts this year will be making every effort to try and gain some respect back from the league," Motter said about a squad that will attempt to end a 12-game losing streak when the season begins.
-- Chuck Curley



   Coach: John Zerfing (4th season)
   2011-12 record: 9-13, 8-6
Returning starters
   Tyler Brooks (6-0, Sr., G, 8.5 points, 3 rebounds)
Others to watch
   Tim Frey (6-0, Sr., F, 3.3 points), Justin McLee (6-0, Sr., F, 3.4ppg), Dan Ferraro (6-1, Jr., F, 2.5 points), Calloway Hatcher (5-8, Jr., G) Bryan Kerr (6-0, Jr., F), Jay Hughes (5-10, Jr., G)
   The skinny: Where will Susquehannock's points come from this season? Brooks, who averaged 8.5, is the only starter returning, but Zerfing expects to have a balanced attack with his newcomers.

Ferraro, Frey and McLee will all have expanded roles. Ferraro can hit the 3 or post up smaller guards with his 6-1 frame. Frey will play more inside and McClee is a player who can run the floor and score in transition.

The Warriors will be a transition team. With little height on the roster, they will have to run the floor and push the tempo to be effective.

Ferraro and Kerr (6-0) give the team its best size options. Kerr is expected bring toughness and aggressiveness inside, where he will be a factor in rebounding and putbacks. Kerr, Hatcher and Hughes all played junior varsity last season.
-- Jonas Fortune

York Suburban

   Coach: Dustin Boeckel (1st season)
   2011-12 record: 23-6, 13-1
Returning starters
   Evan Eberhardinger (6-2, Sr. F, 12 points)
Others to watch
   Isaiah Randall (5-10, Sr., F), Manny McDowell (5-9, Jr., G), C.J. Boxley (5-8, So., G)
   The skinny: York Suburban is following a familiar narrative throughout the YAIAA this season. The Trojans lost four starters to graduation and their longtime coach, Tom Triggs. And, like Dallastown in Division I, Suburban is promoting from within.

Boeckel, last season's junior varsity coach, takes the helm for his first season with the Trojans. A Suburban graduate, he knows the team and its players well. Those relationships could serve him well this year.

Eberhardinger is the lone returning starter. He averaged 12 points a game last season. Randall, McDowell and Boxley were all on the varsity roster last season and are expected to step up this year.

The Trojans have had three coaches in their 43-year existence. Boeckel, 33, follows Joe Hassenfuss (1969-99) and Triggs (1999-2012). Boeckel played under Hassenfuss, who is expected to be an assistant coach.
-- Jonas Fortune

More YAIAA previews

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