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December 19, 2013

Basketball, hockey previews

Astros, Lancers ready for the winter season

(Continued)

Captains: Brandi Bonneau, Colleen Fortier, Kayla Stacy

Candidates: 50

Returning leaders: Val Martin 9.4 ppg, Brandi Bonneau 7.0 ppg, Kayla Stacy 6.3 ppg, Colleen Fortier 5.8 ppg, Corina Moore 5.3 ppg

Returning honorees: Val Martin, Division 1 HM

Fast facts: Lani Buskey, a 10-year assistant coach, replaces John Barry, who went 273-94 in 16 seasons. The third-seeded Astros were stunned 40-39 in OT by No. 14 Memorial in the first round last year. Kayla and Marissa Stacy are sisters.

Assistants: Doug Mixon; Kristen Abbott (JV), Kathie Garrish (freshmen)

Coach Lani Buskey (1st year): “We have a lot of weapons and it will be about using all those weapons and playing some really strong Pinkerton defense.”

Boys basketball

Londonderry

2012-2013 season: 6-16, lost Division 1 first round

Returning starters (1): Cody Ball, 6-0, junior, guard

Returning lettermen: Max Coleman, 6-3, senior, forward; Ben Parker, 5-9, senior, guard; Alex Champa, 5-9, senior, guard; Grant Peters, 6-3, senior, forward; Nick Stevens, 6-3, senior, forward; Brendan Enright, 6-3, senior, forward; Joe Kwiatkowski, 6-3, junior, forward

Promising newcomers: Drew Coveney, 5-9, senior, guard; Marc Corey, 6-4, junior, forward; Eric Fairweather, 5-10, junior, guard; Nate Gaw, 5-9, sophomore, guard; Jake Coleman, 5-8, freshman, guard; Caleb Green, 5-8, freshman, guard

Captains: Drew Coveney

Candidates: 55

Returning leaders: None

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Marc Corey is the son of assistant school superintendent Andy Corey, the former Salem High coach. Former Salem standout and assistant coach Nate Stanton takes over for Jeff Gustavson, who was 39-41 in four seasons. Drew Coveney, who hit 27 three-pointers as a sophomore, returns for his senior campaign after missing all of last year with a knee injury.

Assistant coaches: Jeff Starratt, varsity; Matt Noon, JV; Tony Ellis, freshmen

Coach Nate Stanton (first year): “The goal is to change the culture here and be a top contender during tournament time.”

Pinkerton

2012-2013 season: 6-15, didn’t make tourney

Returning starters (1): Luke Rosinski 6-7, freshman, forward

Returning lettermen: Jeremy Dietzel, 6-0, senior, guard; Andrew Lechner, 6-2, senior, guard; Daniel Courter, 6-3, senior, forward

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