Section 9 Boys Basketball Previews

Section 9 Boys Basketball Previews

By Sean Lynch

Twitter: @SeanLynch845

S9Hoops.com Creator

Scrimmages for the Section 9 Basketball season are just two days away, and the beginning of the regular season is just 15 days away!

2017-2018 was a senior-heavy season for boys basketball. This season, there’s a lot of fresh, yet familiar faces in what we all hope will be a great season.

Below, is a list of returners, graduates, last season’s record, and current coaches for all Section 9 teams.

Coaches: If you have any stats or players to add to the list — please email them to me at SeanLynch845Sports@gmail.com


Division I

Pine Bush

Coach: Steve Distefano (8th season)

2017-18 record: 19-2, S9 AA Champion

Top returners: Sr. F Latrell Lemmount, Sr. G Anthony Potts

Key losses: C Mason Memmelaar, F Bryan Powell, G Brandon Powell

Kingston

Coach: Ron Kelder (23rd season)

2017-18 record: 15-5, lost to Pine Bush in S9 AA semifinal

Top returners: Sr. G Brian Moore, Sr. F Chris Bamba, (Transfer from New Paltz): Soph. G Tiernan McCarthy-Kenney

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Kingston’s Brian Moore (#2)

Key losses: G Chris Wright, G/F Damani Thomas

Middletown

Coach: Jim Kelly (10th season)

2017-18 record: 14-6, lost to Burke Catholic in S9 AA semifinal

Top returners: Sr. G Marquis Gill, Sr. G Keon Gill, Soph. G Jalen Hammonds, Sr. G/F Ryan Rosa

Key losses: F Jayden Nicholls, F Evan Roberts

Monroe-Woodbury

Coach: Dave Powers (3rd season)

2017-18 record: 10-10, lost to Burke Catholic in S9 AA quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. G Nick Memoli, Sr. G Conor Coffey, Sr. F Chris Lulgjaraj, Jr. G Jack Harris

Key losses: G Rob Vacco, F Chance Green, G Brandon Adams, G Jayson Ongondo, C Johnny McCormick

Newburgh Free Academy

Coach: Frank Dinnocenzio (1st season, 2nd tenure with NFA)

2017-18 record: 11-10, lost to Pine Bush in S9 AA quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. F Caleb Simmons, Sr. G Izzy Williams, Sr. G Zach Barnes

Key losses: F Sam Clark, G Jake Cook, G Pete Matthews


Division II

Burke Catholic

Coach: John Kelly (3rd season)

2017-18 record: 16-4, lost to Pine Bush in S9 AA final

Top returners: Sr. G Louis Usera, Sr. G Rashad Hames

Key losses: F Kenny Primus, C Jake Pawliczak, G Tommy Garneau, G Matt Ehret, G Andre Paul 

Washingtonville

Coach: Todd Rose (13th season)

2017-18 record: 12-8, lost to Kingston in S9 AA quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. F Kareem Lubin, Jr. G Ryan Hendricks, Jr. G Ryan Graham

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Washingtonville guard (#13) Ryan Graham

Key losses: G Brendan O’Leary, G Ryan Johnson

Warwick

Coach: Joe Mackey (2nd season)

2017-18 record: 7-13, lost to Middletown in S9 AA quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. F Zac Goldstein, Sr. C Jonah Bevacqua, Sr. G Josiah Joseph

Key losses: G Connor Perez, G Jaquil Tucker

Valley Central

Coach: Eric Bartle

2017-18 record: 3-17

Top returners: Soph. G Zach Baeler

Key losses: F Dan Ferrond


Division III

Cornwall

Coach: Tom Howe (32nd season)

2017-18 record: 14-6, lost to Saugerties in S9 A semifinal

Top returners: Sr. F Will Fredericks, Sr. G Luis Ortiz, Sr. G David Russell

Key losses: F Zack Swaby; F Erik Fosstveit; F Jackson Geddes

Goshen

Coach: Mike Tangney (6th season)

2017-18 record: 7-13, lost to Red Hook in S9 A quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. G Zack Foley, Jr. G Matt Giordano, Sr. G/F Eric Romero, Jr. C Aaron Wright, Jr. G Korey Hawkins

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Goshen’s Zack Foley (#15)

Key losses: C Myles Ukoh, F Christian Bromfield

Minisink Valley

Coach: Matt Caputo (4th season)

2017-18 record: 7-13 (Class AA)

Top returners: Jr. G John Mack, Jr. F Matt Alfano, Jr. G Drew Santa Lucia, Jr. G Greg Howard

Key losses: C Kyle Filipowski, C Matt Filipowski, G Matt Koval

Monticello

Coach: Chris Russo (11th season)

2017-18 record: 9-11, lost to Cornwall in S9 A quarterfinal

Top returners: Jr. G Josh Gattling, Sr. G Khallid Sanders, Soph. G Jordan Ruggiero, (Transfer from Middletown): Sr. G Mike Russo

Key losses: G Alberto Florez, G Onyxx Clark

Port Jervis

Coach: Brian Rollman

2017-18 record: 3-16

Top returners: Sr. G Zay Stephens

Key losses: G Devin Munoz, G Henry Bowers


Division IV

Chester

Coach: Jon Marsilio

2017-18 record: 12-9, lost to Fallsburg in S9 B quarterfinal

Top returners: Jr. G/F Kevin Stein, Sr. F Jon Alfonso, Jr. G Gianni Johnson, Sr. G Colby McFarlane, Jr. G Anthony Feliz, Jr. G Joe Battiato

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Chester’s Kevin Stein (#11)

Key losses: G Hezekiah Frazier, F Josh Delgado

Fallsburg

Coach: Lionel White

2017-18 record: 12-7, lost to Marlboro in S9 B semifinal

Top returners: Sr. F Lou Blake, Jr. G Jesse Acevedo

Key losses: G Brandon Blakeney, G Rashad Nurse, F Zen Arscott

O’Neill

Coach: Debra Crowe

2017-18 record: 12-8, lost to Marlboro in S9 B quarterfinal

Top returners: Jr. G Darius Boben, Jr. G Fred Hendrix, Sr. G Tony Njoga, Soph. F Hector Borgos

Key losses: G Larry Dunn, F David Higbee

Liberty

Coach: Justen Mills

2017-18 record: 10-10

Top returners: Sr. G Bobby Mcleod, Jr. G Jerlyn Hernandez, Sr. G Ashton Barrett, Jr. F Kymanni Daniels

Key losses: G Roy Penn-Cosentino


Division V

S.S Seward

Coach: Rob Gravelle (24th season)

2017-18 record: 21-1, lost to Millbrook in S9 C final

Top returners: Sr. G Matt Stam

Key losses: G John Guerra, F Andrew Sanchez, F Bobby Verblaauw


MHAL

Saugerties (Class A)

Coach: Mike Tiano (13th season)

2017-18 record: 12-9, lost to New Paltz in S9 A final

Top returners: Sr. C Liam Schoonmaker, Sr. F Caleb Edwards

Key losses: G Dior Johnson, G Austin Curlin, G Tavin Rell

New Paltz (Class A)

Coach: Stuart Robinson

2017-18 record: 12-7, S9 A Champion 

Top returners: Sr. G Axel Rodriguez, Sr. G Casey Burke, Sr. F Kenny Verney

Key losses: F Michael Holohan

Red Hook (Class A)

Coach: Matt Hayes

2017-18 record: 11-10, lost to New Paltz in S9 A semifinal

Top returners: Sr. G Chris Yearwood, Jr. F Dylan Bayliss, Sr. F Jason Davis

Key losses: C Hunter Cole

Wallkill (Class A)

Coach: Hunter Andrews

2017-18 record: 6-14

Top returners: Sr. G Demetress Wilson, Sr. F Kevin Zawacki, Fresh. F Matthew Shea

Key losses: F Nick Wallingford, G Stefon Miller, G Mitch Kernizan

Marlboro (Class B)

Coach: Mike Koehler (14th season)

2017-18 record: 20-4, S9 B Champion

Top returners: Sr. G Sam Mongelli, Sr. G Mo Banks, C Anthony Musachio

Key losses: G Jaiden Allen, G John Perugino, G Austin Casey

Highland (Class B)

Coach: Mike Milliman

2017-18 record: 7-13, lost to Ellenville in S9 B quarterfinal

Top returners: Sr. G Dylan Barry, Sr. C Cameron Ness, Soph. G Zach Angelone

Key losses: G Dario DiValentino, F Andre Twyman

Spackenkill (Class B)

Coach: Bill Murin

2017-18 record: Unavailable record, lost to Ellenville in S9 B semifinal

Top returners: G Dhyquem Lewinson, F Connor Lee

Key losses: F Kyiev Bennermon, G Brian Heffman