BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES SESSULESS

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THE VALLEY DISPATCH, DRACUT

League: Merrimack Valley Conference, Div. 2.

Last Season: 8-12, lost to Salem in Div. 2 North first round

Returning Starters: Torrance Scott, sr., 6-4, f-c

Other Returning Lettermen: Kyle Monbleau, sr., 5-10, g; Kyle Dolliver, sr., 6-3, f; Jeff Levesque, sr., 6-5, c

Promising Newcomers: Tim Bent, jr., 6-1, f; Jimmy Tully, so., 5-11, g; Jeremy Driscoll, fr., 6-1, g; Derek Driscoll, so., 6-3, f; Andrew Graham, jr., 5-10, g; Adam Stec, jr., 6-1, f; Ricky Hubley, jr., 5-10, g

Opener: Dec. 16 at Tewksbury

Coach Mike Paquette (7th season): “We are relatively young but with strong senior leadership. These probably have been the best practices we’ve had since I’ve been here. (With Lawrence moving up (to MVC Div. 1) I think every team has a legitimate shot to win Div. 2.”

PELHAM

League: New Hampshire Class I

Last Season: 23-2, lost to Hollis-Brookline in N.H. Class I title game.

Returning Starters: James Roman, sr., 6-3, f; Frank Hojlo, sr., 5-9, g; Jeff Maguire, sr., 6-0, f

Other Returning Lettermen: James Farris, sr., 6-0, g; Aaron Lastoff, sr., 6-3, f; Dan Marcum, sr., 5-9, g; Zach Lynde, sr., 6-0, f; Dustin Hirsch, sr., 6-1, f

Promising Newcomers: Mark Catalano, jr., 5-8, g; Kris Fournier, jr., 6-4, c; Kyle Roman, jr., 6-0, f; Tim Mallard, jr., 6-0, f; Justin Hojlo, fr., 5-9 g

Opener: Dec. 13 at Kingswood Regional

Coach Todd Kress (7th season): “Even though we moved up a division last year (from Class M to Class I), we had everybody back. This year we have some holes to fill. We’ll miss Tim Costa and Derik Munoz. Bow High School is definitely the team to beat in Class I. Last year they were 16-2 and they return the whole kitchen. Bow, Kearsarge and Oyster River are probably the Big Three. We’re kind of in the next group of four or five teams.”