CHESTERTOWN - A year ago, North Warren Boys Basketball Coach Jason Humiston was guarded about the prospects of his team in the ultra-competitive Adirondack League.
In that 2009 interview, he cited the talents of his players as they sought to recapture the glory of the 2007-08 season when they thrilled their fans with aggressive play and ended up a Section II Class D finalist.
The following two years were rebuilding years - last year the Cougars tallied a 4-14 record - and now the team has a core of experienced veterans who may take the team back on a pathway to glory.
Last year's team, averaged only 26 points per game - perhaps due to a shortage of tall players.
The group had no lack of heart, however, Humiston said.
"They had a lot of fight in them," he said, recalling a loss by only one point to League-champion Corinth. "We were in a lot of games."
This year, North Warren has two 6'3" players - Senior Travis Monroe and Junior Benn Frasier - allowing more flexibility in offense, Humiston said.
"We'll be able to spread the floor a bit, move the players around," he said.
Monroe and Frasier, who's known for his rebounding, are joined by veteran Senior standouts Joe Aiken and Bryan Beckler.
Humiston said he was expecting solid play from the other players as well.
"The team works well together," he said. "We may have started out a little rusty, but we've been 'clicking' lately."
Humiston said one key element to success will be for the team to rehearse the Cougars' complex plays so well they're 'second nature' with the group.
"It will take us a couple of weeks to get into our rhythm," he said, noting that the team's collective experience would help them accomplish their goals.
Humiston added that the team needed to ramp up its effort on offense by grabbing the rebounds and sinking the baskets.
"It comes down to making the shots," he said. "If our jump shots aren't falling, we've got to find a way to get to the basket - last year we were outside too much."
North Warren Cougars
2010-11 Boys Basketball Schedule
Dec. 10 Hartford Central Away 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 Hadley Luzerne Home 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 Salem Central Away 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21 Corinth Central Away 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 Fort Ann Central Home 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Whitehall Central Home 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 Lake George Home 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 Argyle Central Home 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 Warrensburg Away 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Fort Edward Away 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 Bolton Central Home 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 Hadley Luzerne Away 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Corinth Central Home 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 Lake George Away 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 Warrensburg Away 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 Crossover Games TBA 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Lge.Chmpshps. TBA TBA
North Warren Cougars
2010-11 Varsity Boys Basketball Roster
Joe Aiken Sr. Fwd. 6'1"
Bryan Beckler Sr. Gd./Fwd. 6'1"
Travis Monroe Sr. Fwd. 6'3"
Benn Frasier Jr. Fwd. 6'3"
Karl Brugger Jr. Gd./Fwd. 6'2"
Ethan Schenke So. Grd. 5'6"
Ian Underwood Fr. Grd. 5'7"
Nick Sapienza 8th Grd. 5'7"
Coach: Jason Humiston
Asst. Coaches: Jeremy Whipple, Josh Gifford, Chris Gibson