By Fred Herbst
CROWN POINT - Boasting the biggest player in the area, the Crown Point boys basketball team has size. What may surprise rivals is the Panthers' speed.
"We have some size, but we are very, very fast," Coach Randy Mandy said. "We have 11 players on our team this year. All will be counted on to step up."
John Eric Budwick led Crown Point to a 12-6 overall and 8-3 Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference record last winter. The 6-foot-8 center is back along with his 18.2 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists a game.
The Panthers will also have an experienced backcourt. Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus, Cody Wayman and Max Mesones all return at guard. They're joined by rookie Caleb McGuiness.
At forward are newcomers Juan Mosquera, Nate Tabor, Doug Marshall, Jeff Clarke and Tanner Macey.
The new players were the nucleus of a modified team that went 16-0 last season.
"John (Budwick) will be asked to do a lot," Mandy acknowledged. "Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus and Cody Wayman will be counted on to have a good year. Max Mesones has a lot of hustle and is a very good defensive player."
Mosquera is a strong shooter and should make an immediate impact, Mandy said. Tabor, Marshall, Clarke, Macey and McGuiness will also contribute, the coach said.
"We look forward to another great season," Mandy said.
Assisting Mandy with the coaching duties is John Budwick Sr.
Dec. 1...at Keene
Dec. 4...Moriah Tournament
Dec. 5...Moriah Tournament
Dec. 11...at Bolton
Dec. 15...at Schroon Lake
Jan. 6..at Willsboro
Jan. 13...at Westport
Jan. 15...at ELCS
Jan. 21...Indian-Long Lake
Feb. 3...at Chazy
Jan. 29...Lake Placid