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WVC DIVISION 1 BERWICK

Coach: Bill Phillips

Last year: 8-14 overall; 4-9 WVC; Played in Division 2

Postseason: Last was 2011 loss to Scranton Prep, 47-35, in D2-3A quarterfinals

Team stats: 33.2 ppg; 38.2 pa; 56.5 FT pct; 0.9 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Geena Palermo (4.8 ppg)

Players to watch: Caty Davenport, honorable mention WVC, 5-8, G, Sr. (team-high 7.4 ppg, 60.2 FT pct); Kelly Sheptock, second team WVC, 5-10, F, Sr. (7.3 ppg); Margaret Bridge, 5-11, F, Sr. (4.3 ppg, team-high 12 threes); Alexis Steeber, 5-10, F, So. (3.4 ppg, team-high 75.0 FT pct); Allison Rinehimer, 5-6, G, Jr. (2.5 ppg); Bri Floryshak, 5-7, G, So. (2.3 ppg)

Outlook: A new division offers new challenges for the Bulldogs, who lost just one player who saw significant time. In all, nine players on the roster have started a game for Berwick, and returning players accounted for 86 percent of the Bulldogs’ scoring last season. This year’s squad has just three seniors, so the Bulldogs are still fairly young.

COUGHLIN

Coach: Tony George

Last year: 2-20; 0-13 WVC

Postseason: Last was 2010 loss to West Scranton, 53-26, in D2-3A first round

Team stats: 22.5 ppg; 46.2 pa; 41.9 FT pct; 2.0 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Dannah Hayward, honorable mention WVC (6.3 ppg, team-high 18 threes); Danielle Georgetti (3.4 ppg); Cayla Sebastian (3.3 ppg); Kayla Eaton (3.1 ppg)

Players to watch: Marissa Ross, Jr. (team-high 6.8 ppg); Danielle Lavary, Jr.

Outlook: The Crusaders are rebuilding the program, bringing back just two players who saw varsity time last season. Ross was the team’s leading scorer through 12 games last year. There are 12 players on the roster, but eight are freshmen and two others are sophomores.

CRESTWOOD

Coach: Isiah Walker

Last year: 14-8 overall; 8-5 WVC

Postseason: Lost 61-43 to Honesdale in D2-3A quarterfinals

Team stats: 51.6 ppg; 41.6 pa; 59.5 FT pct; 4.2 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Kayla Gegaris, first team WVC (8.5 ppg, 24 threes); Sarah Andrews, second team WVC (6.2 ppg); Amy Jesikiewicz, honorable mention WVC (2.9 ppg, 13 threes); Carly Hislop (2.5 ppg)

Players to watch: Sydney Myers, first team WVC, 6-0, F, Sr. (team-high 12.0 ppg); Rebecca Rutkowski, second team WVC, 6-1, F, Jr. (6.6 ppg); Taryn Wojnar, honorable mention WVC, 5-7, G, Jr. (5.0 ppg); Carina Mazzoni, honorable mention WVC, 5-8, G, Sr. (3.7 ppg, 15 threes); Gabby Lutz, honorable mention WVC, 5-9, F, Sr. (1.6 ppg)

Outlook: Plenty of talent is back despite losing five players. Walker said this is the first time he’s had 20 in the program in his tenure, and he expects to utilize his depth. Myers and Rutkowski are both at least 6-foot, as is freshman Maddy Ritsick, so there is size. The Comets did lose 45 percent of their three-point goals from last season, but have a number of shooters ready to fill those roles. Team has four seniors.

DALLAS

Coach: Kelly Johnson

Last year: 14-8 overall; 8-5 WVC; Played in Division 2

Postseason: Lost 53-51 to Honesdale in D2-3A semifinals

Team stats: 50.6 ppg; 40.4 pa; 57.5 FT pct; 2.5 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Sara Flaherty, honorable mention WVC (4.4 ppg); Sabrina Zurek (2.3 ppg); Gabbie Volpetti (1.5 ppg)

Players to watch: Ashley Dunbar, Division 2 POY, 5-6, G, Sr. (team-high 13.1 ppg, 63.7 FT pct); Tanner Englehart, first team WVC, 5-10, F, Sr. (7.7 ppg); Jessica Hiscox, second team WVC, 5-6, G, Sr. (6.1 ppg); Talia Szatkowski, 5-6, G, So. (5.2 ppg); Samantha Missal, 5-5, G, Jr. (5.0 ppg, team-high 23 threes); Katy Comitz, 5-7, G, Jr. (4.0 ppg, team-high 70.8 FT pct); Maggie Michael, 5-9, F, Jr. (2.7 ppg)

Outlook: After an exciting playoff run, just three players did not return as the team changes divisions. Only Flaherty was a mainstay in the rotation. There’s just four seniors on the roster, but they include last season’s top-three scorers. The tallest player on the roster is freshman Katie Kravitsky, who is a 6-footer. Dallas was 3-0 in overtime last season, so the Mountaineers can handle pressure.

HAZLETON AREA

Coach: Joe Gavio

Last year: 9-15 overall; 6-7 WVC

Postseason: Lost 46-35 to Abington Heights in D2-4A semifinals

Team stats: 38.5 ppg; 43.6 pa; 55.4 FT pct; 3.7 threes

Classification: 4A

Key players lost: Josie Bachman, second team WVC (5.3 ppg; team-high 82.9 FT pct); Becca Zamonas, honorable mention WVC (5.2 ppg, team-high 26 threes); Annie Bono, honorable mention WVC (3.9 ppg); Alyssa Pfeil (3.3 ppg); Taylor Carter (2.1 ppg); Rachel Ciccozzi (1.7 ppg)

Players to watch: Keanna Schoennagle, 5-4, Sr. (team-high 6.2 ppg, 24 threes); Alyssa Sitch, 5-3, Jr. (5.7 ppg); Brianna Woznicki, 5-7, So. (2.4 ppg); Becky Marchetti, 5-7, Jr. (2.2 ppg)

Outlook: With 24 in the program, just three are seniors. The Cougars are young and lack height -- sophomore Sydney Walser is the tallest player at 5-9. The team lost nine player from last year, seven of whom played at least 14 games. Those who are back look to build off a 7-5 finish after a 2-10 start last year. Schoennagle (5-foot-4) and Sitch (5-3) are the top returning scorers.

PITTSTON AREA

Coach: Kathy Healey

Last year: 17-7 overall; 8-5 WVC; Division 1 first-half champ

Postseason: Lost 40-36 to Scranton Prep in D2-3A quarterfinals

Team stats: 53.9 ppg; 41.9 pa; 61.9 FT pct; 2.7 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Grace O’Neill, first team WVC (10.8 ppg, team-high 54 threes); Kristen Fereck (1.7 ppg)

Players to watch: Mia Hopkins, Division 1 POY, Sr. (team-high 20.3 ppg, 60.4 FT pct, Monmouth recruit); Allie Barber, second team WVC, So. (7.7 ppg, 64.1 FT pct); Liz Waleski, honorable mention WVC, So. (6.0 ppg); Kelly Mitchell, honorable mention WVC, Sr. (2.7 ppg, 19 of 21 FTs); Jacqueline Rabender, Jr. (2.5 ppg)

Outlook: The Patriots lost just three off last year’s roster. O’Neill made nearly all the team’s threes last season. The key is that this year’s squad has just three seniors, but there are nine players who played in at least nine games a season ago. There are sophomores back who had big roles last season. They only have to complement the game of Hopkins, Pittston Area’s first Division I player.

TUNKHANNOCK

Coach: Amanda Golden

Last year: 15-7 overall; 7-6 WVC; Played in Division 2

Postseason: Last was 2010 loss to Nanticoke, 58-36, in D2-3A first round

Team stats: 45.5 ppg; 38.4 pa; 57.6 FT pct; 2.5 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Lisa Kintner, first team WVC (team-high 12.8 ppg); Kassie Williams, first team WVC (11.0 ppg, team-high 36 threes); Amelia Ayers, honorable mention WVC (4.6 ppg)

Players to watch: Gabby Alguire, second team WVC, Sr. (7.1 ppg, team-high 64.4 FT pct); Katie Proulx, Sr. (3.5 ppg); Ashleigh Nafus, Sr. (2.7 ppg); Shequoya Bonner, Jr. (1.9 ppg)

Outlook: The Tigers lost four from their rotation, including their top-two players from last season. With five seniors, though, the cupboard is not at all bare. Nine players who saw varsity action are back, including players who are ready to see a greater role. A couple of sophomores, Maegan Wrubel and Molly Hampsey, have already seen some varsity time.

WYOMING VALLEY WEST

Coach: Paul Appel

Last year: 19-6 overall; 11-2 WVC; Division 1 first-half champ; Division 1 season champ

Postseason: Lost 42-33 to Wallenpaupack in D2-4A semifinals

Team stats: 50.9 ppg; 39.3 pa; 63.9 FT pct; 2.3 threes

Classification: 4A

Key players lost: Tara Zdancewicz, Division 1 MVP (team-high 17.4 ppg, 69.3 FT pct); Kaitlyn Smicherko, first team WVC (10.6 ppg, team-high 72.5 FT pct and 34 threes); Taylor Reilly (3.5 ppg)

Players to watch: Cassie Smicherko, second team WVC, 5-8, G, Jr. (4.8 ppg, 65.3 FT pct, 17 threes); Olivia Hoffman, first team WVC, 6-2, C, Jr. (4.6 ppg); Cheyenne Reese 5-8, G, Jr. (4.3 ppg, 61.5 FT pct); Megan Kane, 5-8, G, So. (3.1 ppg); Tara Judge, 5-4, G, So. (2.6 ppg)

Outlook: The top-two scorers from last year’s squad are gone as the Spartans lost three players who were key to their success. There are no seniors on the team and six juniors among 15 on the roster. Despite that youth, eight players have varsity experience, with four playing a full season and a fifth having 10 games to her credit. Hoffman (6-foot-2) provides size, with sophomore rookie Abby Baur (5-11) next tallest.

WVC DIVISION 2 HOLY REDEEMER

Coach: Chris Parker

Last year: 14-8 overall; 12-1 WVC; Division 2 season champ

Postseason: Lost 62-56 in overtime to Dallas in D2-3A quarterfinals

Team stats: 52.4 ppg; 44.6 pa; 61.5 FT pct; 3.5 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Paige Makowski, second team WVC (6.9 ppg); Shannon Murray, second team WVC (6.5 ppg, team-high 21 threes); Julia Wignot, first team WVC (5.4 ppg, 17 threes)

Players to watch: Alexis Lewis, Division 2 MVP, So. (team-high 15.1 ppg, 61.5 FT pct); Alana Wilson, honorable mention WVC, So. (6.7 ppg, 63.6 FT pct, 15 threes); Alyssa Platko, Jr. (5.3 ppg); Sara Altemose, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 15 threes, team-high 71.4 FT pct); Sara Warnagiris, Sr. (3.4 ppg, 63.0 FT pct); Brianne Frascella, Sr. (2.1 ppg, 69.2 FT pct)

Outlook: They lost five players who played at least 15 games, including their top-two outside threats, yet expectations remain high. The squad has 12 on the roster, with four seniors. The Royals are still very young, as at least two sophomores and one junior should be in the starting lineup. The dynamic Lewis worked well with Wilson and Platko last year.

LAKE-LEHMAN

Coach: Charlie Lavan

Last year: 17-7 overall; 13-1 WVC; Division 3 second-half champ

Postseason: Lost 46-40 to Mid Valley in D2-2A quarterfinals

Team stats: 46.5 ppg; 34.3 pa; 56.1 FT pct; 2.3 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Nikki Sutliff, Division 3 POY (12.8 ppg, team-high 32 threes); Shoshana Mahoney (3.0 ppg); Carol Mosier (2.7 ppg); Emily Leskowsky (2.4 ppg)

Players to watch: Cayle Spencer, first team WVC, F, So. (team-high 13.6 ppg and 63.3 FT pct); Emily Sutton, second team WVC, G/F, Jr. (6.1 ppg); Jen Konopinski, G, Sr. (2.8 ppg); Danae Sutliff, G/F, So. (2.3 ppg); Bethany Williams, F, Sr. (1.8 ppg)

Outlook: Five players from the rotation are gone and eight overall from last year’s divisional second-half champ. There are five seniors on the team, but none played more than 16 games last year. There’s 17 on the roster, with 10 being freshmen and sophomores. Spencer, last year’s leading scorer is among the latter group. Sutton represents the upperclassmen.

MEYERS

Coach: Chris Gray

Last year: 11-12 overall; 8-6 WVC; Played in Division 3

Postseason: Lost 44-41 to Riverside in D2-2A quarterfinals

Team stats: 36.7 ppg; 38.2 pa; 46.3 FT pct; 2.7 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Amy Kowalczyk, first team WVC (team-high 8.1 ppg and 38 threes); Jazma Robertson, second team WVC (7.0 ppg)

Players to watch: Mackenzie Winder, honorable mention WVC, C, Sr. (6.8 ppg); Salimah Biggs, second team WVC, G, So. (6.2 ppg); Brianna DiMaggio, honorable mention WVC, G, Jr. (5.1 ppg, 13 threes); Cathy Quinones, honorable mention WVC, G, Sr. (1.5 ppg); Quieterriua Gross, honorable mention WVC, F, Jr. (7.1 ppg at WVW and GAR); Quinniea Gross, honorable mention WVC, F, Jr. (3.9 ppg at WVW and GAR)

Outlook: Moving up to Division 2, the Mohawks appear ready for the challenge. The team lost four players from last season, but gained the Gross sisters. Four seniors top a roster of 14, and there are scoring options from each class. Biggs, a sophomore, earned a co-captain designation. Winder now has more size around her in the paint.

NANTICOKE

Coach: Allen Yendrzeiwski

Last year: 24-3 overall; 13-1 WVC; Division 3 first-half champ; Division 3 season champ

Postseason: D2-3A runner-up; Lost 41-20 to Villa Maria in PIAA second round

Team stats: 54.9 ppg; 34.8 pa; 64.1 FT pct; 6.3 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Katie Wolfe, Division 3 MVP (team-high 12.7 ppg and 68.6 FT pct); Sammy Gow, first team WVC (10.1 ppg, team-high 59 threes); Cassie Yalch (2.6 ppg, 15 threes)

Players to watch: Kayley Schinski, first team WVC, 5-9, G, Sr. (9.0 ppg, 66.3 FT pct, 39 threes); Alex Brassington, second team WVC, 5-7, G, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 65.8 FT pct, 23 threes); Brittany Sugalski, second team WVC, 5-8, G, Sr. (4.4 ppg); Alex Holl, 5-7, F, Sr. (3.6 ppg); Sara Higgins, 5-5, G, Sr. (2.1 ppg); Heidi Kile, 5-9, G, Jr. (2.1 ppg)

Outlook: Like Valley West, it’s hard to say the Trojanettes lost just three players. Each played every game and included the top-two scorers. Five seniors remain on a roster of 15, including three starters. Size was an issue last season for the state qualifier. This season, freshman Kassie Schinski is the only player reaching 5-foot-10. Five players played in all six of the team’s playoff games last season.

WYOMING AREA

Coach: Ryan Kennedy

Last year: 5-17 overall; 1-12 WVC

Postseason: Last was 2010 loss to Holy Redeemer, 63-17, in D2-3A first round

Team stats: 35.4 ppg; 48.6 pa; 48.2 FT pct; 1.1 threes

Classification: 3A

Key players lost: Sara Radzwilka (4.3 ppg, team-high 13 threes); Lexi Coolbaugh (2.0 ppg)

Players to watch: Serra Degnan, first team WVC, Sr. (team-high 10.5 ppg); Ashlee Blannett, Sr. (6.7 ppg, team-high 70.5 FT pct); Abby Thornton, honorable mention WVC, Jr. (6.2 ppg); Nicole Turner, Jr. (3.1 ppg)

Outlook: Eight players are not back, but only two had full-time roles. Three seniors lead a young roster that has 11 freshmen and sophomores. The sophomore class averaged more than 11 points per game as freshmen. Degnan is the floor leader and Blannett provides experience in the paint.

WVC DIVISION 3 GAR

Coach: Hattie Caruso

Last year: 6-17 overall; 5-9 WVC

Postseason: Lost 35-29 to Wyoming Seminary in D2-2A play-in

Team stats: 35.3 ppg; 45.3 pa; 41.4 FT pct; 1.5 threes

Classification: 2A

Key players lost: Quieterriua Gross (team-high 9.5 ppg); Quinniea Gross (5.9 ppg); Unique Twyman, honorable mention WVC (4.8 ppg)

Players to watch: Breana Mosier, Jr. (7.4 ppg); Marena Spence, honorable mention WVC, Sr. (7.2 ppg, team-high 14 threes); Brea Seabrook, honorable mention WVC, So. (5.2 ppg); Julianna Leco, Sr. (4.6 ppg, 13 threes)

Outlook: The Grenadiers went 4-4 down the stretch to earn a play-in game, but are rebuilding after losing nine who saw time. This season’s roster has just nine on it, with three seniors and a junior. But the four players who scored the most points for the squad last year are back. They accounted for 64 percent of last year’s scoring.

HANOVER AREA

Coach: Vic Kopko

Last year: 6-15 overall; 4-10 WVC

Postseason: Last was 2011 loss to Montrose, 66-40, in D2-2A quarterfinals

Team stats: 42.5 ppg; 55.7 pa; 56.7 FT pct; 2.6 threes

Classification: 2A

Key players lost: Danielle Tuzinski, first team WVC (team-high 17.2 ppg, 64.2 FT pct, 22 threes); Brittany Miller (5.7 ppg); Julia Smith (3.3 ppg)

Players to watch: Julie Mizenko, F (3.9 ppg); Katie Zuranski, G (3.8 ppg, 13 threes); Mickee Kaminski, G (2.7 ppg, 13 threes); Samantha Masher, G/F (2.7 ppg); Amber Grohowski, C (1.7 ppg)

Outlook: Three full-time players are gone, including 1,000-point scorer Tuzinski. The roster stands at 13, though, and includes eight players who saw at least some varsity time. New coach Kopko has size on the squad, but needs his players to adjust to more prominent roles after losing last year’s top-two scorers.

MMI PREP

Coach: Patty Medvecky

Last year: 4-20 overall; 0-14 WVC

Postseason: Lost 47-20 to Forest City in D2-A semifinals

Team stats: 34.0 ppg; 56.3 pa; 42.4 FT pct; 1.1 threes

Classification: A

Key players lost: Andrea Lara (1.5 ppg)

Players to watch: Rachel Stanziola, honorable mention WVC, So. (team-high 8.0 ppg); Maria Carrato, honorable mention WVC, Jr (7.1 ppg, team-high 15 threes); Kayla Karchner, Sr. (5.5 ppg); Kristen Purcell, Jr. (5.1 ppg); Gabriella Lobitz, Sr. (3.4 ppg); Hayle Shearer, Jr. (3.4 ppg)

Outlook: Another program with 13 players the Lady Preppers lost just one player while returning their top-six scorers from last season (96 percent of last year’s scoring is back). Only two seniors on roster, so they are building for beyond while expecting to see improvement this season. MMI is the smallest school in the WVC.

NORTHWEST

Coach: Amy Kachinko

Last year: 14-9 overall; 8-6 WVC

Postseason: Lost 48-28 to Old Forge in D2-A semifinals

Team stats: 47.2 ppg; 41.9 pa; 61.7 FT pct; 2.8 threes

Classification: 2A

Key players lost: Sarah Shaffer, second team WVC (9.7 ppg, team-high 51 threes); DeAnna Gill, honorable mention WVC (7.8 ppg team-high 72.9 FT pct); Maranda Koehn (3.1 ppg); Christa Bosak (2.8 ppg)

Players to watch: Alivia Womelsdorf, first team WVC, F, Sr. (team-high 20.7 ppg); Kelsey Yustat, G, So. (2.4 ppg, 12 threes)

Outlook: New coach Kachinko lost four starters from a six-player rotation used last year. The conference’s top scorer, Womelsdorf is back and provides size. She and Tiffany Adams are the only seniors on roster. Six JVers who saw spot duty will be called on to fill bigger roles in the new system being installed.

WYOMING SEMINARY

Coach: Ron Strothers

Last year: 8-14 overall; 5-9 WVC

Postseason: Lost 55-14 to Dunmore in D2-2A quarterfinals

Team stats: 33.5 ppg; 44.6 pa; 47.2 FT pct; 0.7 threes

Classification: 2A

Key players lost: Jessica Neare, second team WVC (team-high 8.2 ppg, 70.6 FT pct, 11 threes); Bridget McMullen (7.0 ppg); Ann Romanowski, honorable mention WVC (6.4 ppg); Haley Karg, honorable mention WVC (6.0 ppg); Jane Henry (5.6 ppg); Emily Gabriel (2.2 ppg)

Players to watch: Jessica Casterline, Sr.; Tali Dressler, So.; Katelyn Stemrich, So.; Gabbie Volpetti (1.5 ppg for Dallas)

Outlook: The Blue Knights lost their top-eight from last year and have just one senior and three juniors in a program of 16. How much change is there at Sem? Only 5 of 738 points are back this season. Look for players to be given opportunities to seize multiple roles until the right mix on the floor is found.

Note: Statistics from games reported to The Times Leader. All-Star notations from WVC divisional teams as voted upon by league’s coaches.

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