On Saturday WAHS hosted Tunkhannock and Old Forge for a three-way basketball team scrimmage. The scrimmage was the first time the Bucks took to the court against someone other than themselves since opening the season on Monday, Nov. 17.

 


On Saturday WAHS hosted Tunkhannock and Old Forge for a three-way basketball team scrimmage. The scrimmage was the first time the Bucks took to the court against someone other than themselves since opening the season on Monday, Nov. 17.

George Werthmuller has been at the helm of the team since 1992 and has accumulated 193 regular season victories. This year he will be looking to overcome that elusive 200 mark that no coaches in the boys’ basketball program at WAHS have achieved. The closest any coach came was Robert Haag who hit the 142 mark back in 1976.

This year Coach Werthmuller will have his work cut out for him though after losing a core of last year’s starters to graduation.

“We lost our first seven varsity players (from last year). The only kid that’s really played from last year is Steve Hyduchak. He’s the only kid that played consistently measurable minutes. Some key additions, basically all of our JV team and our ninth grade team. Most of those kids will have an opportunity to play some varsity,” said Werthmuller.

Those seven players Coach Werthmuller was referring to were Rich Palazzi (Rotary Tournament MVP), J.J. Borges, Tim Silsby (Jaycee Tournament MVP, League Senior All-Star Game), Kevin Gumble, Mike Keane (Rotary Tournament All-Star, Jaycee Tournament All-Star), and Jon Shaffer who ended last season with a .500 record going 12-12 in the regular season. They also won the Hawley Rotary tournament played at WAHS and the Honesdale Jaycee Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6.

This year Werthmuller will use the same coaching philosophy that has helped him build up that impressive 193 wins throughout his tenure as Head Coach. “The coaching philosophy will be aggressive. Man-to-man defense is what we will try to play consistently,” added Werthmuller.

The opening of the regular season is slated for Dec. 22 when the Bucks will host North Pocono, but will have seen plenty of action by then playing in the Rotary tournament and scrimmage games with teams from East Stroudsburg, Carbondale and Lakeland.

“I see clearly that we are going to be better later rather than early. I’m concerned about the first month of practices and game for not understanding what it takes to play on the varsity level and what we have to do in order to be competitive. We have a whole new team,” said Werthmuller.

“We have four seniors, four juniors, and probably sooner than later four sophomores vie for those spots and it makes it difficult when you are not sure about those positions. It makes it difficult for the kids especially because you need to know your role and what we’re doing is try to find that role,” said Werthmuller.

The Bucks will have a new face on the bench alongside with Werthmuller this year. Kevin Kromko will take over as assistant coach for Tony Rezykowski. “Kevin was our eighth grade coach a couple of years ago and was also a JV coach at Western Wayne, he played at Western Wayne and played at King’s College. When he played in high school he was first team all-region. He’s got a good background and he’s really going to be helpful to us,” concluded Werthmuller.