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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Closing the book on the 2012-13 high school basketball season

  • The 2012-13 high school hoops' season is officially complete with the State Championships held at the Giants Center in Hershey last weekend.
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  • The 2012-13 high school hoops' season is officially complete with the State Championships held at the Giants Center in Hershey last weekend.
    Holy Cross dropped a hard-fought 69-63 battle to Beaver Falls in the Class AA boys' state title game but the Crusaders gave its fans and the Lackawanna League followers an exciting two weeks of state playoff action.
    So, what's in store for the Lackawanna League teams next season.
    D-III
    Holy Cross will graduate All-Stater and four-year standout Josh Kosin and other key players Casey Gaughan, Kerry Kearney, and Corey Joyce but have back three-year point guard, Connor Callejas, 6-3 Connor Jones and a handful of others who played key contributing roles down the stretch.
    Mid Valley, which forced an all-season playoff with Holy Cross for the divisional crown, will return Alex Prislupsky, Kevin Walsh, Tyler Collins, Josh Tanner, AJ Gangemi and LJ DeMarco. All started or saw significant time this past season.
    Riverside will return a trio of starters in Nico Munley, Connor Mailen and Randy Kincel while Carbondale Area returns its leading scorer in Isaiah McCord and another starter in Jason Martin.
    Old Forge will return Jake Manetti and Jimmie Aversa while Dunmore loses its five starters. Lakeland will graduate its top three players but returns a handful of others who saw court time in Tony Harding, Josh Natale and AJ Wormuth among others.
    D-IV
    Division champion, Elk Lake will return Tanner Reyan and nearly the entire team with just two seniors on this season's squad.
    Forest City will return all but two of its entire roster including leading scorer, Matt Nevins while Blue Ridge and Susquehanna will lose most of its firepower.
    Montrose will return Cameron Dean and most of its team while Lacka. Trail will also welcome back most of its squad. Mt. View will also return a few starters.
    D-I
    Abington Heights, which was eliminated in the state playoffs by eventual state champ, Imotep Charter, returns the area's top guard in JC Show and a handful of other players who saw key time in the Comets' attack including 6-10, Evan Maxwell.
    Scranton Prep, which had a solid season and post season run, will have back 6-5 Noah Beh and 6-4 James Fives to build around.
    West Scranton will return Lou DiBileo, Cullen Fanning and Mason Marsico while Mike Rotell and Alec Rodway will return for Valley View.
    Scranton graduates nearly the entire nucleus except Jake McCarthy.
    D-II
    Divisional champion, Delaware Valley was senior-laden through its first eight while Honesdale returns key players including point guard, Kevin Miller.
    North Pocono and Western Wayne will return nearly its entire roster while W'Pack will graduate key players including Jake Brown.
    Page 2 of 2 - Looking Ahead
    Teams have already started AAU schedules and planned spring and summer workouts. Holy Cross, Abington Heights, Elk Lake and Delaware Valley will be defending championships next season. Which teams will be serious threats to those reigns will be decided in the off season.

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