Courier News girls basketball teams at a glance

Courier News girls basketball teams at a glance


Courier News girls basketball teams at a glance




Coach: Dorcas Miller-Edwards, seventh season

Last season: 22-5

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Eunice Abogado (Sr., G, 5-3), Sarah Brophy (Sr., G, 5-7), Mary Kronenwetter (Sr., F, 6-1), Julia Venturelli (Sr., G, 5-6), Mackensie Knouse (Jr., G, 5-9), Francesca Arrieta (Jr., G, 5-5), Samantha Mitchell (Jr., G, 5-7), Liz Perez (Jr., G, 5-7), Hannah Abogado (So., G, 5-2), Samantha Orecchio (So., G, 5-4), Abigail Ousouljoblou (Fr., F, 5-9).

Outlook: After posting a 22-win season, which included trips to the Somerset County and North 2 Group IV semifinals, the Panthers have their sights set on deeper runs through both tournaments, and return seven letterwinners that should prove key in the quest toward fulfilling those goals. But B-R also lost three standouts, including first-team All-Area selection Danisha Petty-Evans, who averaged 18 points per game, as well as a pair of 10-point scorers in Hannah Brophy and Katie Robbins. Still, with a veteran team, Miller-Edwards certainly expects another successful season. Abogado, Kronenwetter, Venturelli and Brophy should be B-R’s leaders on and off the court.


Coach: Audrey Taylor, fourth season

Last season: 19-7

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 2 lost

Roster: Mary Trossi (Jr., PG, 5-4), Jaeda Wildgoose (Jr, F, 5-11), Adreana Miller (Jr., F, 6-0), Amiya Rankins (So., C, 6-0), Sierra Gibson (So., G, 5-6), Tahirah Scott (Jr., PG), 5-4), Alexandra Jackson (Jr., G, 5-7).

Outlook: The Warriors reached the doorstep of a championship last season, falling in the final of the Somerset County Tournament, and with the core group of Miller, Trossi, Wildgoose and Jackson back for a third varsity run together, and with several other talented player returning, Franklin should be in the mix again. Taylor said a key will be keeping her team playing as a unit, especially offensively, and not relying on one source. While Miller, a first-team All-Area pick last season, led the club with 14.1 PPG and figures to be the focal point of opposing game plans, Taylor feels she has several players who can score consistent points. The man-to-man defense, which Taylor said led Franklin to last year’s success, remains an important part of the Warriors’ game.


Coach: Josuf Dema, first season

Last season: 22-5

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 0 lost

Roster: Jasmine Sina (Sr., G, 5-7),Trevenna Bennett (Sr., G/F, 5-10), Taylor Rooks (Sr., G, 6-1), Ali Ferreira (Sr., F, 5-10), Morgan Rooks (Jr., G/F, 6-0), Kennedy Whitehead (So., F, 6-1), Samantha Kramer (Sr., G, 5-7), Madeline Gallic (So., F), Alexia Allesch (Fr., F), Katie Howard (Fr., G/F), Emma Dean (Fr., G), Allison Coffet (Fr., G).

Outlook: The reigning Skyland Conference Delaware Division and Somerset County Tournament champ returns its entire seven-player roster from a year ago, and have added some new blood to the mix. The sky is the limit, Dema said, as the Knights have their sights set on a state title, and they certainly have the talent to get it done. Taylor Rooks, who was named CN Girls Basketball Player of the Year last season, fellow first-team All-Area pick Sina, and Bennett, a third-team selection, return to lead GSB on and off the court. Kramer, Whitehead, Ferreira and Morgan Rooks will also be key, capping the list of returners, and they will be looked toward to take on even bigger roles this season, especially in helping to acclimate the newcomers.


Coach: Barrie Foley, second season

Last season: 4-19

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 7 lost

Roster: Amanda Muller (Sr., G), Kristen Wadams (Sr., G), Sophie Cohen (Jr., F), Megan Muller (Jr., F), Allison Wickman (Jr., F), Urszula Zadzilko (Sr., F), Lea Marucci (Jr., G), Courtney Defeo (Jr., G), Natalie Quackenbush (Jr., F), Louise Borja (So., G), Kelly Lenkey (So., G).

Outlook: The Raiders lost seven letterwinners to graduation, but still return a relatively experienced group with nine upperclassmen as they look to improve on last year’s four-win season. Foley is expecting his seniors to also be the leaders on the floor, though there was still plenty of competition for starting jobs late in the preseason.


Coach: Carmen Cook, first season

Last season: 9-16

Letterwinners: 2 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Carli Wilson (Sr., F, 5-11), Mackensie Roden (Sr., G. 5-7), Sam Antosiewicz (Sr., G, 5-7), Tess Richardson (Jr., F, 6-1), Carly Mastrogiacomo (Jr., G, 5-5), Kristina Benton (So., F, 6-0), Kelly Grant (Jr., G/F, 5-8), Hannah D’Amico (Jr., F, 5-9), Michelle Lalor (Fr., G, 5-6), Olivia Zengel (Jr., G, 5-7), Lauren Armellino (So., G, 5-7).

Outlook: Longtime Voorhees coach Carmen Cook takes over after a two-year break from coaching and he hopes to lead the Red Devils to their first winning season since 2010. Cook said he is looking to play more up tempo, with a focus on defense, and is trying to get more people involved in the offense, other than Wilson, who was a second-team All-Area selection last season and is 57 points from 1,000. Cook’s looking for Roden, Richardson, Mastrogiacomo and Benton to step up, and also projects Richardson and Benton to be a force on the boards. Cook said the passion for the game and coachability has made this a fun group to coach, and that commitment and desire will be a factor in how well they succeed.


Coach: Mike Dugan, third season

Last season: 11-16

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Alyssa Michalowski (Sr., G¸5-6), Kat Papalski (Jr., G, 5-6), Kaitlyn Roberto (Jr., G, 5-11), MaryKate McKeown (Jr., F, 5-6), Kristen Reilly (So., G, 5-6), Margaret Kretz (So., F, 5-10), Katie Mulkerin (So., G, 5-5), Anna Oliveri (Fr., G, 5-7).

Outlook: Captains Michalowski and Papalski return with Roberto as major contributors from last season as the Spartans look to climb the ranks in the Delaware Division. Immaculata features a very young squad, with only one senior, but Dugan expects his team to be a lot more competitive in the conference. McKeown, a junior, as well as sophomores Kretz, Mulkerin and Reilly will be looked toward to fill the void left by four graduated seniors. Papalski, who averaged 10 PPG last season, will be counted on to lead the offense. Michalowski and Reilly are also expected to be major offensive contributors, while Roberto and Kretz handle most of the heavy lifting inside, an area at which Dugan is looking to improve.


Coach: Christopher Billman, first season

Last season: 13-13

Letterwinners: 6 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Megan McFadden (Sr., F, 6-0), Alexia Woerner (Sr., C, 6-0), Remy Borinsky (Jr., G, 5-8), Marly Blajsa (Jr., F, 5-10), Christine Panella (Jr., G, 5-6), Sarah Schmidt (Jr., F, 5-8),

Julia Burke (Jr., F, 5-8), Kelsey Reed, (So., G, 5-6), Madison Kirchofer (So., G, 5-11), Erica Abitante (So., G, 5-4).

Outlook: Billman takes over for Sandy Whalen, who coached the Warriors for 14 season before moving over to Bernards, and Billman said he is looking for his team to make some noise and be in the mix in a very tough conference. He is looking to play an upbeat style with solid team defense and see how far his young team can go. Borinski will handle the ball and run the offense, with Woerner being counted on to control the paint. Blasja will also be key, as she looks to extend defenses with her shooting touch. Reed and McFadden are projected to join the trio in the starting lineup to begin the season.


Coach: Megan Pisani, first season

Last season: 10-15

Letterwinners: 6 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Zojajha Ayub (Jr., G, 5-5), Cameryn Benz (So., G/C), Alecia Cunniff (Sr., G, 5-5), Dana Schultes (Jr., F, 5-6), Corinne Santarpia (Sr., G/F), 5-5), Ali Geary (Jr., G, 5-5), Caroline Hedde (Fr., F, 5-8), Olivia DiMeglio (Sr., F, 5-6), Emma Huff (Jr., F, 5-9), Camila Aguilar (So., G, 5-3), Allison Donnellan (So., G, 5-6), Jillian Donnellan (So., G, 5-4).

Outlook: Pisani, a former star field hockey player at Rider University, takes over the Cougars helm from Jessica Doyle looking to lead Montgomery to its first winning season since it went 23-5 in 2008-09 and made the Central Group IV final. Pisani projects Ayub, Cunniff, Santarpia, Schultes and Benz to be her starters, with Ayub and Benz leading the way on the court and captains Ayub and Cunniff leading the squad off the court.


Coach: Tom Hank, 17th season

Last season: 18-8

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Allison Lane (Sr., F/C, 6-1), Alicea Foran (Sr., G/F, 5-7), Hailey Stine (Jr., G, 5-7), Carolyn Giordano (Jr., G/F, 5-8), Megan Conner (Jr., F, 5-10), Megan Mercurio (So., C, 6-1), Heather Tostevin (So., G, 5-5), Abby Grunden (Jr., G/F, 5-7), Courtney Lunger (Jr., G/F, 5-8), Claudia Maira (Fr., G, 5-5).

Outlook: After finishing second in the Skyland Conference Raritan Division last season and going to the semifinals of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex and quarterfinals of the state North 2 Group IV Tournament, the Lions return a solid nucleus and a very experienced starting 5 as they look to take the next step. The question will be in the depth, as the bench will feature three underclassmen, with the team’s two lone seniors projected to start in Foran and Lane, each of which was named All-Area honorable mention last season.


Coach: Eric Schroeder, second season

Last season: 9-17

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 2 lost

Roster: Shannon Hand (Sr., F, 5-9), Sam Mahon (Jr., G, 5-6), Monica Schumacher (Jr., F, 5-7), Kristina Mueller (Jr., G, 5-5), Tamara Torales (Jr., G, 5-3), Amanda Gerdts (So., C, 6-1), Chrissy Weyrauch (So., G, 6-0), Sarah Korn (So., G, 5-4).

Outlook: The Red Devils enjoyed an improved campaign last season, Schroeder’s first, and with just two seniors lost to graduation and four starters back, the second-year coach is looking to build on last year’s improvements, establishing a foundation of defense and teamwork as Ridge moves forward. Mahon and Schumacher return as last year’s leading scorers, and should be the focal point, once again. Hand and Mueller, who are also returning starters, will also have an impact, along with the newcomers, who should all have expended roles after playing part-time minutes last season.


Coach: Kerry Fodderingham, second season

Last season: 16-9

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Bridget Douglas (Sr., G/F), 5-11), Julianna Martinez (Sr., G/F, 5-9), Becky Carra (Sr., G, 5-9), Angelica Borja (Sr., G, 5-4), Sarah Todd (Jr., F, 6-1), Sara Wooby (So., G), Rene Hill (So., G/F), Katie Mosca (So., G/F), Melody VanNess (Fr., G), Nyasia Thomas (Fr., G), Gianna Todero (Fr., G/F), Maddie Spolarich (Fr., G), Beatriz Tomale (Fr., G), Paige Morgan (Fr., G/F), Mahogany Hayes (So., G).

Outlook: The Pioneers return just one starter from last year’s team that finished tied for second in the Raritan Division, and count 1,000-point scorer Caroline Barberi, who averaged 14 PPG last year, among the graduated players. Fodderingham said Somerville is a young team looking to build off last year success and will count on that returning starter – Douglass – to lead his team on and off the court. Senior returners Martinez and Carra are also expected to have an impact. Borja, a sophomore point guard, is one of the newcomers the second-year coach will look toward for major contribution, along with four freshmen and a number of sophomores that will also see key minutes.


Coach: Jeff Franz, third season

Last season: 4-19

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Courtney Ambielli (Sr., G, 5-7), Olivia DiRienz (So., G, 5-6), Emma Jones (Jr., G, 5-6), Erin Jones (So., G, 5-11), Katie Koller (Sr., G, 5-8), Taylor Noll (So., F, 5-10), Brittney Van Veldhuisen (Sr., F), Allie Best (Fr., G), Francesca Cafaro (So., F), Felicia Silveira (Jr., G).

Outlook: With Best, Noll and Jones locked into starting jobs, Franz said there’s been a spirited competition for the remaining spots, though he expects the entire roster to see quality minutes. Franz feels his team has added for this year is speed, which should allow the Vikings to put more pressure on their opponents, both defensively and in transition. The third-year coach also credited Ambielli for uniting the squad and helping to create a real team-first mentality.


Coach: Sandy Whelan, first season

Last season: 7-16

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Lex DeMartino (Sr., F, 5-8), Laura Galli (Sr., G, 5-4), Sarah Ryan (Jr., G, 5-7), Andra Scaliti (Jr., G, 5-6), Tatyana McDaniels (Jr., G, 5-5), Caroline Baratta (Fr., G, 5-5), Samantha Mottes (So., G, 5-4), Sara Whelan (So., F, 5-9), Jill Reinen (Jr., F, 5-10), Maddie Fairhurst (So., F, 5-10), Jill Talamini (So., G/F, 5-6).

Outlook: Whelan takes over the coaching reigns from Joe Milde and inherits a young team looking to post the program’s first winning season in seven years. Ryan and Scaliti, both juniors, return as the leading scorers, with senior captains DeMartino and Galli being counted on to lead the younger players through learning the new system. Mottes, Sara Whelan and Baratta, a freshman, will be asked to step up and provide support to our returning experienced players, Sandy Whelan said. The coach said she is looking to implement an up-tempo style of play, using the Mountaineers’ quickness and defensive intensity to create offensive opportunities in transition.


Coach: Steve Kline, second season

Last season: 0-24

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Marianne Riquelme (Sr., F, 5-7), Jennifer Stolz (Jr., G, 5-4), Jess Longo (Sr., F, 5-6), Jayna Padilla (So., G, 5-4), Kara Smiegocki (Sr., F, 5-9), Nellasia Cedeno (So., G, 5-3), Giannie Cintron (So., F, 5-7), Janeea’ Summers (Fr., F, 5-10), Olivia Nilsen (Fr., G, 5-6), Jordan McDuffie (Fr., G, 5-3), Diamond Tucker (Fr., G, 5-3), Emely Cortes (Fr., G, 5-2).

Outlook: The Crusaders have turned over the majority of their roster, adding newcomers from within the resurgent youth program and transfers who should prove key. Summers will be counted on heavily her freshman season, and will get support from Smiegocki, a two-year starter at Watchung Hills who ranked second on the team in scoring last year. Cedeno, who moved in from Somerville, should also have an impact. Among the returners, the versatile Riquelme, who is penciled in as a starting forward but is being pushed by Nilsen, is joined by Stolz, a starting guard, and Longo, who will provide leadership. Kline is extremely excited for the season, and though it might take a time for five freshmen and two transfers to gel, he hopes as his team becomes more familiar with one another it translates into success.


Coach: Michael Haughey, first season

Last season: 23-4

Letterwinners: 9 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Megan Bradley (Sr., C, 6-1), Kristen Brokaw (Sr., F, 5-6), Robyn Case (Sr., G, 5-4), Emily Kolonia (Sr., F, 5-7), Justine Doran (Sr., G, 5-6), Hailey Pilone (Jr., G, 5-9), Kat Ziegler (Jr., G, 5-6), Natalie Calcavecchio (Jr., F, 5-8), Alyssa Riker (Sr., G, 5-2).

Outlook: The Terriers went 16-0 in the division last season before falling in the semifinals of the tri-county tournament and checking out in the state sectional quarterfinals. Now, with second-team All-Area pick Shannon Croasdale heading the list of only three graduated letterwinners, Delaware Valley is looking to parlay its veteran experience into postseason success. Doran and Pilone will run things from the perimeter, with Doran handling the point-guard duties, while Bradley gives the Terriers a 6-foot, two-way presence inside. Kolonia and Brokaw round out the projected starting lineup for a squad featuring all juniors and seniors. Case, who projects as the first player off the bench, should also have an impact.


Coach: Michael Knitowski, first season

Last season: 13-13

Letterwinners: 0 returning, 7 lost

Roster: Amber Lathi (Sr., F), Samantha Loriot (Jr., F), Kaitlyn Ferri (Jr., F), Briana Roche (Jr., F), Megan Mack (So., G), Mariana Munoz (So., G), Chessie Tomari (So., G), Julie Pankowski (Fr., G), Victoria Schuyler (Fr., G).

Outlook: The Mustangs do not return a letterwinner from last season, and their first-year coach will be starting from scratch. Manville will feature only one senior in a group with little to no varsity experience, and Knitowski said his team will have to rely on the quickness of its guards — Mack, Munoz, and Pankowski – and for its forwards – Lathi and Loriot – to control the paint. Knitowski expects to his squad to be scrappy on defense and rely on its toughness to compete this season.


Coach: Ryan Shellhammer, first season

Last season: 8-14

Letterwinners: 11 returning, 1 lost

Roster: Kristen Davis (Sr., F, 6-0), Amanda Kopacz (Jr., F, 5-11), Emily Baumley (Sr., G, 5-7), Carly Knapp (Jr., G, 5-5), Anna Ames (Jr., G, 5-7), Cat Esposito (Jr., G, 5-6), Mary Ziemba (Sr., F, 6-1), Kelly Waldele (So., G, 5-5), Catherine Goldberg (So., F, 5-7), Bridget Toolan (Sr., F, 5-10), Mary Hrinkevich (Sr., G, 5-6), Julia Vallone (Jr., F, 5-9).

Outlook: With 11 returning letterwinners, the Mount Lions could be in pretty good shape as they look to move up the ranks in the Valley Division. Shellhammer, who takes over as head coach, said the goal is to build a solid foundation of fundamental skills to prepare for a postseason push. Leading the way is Davis, who Shellhammer said is solid on both ends of the floor. She is an athletic forward, he said, who can score with both hands around the rim, as well as providing shot-blocking ability at the other end. Kopacz joins Davis in the frontcourt, with Baumely providing a long-range shot, while Knapp and Ames handle the distribution and perimeter defense.


Coach: Robyn Enderle, first season

Last season: 10-14

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Hadijjah Greene (Sr., G, 5-5), Bobbie Bleman (Sr., G, 5-7), Francesca Cherasaro (Jr., G, 5-6), Olivia Flood (Jr., G, 5-5), Samantha Adoptante (Jr., G, 5-6), Ashley Marshall (Jr., F, 5-9), Yavonna Williams (Jr., F, 5-8), Ricki Spurgeon (Sr., C, 5-10), Kaylynn Dorsey (Sr., C, 5-10), Lauren MacWhinney (Sr., C, 6-0), Melody Njoku (Jr., F, 5-7).

Outlook: The Canucks return three key players from last year’s squad that figure to have a major impact on North Plainfield’s success. Cherasaro, who averaged 13 points per game, returns to lead the way in the backcourt. Enderle said she has a strong basketball sense, with pure drive and determination. The first-year Canucks head coach, who guided Roselle Park two years ago and coached field hockey at North Plainfield for 12 seasons, is also hoping for Ashley Marshall and Yavonna Williams to be a presence underneath the basket with their mental toughness and physical strength.


Coach: Courtney Tierney, third season

Last season: 13-13

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 6 lost

Roster: Cory Ranson (Jr., G, 5-8), Lauren McLaughlin (Jr., G, 5-2), Libby Parsons (So., G, 5-10), Annelise Kinney (Jr., G, 5-6), Maddie Temares (So., G, 5-3), Gianna Arata (Jr., G, 5-6), Mary Pagano (Fr., G, 5-8), Charlotte Curnin (Fr., G, 5-9), Megan O’Reilly (Fr., F, 5-8), Amaka Nnaeto (Fr., F, 5-9), Emma Claire Marvin (Fr., F, 5-9).

Outlook: The Big Blue lost six players to graduation, including double-digit scorers Lexi VanBesien, Erin Jenson and Kate Sienko, who also posted five boards per game. Tierney said she will be looking toward juniors like Ranson, McLaughlin and Kinney to lead the way as she returns a team that does not feature any seniors.


Coach: Dave Hallinan, second season

Last season: 19-9

Letterwinners: 11 returning, 1 lost

Roster: Brett Lelie (Sr., G, 5-4), Megan Donnelly (Sr., F, 5-10), Chelsea O’Neal (Sr., G, 5-7), Cassie Barrett (Jr., G, 5-6), Elyse Williams (Jr., G, 5-2), Sarah Franzini (Jr., G, 5-6), Cori McClelland (Jr., G, 5-6), Amanda Myers (Jr., G, 5-7), Julia Greenwood (Jr., F, 6-0). Lauren McBride (So., F, 6-0), Rachel Knappenberger (So., G, 5-6), Aly Baggitt (Jr., G, 5-7).

Outlook: The Eagles return, virtually, their entire roster from last season, and with several returning from surgeries, South Hunterdon is looking to build on its second-place finish in the Valley Division. Hallinan expects his squad to have some nice depth and offensive ability from several sources, and competition for starting jobs has continued deep into the preseason. Leile, who ran the offense last season, figures to fill that role again.


Coach: Mary Klinger, 30th season

Last season: 14-8

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Kendra Barat (Sr., G/F, 6’0), Allison Girardi (Jr., G, 5-5), MacKenzie Michaels (Sr., G/F, 5-9), Niki Metzel (So., G/F), Lauren Davis (Sr., G, 5-4), Julia Renni (So., G/F, 5-9), Gabby Turner (So., G, 5-7), Mariah Martinez (Jr., G/F, 6-0), Stephanie Abreu (So., G, 5-7), Gabi Redden (Fr., F/C, 6-2), Olivia Dabney (Fr., G, 5-10), Becca Rowlins (Fr., F, 6-0), Nyla Robinson (Fr., G, 5-6), Mariselle Galdi (Fr., C, 6-1), Erica Jules (Fr., F/C, 6-0), Sophie Thellman (Fr., G, 5-5).

Outlook: Rutgers Prep returns a young team, with 12 underclassmen on the roster, and Klinger said it will take some time for the young players to learn the Argonauts system. Rutgers Prep has upgraded its schedule, Klinger said, as the Argos look to re-establish themselves a force in Somerset County and in the state Non-Public B Tournament, a title they won two years ago. Barat, a three-sport star, leads the squad, with Girardi, who averaged 11.5 points per game last season, back as the leading returning scorer. Rutgers Prep is playing its final season as an independent before joining the Skyland Conference next fall.


Coach: Andy Silvagni, seventh season

Last season: 23-5

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Patrice Ditommasso (Sr., G), Jen Pires (Sr., G), Lauryn DiStaso (Sr., F), Katie Rielly (Sr., F), Sara Dilly (Jr., G), Hayley Berrliner (Jr., G), Courtney Osieja (Jr., F), Lauren Sobol (Jr., F), Laurenn Sorrano (So., G), Amanda Baoswick (So., G), Rachel Siegel (So., G), Alice Calberllo (So., G), Lindsay DiStaso (So., F).

Outlook: The Highlanders could be in for a rebuilding year after back-to-back Union County Tournament titles and two straight 20-plus win seasons. Governor Livingston graduated all but one starter, including first-team All-Area pick Erin Ferguson and her 14.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, making Dilly the only starter back. Silvagni said she givies GL a good defender and solid point guard. The coach also expects a big year from Ditommasso, who served as the sixth man last season. Silvagni said the Highlanders will be a different team that must defend well and score in transition to be successful.


Coach: Cap Pazdera, ninth season

Last season: 22-5

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 4 lost

Roster: Sydney Morang (So., G, 6-0), Casey Trezza (Sr., G, 5-7), Jill Balog (Sr., G, 5-5), Morgan Mohlman (Sr., C, 5-11), Natalie Barrett (Sr., G, 5-5), Kelsey Quinn (Jr., F, 5-8), Katie Kinum (Fr., G, 5-8), Hannah Caminiti (Fr., F, 5-10), Sara Zeto (Fr., G, 5-3), Brielle Carleen (Fr., F, 5-7), Erica Boyd (Jr., F), Marissa Jankow (Jr., G, 5-5), Anthonella Chacon (Jr., F, 5-11), Emily Molstad (Jr., 5-8).

Outlook: The defending Union County Conference Mountain Division champs will miss the graduated Cassandra Squeri (12 PPG), but do get Morang back following a superb freshman campaign in which she averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds per game. Pazdera expects her to continue that success, and is hoping for big things from returners Barrett, Balog and Trezza. Pazdera feels the Pioneers will get key contributions from Kinum and Caminiti, both freshmen, though, he said, his team needs to establish great chemistry and everyone is going to have to play their role and do the little things if New Providence is going to have another successful campaign.


Coach: John McNulty, first season

Last season: 5-22

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 2 lost

Roster: Breana Spencer (Sr., G, 5-9), Drew Winter (Sr., G, 5-6), Janaia Simmons (Jr., G, 5-7), Alexis Coverly (Jr., F, 5-7), Jasmine Griffith (Sr., G, 5-6), Asia Hill (So., G, 5-8), Breana Anderson (So., G, 5-5), Aaliyah Brant (Jr., F, 5-6), Nijah Brown (Jr., F, 5-7), Antonia Huffman (Jr., F, 5-6), Kissina Williams (Sr., G, 5-4).

Outlook: McNulty, a former Division II All-American at Florida Southern, takes the over looking to guide the Cardinals back on the winning track after four straight losing seasons. McNulty said his squad lacks size, but has some nice quickness, as well as the heart and desire to win, and he feels there’s enough talent to accomplish almost anything. Spencer and Winters, both 1,000-point scorers, lead the way offensively, but McNulty is looking for an all-around contribution, not just two players dominating the stat sheet. Defense is an area McNulty is looking for the biggest improvement, and he hopes Coverly will help as a big physical presence who can be strong on the boards and stop teams from driving the lane. He is also looking for major contribution from Hill.


Coach: Camille Mammolite, second season

Last season: 10-15

Letterwinners: 7 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Katie Harper (Sr., G), Madi Maisel (Sr., G), Amani Williams (So., G), Thabitha Dwunfour (Jr., C), Kara Foley (So., F), Megan Welch (Sr., F), Paige Heiden (Jr., G), Micaiah Battle (So. F), Caroline Babis (So.), Alyssa Miguelino (So.), Maya Jegede (So.) , Rachel Freeman (Jr.).

Outlook: With seven returning starters, Mammolite is expecting good things from the Raiders, even if the program’s fourth-leading all-time scorer in Taylor Sebolao (1,181 career points) was among the graduates. Williams and Harper give SPF a great ball-handling duo, with newcomers Foley and Battle joining Dwunfour and Welch to give the Raiders a nice presence inside. Mammolite expects Maisel and Heiden to provide consistency from beyond the arc, giving the second-year coach a nice balanced attack.


Coach: Kathy Matthews, 37th season

Last season: 7-15

Letterwinners: 11 returning, 2 lost

Roster: Shana La Rocca (Sr., G/F, 5-8), Jess Herren (Sr., G, 5-7), Ashley Henderson (Sr., G, 5-5), Meagan Beriont (Jr., F, 5-10), Donna Days (Jr., F, 6-3), Ally Fennik (Jr., F, 5-9), Morgan Sosnowski (Jr., G, 5-7), Janaya Henderson (So., G, 5-2), Amanda Grieco (So., G, 5-6), Emily Garno (So., G, 5-8), Chrissy Mastracola (So., G/F, 5-8), Victoria Isidron (So., F, 5-10), Haleigh Rojek (So., F, 5-7), Samirah Henderson (Fr., G, 5-4), Taylor Gardner (Fr., F, 5-10).

Outlook: After struggling to just seven victories last season, Matthews said she is confident the Vikings are in much better shape this season and she expects Union Catholic’s record to reflect that. The veteran coach feels she has more depth this season and the Vikings’ skill and talent level is better than last year. Days and Gardner will be looked toward to control the boards, while the offense figures to be a balanced affair with a number of players contributing.


Coach: Joseph Marino, 15th season

Last season: 15-11

Letterwinners: 9 returning, 1 lost

Roster: Ann-Sophie Koglin (So., C, 5-11), Olivia Luzzi (So., G, 5-5), Megan Mondon (Jr, G, 5-5), Rachael Mattessich (So., C, 6-0), Caroline Kascmarsky (Jr., F, 5-7), Jacqueline Knapp (Jr., G, 5-7), Lillian Scott (Jr., G, 5-7), Carly Friedman Sr., F, 5-8), Morgan Maloney (Sr., C, 5-9), Jamie Miller (Jr., G, 5-4).

Outlook: With the majority of the squad returning, Marino said he is expecting a team-wide effort as the Blue Devils look to improve on last year’s 15-win season. Knapp and Scott are expected to lead the offense, with a rotation of support coming from the front court, a platoon that will include captains Freidman and Maloney. Marino hopes speed will be a strength of the team, with some very good shooting guards, but, he said, Westfield must play great defense to reach its goals.


Coach: Keith Connery, first season

Last season: 17-10

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 6 lost

Roster: Jacqueline Von Itter (So., G, 5-1), Alyssa Buccino (So., G, 5-3), Sydney Miller (So., G, 5-4), Nicole Baudendistel (So., F, 5-8), Rachel Herbig (So., G, 5-4), Brooke Thompson (So., F, 5-6), Autum Thompson (So., F, 5-8), Natalie Wright (So., G, 5-2), Isabella Guzzi (So., G, 5-1), Karina Camera (Fr., G, 5-2) Alexandra Reidy (Fr., F, 5-6), Alexandra Steele (Fr., G, 5-1).

Outlook: After coming up short to Timothy Christian in the GMC Gold Division last season, Dunellen, which went 11-2 in conference, returns a very young team with just five letterwinners. The Destroyers, who graduated their top scorer in Kerry Johnson (13 PPG), and top rebounder in Destiny Evans (13 RPG) are projected to start five sophomores, as they do not have any upperclassmen on their roster. Von Itter, Buccino, Miller, Baudendistel and Herbig are the expected starting five.


Coach: Michael Carlin, fourth season

Last season: 16-9

Letterwinners: 4 lost, 3 returning

Roster: Tori Schweyer (Jr., G, 5-6), Amanda Abate (Sr., F, 5-8), Rosie Guarino (So., F, 5-8), Zakiya Beckles (Jr., G, 5-7), Alexa Mayer (Jr., F, 5-7), Christine Leu (So., C, 6-0), Gina Santoro (Jr., G, 5-6), Melanie Perrone (Jr., F, 5-7), Irene Mitossis (So., G, 5-5), Carly Lorah (Jr., G, 5-5), Lauren Pundock (So., F, 5-7).

Outlook: The Blue Jays don’t return a ton, but Carlin feels the group he has is capable of competing for a Blue Division title and make a deeper run in the state tournament. Schweyer, who averaged 13 points per game last season, heads the list of returning players, with Abate, who should be Middlesex’s primary inside presence, and Beckles, a transfer from Union Catholic, proving some varsity experience. Guarino, Santoro and Perrone are also back, and should also have an impact. Carlin likes what he’s seen from Mayer, a newcomer who has a very good mid-range jumpshot, as well as Leu, who will be a help on the boards, he said.


Coach: Corey Floyd, second season

Last season: 16-8

Letterwinners: 5 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Kiki Bynes (Sr., G, 5-6), Meaghan Wells (Sr., G, 5-5), Kendrea Williams (So., 5-8), Taylor Nelson (Jr., G, 5-4), Ashley Opitz (Jr., 5-8), Wande Adeyemo (Jr., F/C, 5-10), Alleria McCoy (So., 5-9), Kelsey Nugent (Jr., 5-4), Tunde Adeyemo (Jr., F, 5-10).

Outlook: The Chiefs began last season 2-5 before embarking on a 14-2 run that included the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament championship, and despite a first-round loss to Linden in the state tournament, Piscataway is looking to continue where it left off a year ago. Floyd said his team features a group who works extremely hard and has excellent potential. The second-year coach is counting on veteran leadership from second-team All-Area pick Kiki Bynes, as well as Meaghan Wells, and Floyd said his core group of underclassmen will need to continue working hard in practice and be ready to play major minutes.


Coach: Nick McKee, second season

Last season: 6-16

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 6 lost

Roster: Denise Sosa (So., G, 5-4), La’Breya Correa (So., F, 5-10), Tamara Elliot (So., G, 5-3), Jennifer Lopez (So., G, 5-8), Jasmin Patterson (Sr., G, 5-4), Claudia Edrlain (Fr., F, 5-7), Johnnie Antonucci (Fr., G, 5-4), Victoria Caceres (Jr., F, 5-5), Glenda Sosa (So., F, 5-9), Tiara Brady (So., G, 5-7), Jocelyn Bermudez (Fr., G, 5-5).

Outlook: With a host of young athletes with varsity experience, McKee is looking for his team to compete and challenge every team in the Gold Division. Senior transfer Jasmin Patterson is an exceptional leader and player, McKee said, and he is looking for her to make an immediate impact. The Raiders are still trying to shake some early-season injuries, but McKee hopes to have everyone back strong a couple of weeks in.


Coach: Kevin Hughes, fourth season

Last season: 14-12

Letterwinners: 6 returning, 5 lost

Roster: Kate McLaughlin (Sr., G, 5-7), Sarah Cargill (So., G, 5-5), Shannon Hughes (Sr., F), Yasmeen Mighty (Sr., F), Carlee Gonzalez (Sr., G), Amanda Harper (Jr., G), Naomi McNeill (Jr., F), Caroline Ratti (Jr., G/F), Sarryah Wright (Sr., F).

Outlook: The Tigers graduated three key players, including sharp-shooting guard Shannon McMahon, who averaged 10 point per game and hit 57 from 3-point territory. South Plainfield will also have to replace the 15 rebounds lost when Jackie Dvorak and Rebecca Eustice graduated. With Gonzalez working back from an ACL injury, the Tigers return just one starter in McLaughlin, and Hughes is looking for some of the other returners to step up and his team to steadily improve as the season progresses. Hughes said his team held fourth-quarter leads in seven of its 12 losses last season and is looking to improve on how the Tigers finish. With seven multi-sport athletes, Hughes also hopes the athleticism can create pressure and scoring opportunities.


Coach: Miriam Hartzler, eighth season

Last season: 17-9

Letterwinners: 4 returning, 3 lost

Roster: Elena DiLeo (Sr., F, 5-9), Sabrina Solorzano (Sr., G, 5-0), Natasha Audain (Jr., F, 5-8), Meribeth Brookman (Jr., G, 5-1), Michaela Csorny (Jr., G, 5-6), Hannah Saquian (Jr., G, 4-11), Gabriella Saydee (Jr., F, 5-9), Faith Allen (So., G, 5-7), Elizabeth Kokosinsku (So., F, 5-9), Sarah Saquian (So., G, 4-11), Sydney ST. Jean (So., G, 5-5).

Outlook: With three of five starters returning, Hartzler feels her experienced backcourt and the return of their leading rebounder should net a promising season for the defending Gold Division champs. While replacing the scoring of forward Ashley Sullivan will not be easy, Hartzler said, the Tigers will look to push the tempo of games and take advantage of their backcourt duo of Saquian and Csorney. Timothy Christian also expects to have control of the boards with Audain, DiLeo, and Saydee rotating through the front court.


Coach: Michael Howell, seventh season

Last season: 13-12

Letterwinners: 6 returning, 1 lost

Roster: Joanna Brautigan (Sr., F,. 5-9), Taylor Gerhart (Sr., G, 5-8), Jessica Gural (Sr. G. 5-5),

Neema Liverpool (Jr., G, 5-6), Camille Menns (Jr., F., 5-10), Lacey Gress (So., G, 5-6),

Sydney Hughes (So., G, 5-7), Allison Haley (Fr., G, 5-6), Brianna Jackson (Fr., G, 5-7).

Outlook: The Rams held their own last year, their first season in the Blue Division, especially down the stretch where they went 5-1 over their final six regular-season games. Howell said his team’s goal is to improve on their middle-of-the-pack final standing. Wardlaw-Hartridge returns six letterwinners, and features several multi-sport athletes, including Gerhart, Liverpool and Gress that could prove key to the Rams success.


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