COACH: Todd Salva
LAST YEAR: 6-14 (6-12)
TOP PLAYERS: Jack Granger, 5-7, Sr. capt., G; Alex Markoski, 5-11, Sr. capt., F; Devin Rodrigue, 6-4, Jr., C; Conor Doyle, 5-11, Jr., G; Cam Powers, 5-7, So., G
OUTLOOK: The Blue Devils will fare better than a year ago behind Granger and Markoski, but might be a year away from contending for a league title.
COACH: John Pinone
LAST YEAR: 16-8 (13-5)
TOP PLAYERS: Mike McNally, 6-1, Sr. capt, F; Jake Regula, 6-1, Sr. capt., G (14.0 ppg.); Matt Turkingston, 6-4, Sr. capt., F; DeAndre Hamblin, 6-0. Sr., G; Jauchswann Green, 6-4, Sr., F
OUTLOOK: Last season was supposed to be a down year and the program still won 16 games. Now, the Panthers have enough experience returning to be considered the favorite to win the Shoreline.
COACH: Parker Strong
LAST YEAR: 11-12 (9-8)
TOP PLAYERS: Colin Parks, 6-5, Sr. capt., C (12.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.); Matt Booth, 5-10, Sr. capt., G; Matt Vasquenza, 5-7, Sr., G (14.0 ppg.; Marvin Gorgas, 5-9, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: East Hampton has enough experience returning to get over the .500 mark and nab one of the Shoreline’s tournament berths.
COACH: Gary Marineau
LAST YEAR: 4-15 (3-14)
TOP PLAYERS: Jason Traceski, 6-0, Sr. capt., G (11.6 ppg.); Craig Botteon, 6-0, Sr. capt., G (9.7 ppg.); Zak Davidson, 5-9, Sr., G; Jimmy Lucido, 6-1, Sr., F; James Jones, 6-0, Jr., F
OUTLOOK: The Noises will bounce back this season behind Traceski and Botteon. Can they get into double digits for victories? It is certainly possible.
COACH: Steve Jefferson
LAST YEAR: 11-12 (10-7)
TOP PLAYERS: Jabari Kenney, 6-4, Jr. Capt., F; Eric Teixeira, 6-1, Sr. capt., F; Chris Maddox, 6-0, Jr. capt., G;
Tracey Ray, 6-2, Jr., G-F; Sunday Okuneye, 6-9, Jr., C
OUTLOOK: It’s been a lean couple of years for the Howling Wolves. They should be better this year behind their three tri-captains, maybe even a league contender. It will be interesting to see how quickly Okuneye develops.
COACH: Ken Beeman
LAST YEAR: 12-11 (9-9)
TOP PLAYERS: Justin Santa Maria, 6-1, Sr. capt., F/C; Alan Esposito, 6-2, Jr., G/F; Eric Peterson, 6-4, Jr., C; Evan Barillaro, 6-4, Jr., F/C
OUTLOOK: The Huskies lost Tyler Anglin and a host of others off of last season. The program returns no one with varsity experience. It could be a long season for the Huskies.
COACH: Dave Parness
LAST YEAR: 7-13 (5-13)
TOP PLAYERS: Austin DeFrancesco, 5-7, Jr., G; Mark DiLauro, 6-2, Jr., F; Kevin Tressel, 6-2, Sr., F
OUTLOOK: The Thunderbirds came up one game short of qualifying for the state tournament last year. Now Parness takes over for George Braun and just approximately 3 points per game return. So it will be a rebuilding season for the Thunderbirds.
COACH: Kirk Kaczor
LAST YEAR: 20-7 (14-3)
TOP PLAYERS: Danny Chapman, 6-3, Sr., C/F; Jacob Ballachino, 5-9, Jr., G; Zac Abrahamsson, 6-0, Jr., G/F; Liam Corrigan, 6-4, Jr., C
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats had a great 2012-13 campaign, reaching the Shoreline Conference final and the Class S state semifinals. But Old Lyme lost all five starters, so the team will take a few steps back.
COACH: Tim Arsenault
LAST YEAR: 10-13 (7-11)
TOP PLAYERS: Sam Henry, 5-6, Jr., G; Dan Murphy, 5-9, Sr., G; Nate Corrado, 5-9, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: The Rams lost three starters, including Michael Barrett, who averaged 18 ppg. If those youngsters can gain some experience, Old Saybrook could qualify once again for postseason play.
COACH: Kevin Woods
LAST YEAR: 26-2 (18-0)
TOP PLAYERS: Peter Varry, 6-2, Sr. capt., F; Jake Luster, 5-10, Sr. capt., G; Chris Jean-Pierre, 6-0, Jr., F (9.0 ppg.); David Bradbury, 5-11, Jr., F
OUTLOOK: The Warriors lost four starters off of their Shoreline and Class M state championship team, including All-Area performers Jon Luster and Chris O’Connor. So Jean-Pierre, the lone returning starter must carry the load while the others gain necessary experience. Still, two state titles in three seasons won’t allow Valley to sneak up on anyone anymore.
COACH: Jeff Beeman
LAST YEAR: 13-10 (10-7)
TOP PLAYERS: Cade Muckle, 6-1, Sr. capt., G; Jordan Bernard, 6-0, Sr. capt., F; Sam Grigo, 6-0, Sr., G; Faruk Cecunjanin, 6-2, Sr., G-F
OUTLOOK: Westbrook will improve off of last year’s mark behind Muckle, Bernard and Grigo. It may not be Shoreline title contention, but the White Knights will be a league playoff team.