COACH: Todd Salva
LAST YEAR: 12-11 (9-9)
TOP PLAYERS: Josh Smith, 6-1, Sr. capt., F; Conor Doyle, 5-11, Sr. capt., G; Devin Rodrigue, 6-4, Sr., C; Cam Powers, 5-8, Jr., G; Zach Terrill, 6-3, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: The return of Smith, Rodrigue and Powers among others will put the Blue Devils over the .500 mark in the Shoreline and a darkhorse candidate for the conference championship.
COACH: John Pinone
LAST YEAR: 23-3 (17-1)
TOP PLAYERS: Pete Dewey, 5-8, Jr., G; Sean DelValle, 6-3, Jr., F; Bryan Howard, 6-0, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: The Panthers will have to overcome the loss of all five starters and their first two reserves. Still, this is a club that will not relinquish the Shoreline title easily.
COACH: Parker Strong
LAST YEAR: 21-5 (14-3)
TOP PLAYERS: Jake Vickery, 6-1, Sr. capt., G-F (11.4 ppg.); Zak Johnson, 5-10, Sr., G; Chad Stanton, 5-11, Jr., F; Kyle Cutler, 5-9, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: East Hampton is coming off a banner season, reaching the conference tournament final and the Class S state quarterfinals. But the Bellringers lost Colin Parks and Matt Vasquenza among others, so it will be a rebuilding season.
COACH: Pete Asadourian
LAST YEAR: 8-13 (6-12)
TOP PLAYERS: Luke Ford, 6-1, Sr. capt., G; Hunter Czaja, 6-1, Sr. capt., G; Julio Lopes, 5-10, Sr., G; Matt Genovesio, 5-10, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: A senior-dominated rotation should be helpful for the Cougars, who will be looking to be a darkhorse candidate in the Shoreline this season.
COACH: Ryan Freeman
LAST YEAR: 4-16 (3-14)
TOP PLAYERS: Brian Johnson, 6-0, Sr. capt., G; Evan Lorentson, 6-0, Jr. capt., G; Ryan Nichisti, 6-0, Sr., G; Matt Augustine, 6-1, So., F; Garrett Lemke, 6-0, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: Freeman replaces Gary Marineau. It looks to be another lean year for the Little Noises.
COACH: Steve Jefferson
LAST YEAR: 11-12 (8-9)
TOP PLAYERS: Jabari Tinney, 6-5, Sr. capt., F; Carl Edwards, 6-0, So. capt., G; Chris Maddox, 6-0, Sr. capt., G; Curtis Watters, 5-7, Sr., G; Sunday Okuneye, 6-9, Sr., C
OUTLOOK: Jefferson labeled last season “extremely challenging and disappointing.” The Howling Wolves have been a .500 club for a couple of seasons now. They have enough experience to be better than that this season.
COACH: Ken Beeman
LAST YEAR: 5-15 (3-15)
TOP PLAYERS: Mike Murray, 6-1, Jr. capt., G-F (12.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg.); Dylan Ketch, 6-0, Jr. capt., G-F (11.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.); Gabe Eriksen, 6-0, Jr. capt,. G-F; Chucky Kostek, 6-1, Jr. capt., G-F
OUTLOOK: The Huskies return four of five starters, so a postseason berth should be in the offing. But Morgan is year away from serious conference title contention.
COACH: Dave Parness
LAST YEAR: 2-18 (1-17)
TOP PLAYERS: Austin DeFrancesco, 5-8, Sr. capt., G; Mark DiLauro, 6-3, Sr. capt., F (18.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg.); Jake Sidle, 6-1, Sr., G; Nick Candelora, 5-9, Sr., G
OUTLOOK: DiLauro will be the player everyone needs to stop. If he gets some offensive support, North Branford will definitely improve off of last year’s mark.
COACH: Kirk Kaczor
LAST YEAR: 10-12 (9-8)
TOP PLAYERS: Jacob Ballachino, 5-10, Sr. capt., G; Zac Abrahamsson, 6-1, Sr., G/F; Liam Corrigan, 6-4, Sr., C; Hunter Sheffield, 6-0, Sr., G; Drake Gavin, 6-2, Jr., F
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats return Ballachino, Abrahamsson and Corrigan among others, which will put the Wildcats over .500 and be very competitive in the conference race.
COACH: Tim Arsenault
LAST YEAR: 12-10 (11-7)
TOP PLAYERS: Noah Boland, 6-0, Sr. capt., F; Samir Cecunjanin, 5-9, Sr. capt., G; Owen Greene, 6-5, Jr., F; Connel Henderson, 5-6, So., G; Scott Cabral, 5-10, Jr., G
OUTLOOK: The Rams lost three starters, but Cecunjanin, Boland and Greene all played significant minutes last year, so the team should be just as good. A move into the league’s small division could also help turn the Rams into contenders.
COACH: Chris Serra
LAST YEAR: 5-15 (4-13)
TOP PLAYERS: Brady Marconi, 5-10, Sr. capt., G; Connor Giveans, 6-3, Sr. capt., F; Jose Rivera, 5-10, Sr., G; Roland Thivierge, 6-0, So., F; Austin White, 5-10, So., G
OUTLOOK: With four starters returning, Portland will be improved and should have a chance to qualify for the Class S state tournament.
COACH: Kevin Woods
LAST YEAR: 20-7 (14-4)
TOP PLAYERS: Chris Jean-Pierre, 6-0, Sr. capt., G-F (18.6 ppg., 8.3 rpg.); David Bradbury, 5-11, Sr. capt., F (16.0 ppg.); Hunter Linfesty, 6-4, Sr., F; Nash Eppard, 6-4, Jr., F; Brennan Joy, 6-5, Sr., G-F
OUTLOOK: The Warriors made a spirited run to the Class S championship game, losing to Sacred Heart. Jean-Pierre and Bradbury return for the favorite to capture the league title and make another Class S tournament run.
COACH: Jeff Beeman
LAST YEAR: 19-4 (15-2)
TOP PLAYERS: Marty Marx, 6-6, Sr. capt., F; Ronnie Oldham, 5-9, Sr. capt., G; Brad Cates, 6-1, Jr. capt., G; Alex Hartzell, 6-2, Jr., G; Liam Bell, 6-2, So., G
OUTLOOK: Westbrook is coming off a tremendous season, but lost stalwarts Cade Muckle and Sam Grigo among five other seniors. Beeman feels the new group of White Knights will compete for a spot in the league playoffs — but it won’t be easy.