By John Torsiello
The Simsbury High School boys basketball team may have lost four starters to graduation but that doesn’t keep head coach Greg Stillman from believing his team can contend for a Central Connecticut Conference title this winter.
The Trojans finished 18-5 last year and will need immediate contributions from those filling in for graduated players off last year’s squad. But they do have one of the best players in the state, 6-5 junior guard E.J. Crawford, who was an All-State selection last year and scored 21 points a game.
Nate Medve, a 6-2 senior guard, saw considerable action in 2012-13 and scored 5.4 points a game, while Rayon Christie a 6-foot sophomore guard, got into a number of games and contributed eight points a contest. He figures only to get better with a year’s worth of experience.
Other key players figure to be 6-2 senior guard Steve Harris, 6-2 junior forward J.B. Hayes, and 5-10 junior guard Jack Patrina.
Stillman, who is starting his eighth year as head coach (75-74 record) and is assisted by John Timm, feels he has the weapons to make a run at a conference crown.
“We have several skilled players in addition to Crawford who can put the ball in the hoop.” He believes New Britain and Farmington will be the teams to beat in the Central Connecticut Conference this year.
The team’s captains will be Herron and Hayes, the latter missing most of last season after a tumor was discovered on his brain. He has returned to full strength and looks to make a solid contribution to the Trojans this year.