Expect speed, pressure from Wreckers
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly boys basketball team include, front row from left, Luke Reiner, Adam Capone, Josh Reiner, Lee Nyer, Luke Figas, Dillon Bizarre; back row, Brett Kelly, Michael Baade, Charlie Wallish, Joey Haganey, Tim Busher, Brett Stallone and Nick Miller. Other members of the team include Tyler Sipler, Derek Coombe and Jake Stower.
Ron Cann has been Weatherly's head boys basketball coach for the past six seasons and throughout the course of that time, one thing has remained a constant with the program speed.
With a lack of substantial size on the roster once again this season, that constant is going to need to play an important role for the Wreckers..
"We could be very successful this season with running the ball against other teams," Cann said. "We're hoping to produce many transition buckets in order to remain competitive with the schedule."
Defensively, Weatherly will go mostly man-to-man, but Cann plans on incorporating plenty of different looks to keep teams on their toes as games go on.
"We hope to win as many games as possible, and each day, we are taking small steps towards improvement," Cann stated. "We could be competitive with some of these other smaller schools, like us. But we will need to develop confidence in the players and that will hopefully come with experience."
Cann can be confident in three senior returnees in order to manufacture that positivity, as Charlie Wallish, Brett Stallone and Joey Haganey all man their respective positions from a year ago.
"Wallish is our biggest player, and at 6-0, that shows we don't have a lot of size," Cann remarked. "Charlie constantly is moving and his hustle sets him apart from other players. He has to rebound for us, and he knows that we're expecting that out of him."
Stallone comes back at shooting guard and his coaches will expect plenty of leadership out of him.
"Brett has great shooting ability and he will draw opponents' number one guard, defensively," Cann said. "Haganey is our best defender inside and we hope for double digit scoring out of him because he has worked extra hard in the off-season."
Another lock in the starting lineup for the Wreckers will be sophomore point guard Luke Reiner, who saw a lot of playing time a season ago.
"Luke played as a freshman for us and took his lumps last year, learning the ropes of the varsity game," Cann said. "He is going to be our coach on the floor and is a smart player."
Other players who could crack the starting five are Josh Reiner (Jr., guard), Tyler Sipler (So., forward), Nick Miller (So., guard/forward), and Luke Figas (Fr., point).
"Sipler has all the intangibles and could be a key for us to keep our team working," Cann added. "Nick Miller is a role player and will do what we need each night, and Figas is very aggressive and doesn't back down from anyone."
Having the tough core of three seniors will be crucial, however the learning process will be present each and every day of the season for the squad.
"We will be learning as the season goes along and hopefully the team will be able to gel. The confidence will come, but the kids need to get that confidence from their own success."
After a 6-16 season last year, Cann and company hope to improve on that mark and that should be a realistic goal, if everyone remains healthy.