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Reynolds' Chris Laverty drives to the basket during a game against Vision Quest. Laverty and senior classmate Russ Conley have led the Raiders to a 21-1 record. Reynolds faces North East tonight at Slippery Rock University.

The Lakeview, Reynolds, West Middlesex and Wilmington boys basketball teams are in action tonight in the District 10 playoffs. Following are preview boxes:



CLASS AA

Who: Reynolds (21-1) vs. North East (14-8).

When: 6:30 p.m. today.

Where: Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

Key players: Reynolds—Chris Laverty, 6-0 Sr. point guard (21 ppg.); Russell Conley, 6-9 Sr. post (17.2); Jake Galus, 6-4 Sr. swingman (9.2); Andrew Martin, 6-2 Sr. forward (6.9); Ben Cutshaw, 6-1 Sr. forward (4.9); T.J. Mahlon, 6-4 Sr. forward. North East—David Coburn 5-10 Sr. (17.4); Curtis Bailey, 6-0 Sr (10.7); Chris Kutterna, 6-4 Sr. (8.8); Brad Taylor, 6-3 Sr. (5.0); Jimmy Bailey, 5-9 Jr. (4.4).

Bonus Shots: Laverty has laid in a school standard 1,540 career points, while Conley has collected another 1,247. Laverty has five 30--plus point performances this year. ... Conley missed 1 game (a 55-53 win over Wilmington) due to a hyper-extended knee, but played well in Reynolds’ last 3 games. ... Reynolds registered back-to-back 16-win seasons, but last year ended in an opening-round tourney loss to Girard (77-48) and the Raiders were not even selected to the postseason the previous year. ... Reynolds’ lone loss occurred to Class A West Middlesex (46-45), and one of the Raiders’ wins occurred at the expense of Kennedy Catholic (77-69), The Harrisburg Patriot-News’ top-ranked single-A squad. .... This is the best single-season in Reynolds roundball history, surpassing coach Chuck Garrett’s 1963-64 squad (17-7) that shared the county crown (Class B, when the league was an A-B format) and Larry Jones’ 1983-84 (18-10) team that was led by Brian Brown and Ron Spencer. Ironically, that ’63-64 team also met North East in the D-10 tourney’s opening round, and the Raiders rallied from a 15-point deficit for a 62-58 win before bowing to Mercer (42-40) in its next outing. The ’83-84 team lost to Erie-East (68-59) in the 1st round. That team was led by Shannon Pullium, the long-tenured head coach at Strong Vincent. ... This is the 2nd season in coach Scott Weaver’s 2nd stint at the Raiders’ helm. His initial 8-year tenure in Transfer produced a composite 55-134 ledger, and only one non-losing season (12-12 in ’96-97). ... 10th-year coach Tom Pyle’s ’Pickers are in the playoffs for the 7th straight season, highlighted by last season’s senior-laden 29-2 run to the state’s Final Four before bowing to Jeannette (75-66). They are the back-to-back D-10 AA titlists and have won 3 of the last 4. ... This year’s Grapepickers, minus 7 graduation losses, are outscoring opponents 56.6 to 49, and they ended 12-4 in their D-10 region. Four of their losses occured to Mercyhurst Prep and Fairview. ... Coburn has collected 52 treys, while Bailey has been credited with 54 steals

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Who: Wilmington (14-8) vs. Titusville (14-8).

When: 8 p.m. today.

Where: Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

Key players: Wilmington—Shane Wagner, 6-0 Sr. guard (16 ppg.); Dallas Hartman, 6-5 Sr. post (14.8); Carson Sharbaugh, 6-5 Sr. forward (8.1); Ian Kelly, 6-3 Sr. forward (7.1); Jake DeMedal, 6-1 Jr. guard (6.8); Matt Wagner, 6-6 Sr. post. Titusville—Alex Kline, 6-1 Fr. (9.7); Sean Clark, 6-2 Sr. (9.3); John Proano, 5-6 Sr. point guard (8.5); Adam Schwab, 6-0 Sr. forward (8.0); Adam Bodamer, 6-2 Sr. (4.9); Kyle Baker, 5-10 Jr.; John Feiereisen, 6-0 Jr.

Bonus Shots: Owing to the football team’s state championship season the ’Hounds had a somewhat slow start (3-3) before embarking on 9 wins in 11 games, including 5 straight; however the Hounds had 3 losses in their final 5 games. ... Fourth-year Hounds’ head coach Will Harris is a second generation mentor, following in his father Richard’s footsteps. ... Head coach Tim Miller’s Rockets recorded 6 straight wins before bowing in their regular-season finale at Oil City (70-45). One of Titusville’s early triumphs occurred at Villa Maria (51-35, Dec. 12). ... The Rockets outscored opponents 47.3 to 44.5. ... Kline has connected for 33 treys.

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Who: Lakeview (12-10) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (20-2).

When: 6:30 p.m. today.

Where: General McLane High, Edinboro.

Key players: Lakeview—Dylan Bertin, 6-2 Sr. (13.2 ppg.); Jones Philson, 5-9 Sr. (7.6); Cody McKean, 5-11 Sr. (6.7); Ben Bires, 5-8 Sr. (6.5); Cody Rodgers, 5-8 Sr. (5.9); Lucas Reddick, 6-1 Soph. (5.5). Mercyhurst Prep—Josh Chojnacki, 6-8 Jr. (18.0); Ricky Majewski, 6-2 Sr. (10.0); Zach Miller, 6-2 Sr. (8.8); John Eisenman, 5-8 Jr. (6.3); Nick Stolar, 5-9 Sr. (6.0).

Bonus Shots: The Sailors of 9th-year skipper Gary Burke copped 3 consecutive season-ending wins — one an upset of playoff-bound Wilmington — to notch a 6-4 Region 2-AA record and postseason berth after failing to do so a year ago. Eight of the Sailors’ setbacks (Kennedy Catholic and Reynolds twice each; Hickory, Wilmington West Middlesex, VisionQuest once apiece) occurred to playoff teams. ... The Lakers lost to Atholton (50-41) in a holiday tourney in Morgantown, W. Va., then to Fairview (49-45, OT) on Jan. 30 Prep posted 4 straight season-ending wins (including 59-34 over Strong Vincent, Feb. 7) and 14 of 15. The Lakers are 2-1 in OT games, 11-1 away from home and 2-0 against Quad-A teams. ... Since its ’06 D-10 title, Prep’s previous pair of playoff appearances ended one-and-done.

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CLASS A

Who: West Middlesex (10-12) vs. Villa Maria (18-4).

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills.”

Key players: West Middlesex—Kyle Allen, 6-2 Sr. swingman (16.7 ppg.); Marcus Murray, 5-11 Jr. guard (11.8); Ryan Chupak, 6-3 Jr. post (11.1); Kyle Gregorich, 5-10 Sr. guard (3.9); James Gearhart, 6-3 Soph. forward; Christian Douglas, 5-10 Jr. guard (3.9).

Villa Maria—Matt Hilliard, 6-5 Sr. (15.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg.); Joe Galleher, 6-0 Jr. (10.0, 79 assists); Joe Gnacinski, 6-5 Soph. (9.1 ppg., 5.5 rpg.); Tyler Fisher, 5-11 Sr. (8.9); Terry Carson, 6-2 Sr. (6.9 ppg., 6 rpg.).

Bonus Shots: Chad Mild, Middlesex’s 10th-year mentor, earlier this season bypassed legendary Jim Marcolivio as the Big Reds’ winningest cage coach. Mild’s Middlesex minions are 157-90 during his tenure, including a trio of 20-win seasons (2005-06, ’01-02 and ’00-01). However his last 2 teams have suffered opening-round setbacks (Iroquois, 44-30 last year; Keystone, 51-42, in ’06--07). ... Middlesex met Villa Maria in the ’05-06 D-10 tourney semis, but suffered a 79-75 setback. ... The Big Reds rolled to an 8-5 record after starting the season 2-7. Of their dozen losses, 8 occurred to playoff teams: (Kennedy Catholic twice, Wilmington, Lakeview, Rocky Grove, VisionQuest, GJR). ... 6th-year head coach Joe Lunger’s Victors were victorious in 7 of their last 8 games to annex the school’s initial boys’ Region (co-)championship (13-3). That’s significant because the school no longer will accept male students, so this could be one of its last cage teams. ... Villa’s losses occurred to Titusville twice (51-35, 40-32), East (65-36) and Conneaut Valley (47-38). It also owns wins over Commodore Perry (57-30) and Greenville (34-24) at the former’s holiday tourney.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

OHSAA Division III

Lakeside Sectional

Who: Brookfield (10-9) vs. Maplewood (14-6).

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: Lakeside High in Ashtabula.

Key players: Brookfield — Kodi Brenner, 5-5 Sr. (11.3 ppg.); Ashley Swezey, 5-7 Jr. (10.6); Paige Wallace, 5-8 Jr. (7.2); Rachel Gentile, 5-8 Sr. (5.9); Brittany Hiner, 5-7 Sr. (4.8). Maplewood — Michelle Sloan, 5-4 Sr. (18.4); Brittany Rumple, 5-6 Soph. (12.8); Ellie Engstrom, 5-10 Sr. (10.0); Melissa Sloan, 5-5 Jr. (6.0); Taylor Snyder, 5-3 Soph. (2.4).

Bonus Shots: Coach Shawn Hammond’s Lady Warriors beat Maplewood (48-33) in Brookfield on Dec. 6. ... Last season, Maplewood beat Brookfield (54-49) in the season-opener for both teams but the Lady Warriors avenged the loss with a 55-40 win in the Lakeside Sectional championship game. ... After that title game win, Brookfield was ousted from the playoffs with a 49-43 loss to Rootstown in the Cuyahoga Falls Regional. ... In last year’s Lakeside Sectional, Brookfield beat Cardinal (61-10), Richmond Heights (78-72) and Gilmour Academy (42-29) before beating Maplewood. ... The winner of Saturday’s game advances to play Richmond Heights at 6 p.m. Wednesday. ... Coach Mark Yoder’s Maplewood squad competes in the Northeastern Athletic Conference (11-3). The school is located in Cortland. ... There are only 6 girls on the roster. The one not named above is Betsy Schwartz 5-9 Soph. (1.6 ppg.). ... Rumple has bucketed 33 treys this season and grabbed 153 rebounds (8.1 rpg). ... Sloan leads the team with 81 assists and 62 steals. ... Engstrom leads the team with 214 rebounds (10.7 rpg.).



Boys previews by Ed Farrell, Brookfield girls by Rob Malsom. Saturday’s District 10 girls playoff previews will appear in Saturday’s print and online editions of The Herald

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