While a number of teams are replacing their best players, others are helping their athletes recover.
Darien Fernandez is a star on the basketball court at Wareham High, and also on the gridiron. He finished his football career as the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (35).
But in the season finale, the 5-8 guard suffered a quadriceps contusion.
He sat out the first week of hoop practice, but coach Kevin Brogioli says he’s on the mend and isn’t expected to miss any games.
Wareham won the South Division 2 title last season, but lost to Danvers in the state semifinals 68-45. Brogioli observed how players performed in the post-season and is now counting on returning 6-foot-5 center Jeff Houde.
“Jeff had an excellent state tournament last year rebounding,” said Brogioli. “He scored more in tournament than all season. Right now it looks like he basically picked off where he left off.”
The Vikings are also going to give 6-foot-7 forward Quintin Silveira more time on the court.
“The team seems a little more physical than it has in past years,” said Brogioli. “We’re hoping to build off of the success of last year’s tourney.”
Coryn Doncaster can be reached at coryn.doncaster@ globe.com.