We published our high school basketball previews Friday on Boston.com. Here are summaries with links to each of the previews.
Division 1 boys basketball
Central Catholic is looking to capture its third Division 1 state championship in four years. Despite losing 6-foot-11-inch center Carson Desrosiers, who hit the game-winning shot with five seconds left in the Raiders' 56-55 victory over St. John’s (S) in last year’s finale, coach Rick Nault has three returning starters. “This is the most talented, athletic group we’ve ever had,’’ he said. Read more.
Division 1 girls basketball
After Andover electrified crowds from the TD Garden to the DCU Center in the final days of the 2009-2010 season, the defending Division 1 champion is looking for a repeat of a phenomenal year. The Golden Warriors have jumped out to a 4-0 start this season, but they’ll have to get through competitors like Merrimack Valley rival Central Catholic and South powerhouses Mansfield, Newton North, and New Bedford before they can celebrate again in March. Read more.
Division 2 boys basketball
Andre King and Kamali Bey averaged a combined 55 points a game last year and helped lead Sabis International Charter School to the Division 2 state championship. But this season they’re both gone – King graduated, Bay transferred – and coach Jim Mack is left trying to reinvent his team’s identity. “It’s just not going to be the same scoring,’’ Mack said. “We’ve got to be more disciplined both offensively and defensively.” Read more.
Division 2 girls basketball
With the departure of Lauren Batista from Oliver Ames, Alexis Peters from Fontbonne and Hannah Brickley from Melrose, last years’ top three teams from Eastern Mass. are all doing some rebuilding. Reading, Scituate, Foxboro and Bishop Feehan are all in the running for bragging rights this season. Read more.
Division 3-4 boys basketball
Wareham is entering the season hoping to defend its Division 3 state title; of course, the Vikings know that “defending’’ is a strong word. The Vikings lost seven of their top eight players and three 1,000 point scorers, including current New Bedford-standout Jules Tavares. They expect to get offense from senior forward Juwaun Gamble, who poured in 16 in a recent win over dangerous Martha’s Vineyard. Coach Kevin Brogioli hopes the changes on the back of the jerseys will make the bulls-eye on the front that much smaller. Read more.
Division 3-4 girls basketball
The adage that defense wins championships couldn’t ring more true for the top girls’ basketball teams in Divisions 3 and 4. With the constant shuffling of lineups because of graduating seniors and transfers, teams always start with the basics. A successful season starts with a strong defense. “It’s easier to gel on defense,” Manchester-Essex coach Lauren DuBois said. “You look for certain people to score on offense, but everyone has to play defense. So you get experience there.” Read more.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail email@example.com.