MCHS boys hit hardwood for first week of practice
November 14, 2001
By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
Recovering from the loss of the two lead characters and the entire supporting cast would be worrisome for most directors, but coach Blaine Corlett is on the road to a rebound.
Top scorers Kevin Voorhees and Jeff Gaylord, who combined for more than 500 points last season, along with other key players graduated, leaving large shoes to fill on the Bulldog boy’s basketball team.
However, three players returning with varsity experience, and a slew of players hungry for their first taste of varsity action is this young team’s recipe for success.
“When you lose two All-Conference players like Kevin and Jeff it’s going to open up holes in your program big holes,” Corlett said. “But we’ve got some good leaders in this year’s senior class, and we’ll have to start depending on some of our younger kids.”
Seniors Mike Charchalis and Kyle Hazelwood will form the backbone of this year’s team.
Charchalis saw extensive action at forward last season, and is projected to do so again this season. From forward, Charchalis scored 94 points over the season, and was one of the team’s top rebounders.
Corlett described the senior forward as an extremely physical player with a desire to win.
“He’s an intense player, who doesn’t take a second off when he’s on the court,” Corlett said.
Joining Charchalis is Hazelwood, who has suited-up for varsity during his entire high school career.
From point guard, Hazelwood was the team’s third highest scorer with 191 points, and is a threat from nearly anywhere on the court.
“I think that we can have a year as good as last year’s, if not better with the guys we have,” Hazelwood said. “Really I think we can make it much further.”
The only other returner with extensive varsity time is Anthony Loughran, who wracked up nearly 30 quarters worth of varsity action as a freshman. The sophomore now will step in to a more pronounced role, as one of the teams forwards.
Loughran scored only 64 points over the varsity season last year, but was the fourth highest scorer on the junior varsity with 154 points.
“Anthony was playing like an upperclassman as a freshman, and is only coming back to us with another year of experience under his belt,” Corlett said. “But a lot of younger kids are going to have to play like upperclassmen.”
Loughran is not the only junior varsity player who will most likely see a lot of varsity time this season. Juniors Pablo Loya and Brian Skoronski, the top scorers for the junior varsity, are expected to step into key positions as well. The two combined for 375 points over the season.
Also expected to see time are seniors Brandon Perry and David Ridenour.
With inexperience being the main obstacle for the Bulldogs to overcome, Corlett sees one particular thing about preseason working in their favor the late start.
“A lot of people think the extra week of practice doesn’t send a team in ready to play teams who have a game under its belt,” Corlett said. “For us, I think its going to help. It’s just going to give us a chance to get our younger kids acclimated to the system better, and gives us more time to prepare.”