Is return to Augusta in cards for North Haven?
North Haven — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 North Haven Community School boys basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Roman Cooper, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 9-6, sixth in Western Class D. The Hawks lost to No. 3 Valley of Bingham 54-34 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Senior Riley Venger (6-foot-2-inch forward); juniors Ethan Taylor (6-1 forward), Zeb Campbell (5-10 guard/forward), Dalton Hornby (5-8 guard) and Chayse MacDonald (5-6 guard); sophomores Avery Waterman (5-11 guard), Adam Murphy (5-7 guard) and Aidan Emerson (5-10 guard); freshmen Caleb Mao (5-7 guard); and eighth-graders Tristan Carrier (5-7 guard) and Kaleb Campbell (5-9 forward)
Outlook: Cooper coached the Hawks in last year's playoff game and is back this season full-time, replacing Ryan Lantagne. And Cooper is taking over a team that could return to the Augusta Civic Center and the Western Class D playoffs for the second straight year.
The Hawks will rely on their speed and have been displaying it in spades in practice and games this season, as well as strong perimeter shooting, which Cooper hopes will translate to wins.
Venger has been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but the Hawks have remained focused. Venger averaged 11 points and seven rebounds last season.
"It's a big blow, but from what I've seen, these kids are making up for it," said Cooper. "The way we have them organized and playing, they're going to make up for it?"
Waterman and Emerson will be threats from the outside, while Hornby "has improved probably 400 percent" from last season, said the first-year coach.
The team's goal, of course, is to qualify for the regional tournament.
"They went in sixth last year and our goal is to qualify in a higher position than that," Cooper said.
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