Vinalhaven looks to speed up rebuilding process
Vinalhaven — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Vinalhaven High School boys basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Matt Slivinsky, seventh year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 11-7, No. 5 seed in Western Class D playoffs. The Vikings ousted No. 4 Greenville 63-46 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 Hyde School of Bath 66-39 in the semifinals.
Roster: Seniors Scott James (center), Hayden Jones (guard/forward), Justin Newton (forward/center) and Shane Carlsen (guard); juniors Byron Thomas (forward/guard), Caleb Dyer (forward) and Hunter Smith (forward); sophomores Noah Slivinsky (guard), Ben Beckman (guard), Austin Christensen (forward) and Everett Webster (forward); and freshmen Lewis Cray (guard), Ian Dyer (guard/forward) and Doug Day (forward).
Outlook: The Vikings graduated four starters in Brian Stanley, Dillon Ames, Trey Warren and Steven Osgood, the latter of whom earned the 2011-12 East-West Conference athlete-of-the-year award.
"You can't fill holes like that really easily so this is going to be kind of a rebuilding year for us," said coach Slivinsky. "Our goal is to make the tournament, but it's going to be a tough, tough road for us."
The team is not only rebuilding, but also likely will change its style based on the amount of team speed the squad lost to graduation. Slininsky said the team will focus on halfcourt sets and zone defenses this season, but the islanders' philosophy could evolve as the season progresses.
James, a 6-foot-4-inch center, likely will be the focal point of the offense, while Jones could be the team's best all-around player. Thomas could lead the team in scoring, while Beckman also could provide quality perimeter shooting, said the veteran coach.
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