Clearfield boys basketball lacking height this season|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HYDE - After finishing last season with an 8-15 record and earning a trip to the District 9 Class AAA semifinals, the Clearfield boys basketball team returns three letterwinners to the 2012 squad.
The Bison lost seven seniors to graduation last year, including their top scorer, Robbie Myers, who was one of the best centers that the area had to offer.
Without Myers' inside presence, Clearfield has a lack of height on head coach Forrest Campman's roster this year, with the tallest player standing at 6-2 in Jon Janocko.
Still, Campman expects big things from his letterwinners - seniors Seth Beardsley and Trey Jordan and junior Christian Lezzer. Campman expects other role players from last year to step up for some varsity minutes as well.
"The one thing that is good is this is the first year in three years that I haven't lost time because of football," said Campman. "We can't make the excuse that you lost a week like last year. It's been hard the last couple years to regroup. You get some kids that are banged up coming out of football. Last year, we had the Myers kid that was a very good player for us, but he was never 100 percent the whole season. You feel kind of bad because you see some of these kids play in the summer and really play well."
"Jordan and Lezzer are going to score some points. We're not a real big team. Height is going to be a major disadvantage for us. Those two kids are obviously very athletic kids. Beardsley is coming back and he played at least a half in every game last year. They are three kids that played significant minutes.
"There are a lot of teams that won't have that much experience coming back. We have to find a way to get some points out of our other guys. But at the same time, we can't allow our size to be detrimental to us."
Lezzer is the team's returning leading scorer, nearly averaging 10 points per game last season. He is also one of the team's biggest three-point threats, splashing 27 treys last season. Jordan averaged 7.9 points per game last year, while Beardsley had 2.2 points per game.
"I'm happy with everybody," said Campman. "We're getting better everyday. When you look at our top seven guys, five of them are football players. It's a change for them conditioning wise. But I've enjoyed it. They've worked real hard. In the last couple of years, this is probably one of my more enjoyable starts, but it's always enjoyable until you play a game."
Janocko and Wyatt Westen will join Lezzer, Jordan and Beardsley as the starters with Andy Brown and Seth Ford coming off the bench to play significant minutes. Campman says there are still some positions up for grabs for the rest of the squad.
"Obviously, you have to find an eighth and ninth man and it'll be between a couple of those juniors and a couple of sophomores," he said. "It will all depend on how they play (in scrimmages)."
"If we can play solid defensively and rebound the ball, we'll play with everybody. If we don't, that becomes a drawback for us. We just have to find some other kids ways to score points and get them seasoned at the varsity level right away."
Campman will be assisted this season by Matt Wassil, Erik Durncik, Tom Janocko and Joe Davis.
"You still get excited starting out a new season," said Campman. "You have your ups and your downs. I see a lot of upside in my kids this year. I see a lot of upside coming up through the program. Our record last year was a really deceiving record.
"We ended up with an 8-15 record, but we were in so many ballgames that hopefully with the experience with the three letterwinners we have coming back, can help us win some of those games. This year, I think it's going to be a lot of close ballgames."
The Bison get their season under way on Monday against backyard rival Curwensville at the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnsium. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
*Seth Beardsley, Kenton Climie, *Trey Jordan.
Andy Brown, Frank Butler, Seth Ford, Luke Godissart, Derek Hryn, Jon Janocko, Devin Jones, *Christian Lezzer, Josh Neeper, Kaleb Taylor, Wyatt Westen.
C.J. Gathagan, Spencer Herrington, Jake Lansberry, Jesus Rosa, Erik Sellers.
10-Curwensville; 12-at Central; 14-Huntingdon; 18-at Bald Eagle Area; 21-at Bellefonte; 27-at Purchase Line Lions Club Tournament, 6 p.m.; 28-at Purchase Line Lions Club Tournament, 6 p.m.
4-Punxsutawney; 7-Brookville; 8-Tyrone; 11-at Penns Valley; 15-Philipsburg-Osceola; 18-at St. Marys; 21-at DuBois; 23-Central; 25-at Huntingdon, 7:15 p.m.; 30-Bald Eagle Area.
1-Bellefonte; 6-at Tyrone; 8-Penns Valley; 11-at Curwensville; 12-at Philipsburg-Osceola.
Games start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted.