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Boys Basketball Preview: Berks III

Wyomissing

Last Season’s Record: 17-8 (9-1 in Berks III); Lost to Manheim Central in first round of District 3 AAA playoffs.

Top Returning Scorer: Brock Kovach (Sr., 5.5 PPG), Chase Hartman (Sr. 5.5 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Jarvay Bolton (Soph., 4.8 PPG), Sean Smith (Sr., 1.6 PPG), Colin Smith (Soph., 1.5 PPG)

Player to Watch: Brock Kovach made 17 three point field goals last season.  He will need to step it up more this winter as the Spartans turn to him to fill Joe Cacchione’s shoes offensively.

Oley Valley

Last Season’s Record: 14-7 (8-2 in Berks III); No Playoffs

Top Returning Scorer: Hunter Renninger (Sr., 8.4 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Ben Kerkeslager (Jr., 6.5 PPG), Joseph Coopersmith (Jr., 4.6 PPG), Mitch Burns (Sr., 1.8 PPG)

Player to Watch: Ben Kerkeslager averaged 6.5 points per game last season as a sophomore.  As a forward who is able to shoot the ball well, the Lynx will depend on Kerkeslager to stretch the floor this year.

Brandywine Heights

Last Season’s Record: 8-15 (6-4 in Berks III); Lost to Trinity in 2nd round of District 3 AA playoffs.

Top Returning Scorer: Michael Hunter (Sr., 8.1 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Sean Ziegler (Sr., 6.8 PPG), Jake DeLong (Jr., 2.9 PPG), Bryce Galczynski (Sr., 1.7 PPG)

Player to Watch: Sean Ziegler will be the guard who is depended on most by the Bullets this season.  A year ago, Ziegler hit 26 three pointers, which was good for second on the team.

Antietam

Last Season’s Record: 13-11 (3-7 in Berks III); Lost to Lebanon Catholic in 2nd round of District 3 A Playoffs.

Top Returning Scorer: Andy Wrobel (Jr., 13.1 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Shamar Ross (Jr., 10.8 PPG), Nolan Lee (Sr., 5.3 PPG), Brandon Keim (Jr. 5.3 PPG)

Player to Watch: Shamar Ross is the second scorer that the Mounties need to be successful in Berks III.  He is a perfect complement to Andy Wrobel on offense.

Tulpehocken

Last Season’s Record: 8-15 (3-7 in Berks III); Lost to Hanover in first round of District 3 AA Playoffs.

Top Returning Scorer: Robert Ekvall (Jr., 12.2 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Bryan Mellen (Sr., 9.1 PPG), Noah Carles (Jr., 6.9 PPG), Jonathan Hain (Jr., 4.9 PPG)

Player to Watch: Robert Ekvall has emerged as one of the top scorers in Berks County, having established himself last year as only a sophomore.  Expect Ekvall to increase upon his scoring numbers this season, all the while leading the Trojans to contention in Berks III.

Kutztown

Last Season’s Record: 5-15 (1-9 in Berks III); No Playoffs

Top Returning Scorer: Tucker Landis (Sr., 5.8 PPG)

Projected Key Contributors: Austin Isamoyer (Sr., 4.1 PPG), Jordan Kemp (Sr., 2.8 PPG), Steve Eberly (Jr., 2.7 PPG)

Player to Watch: Jordan Kemp (3) and Steve Eberly (1) are the only returning players who made three pointers last season.  Someone will need to step up to replace Andrew Gernert who made 48 last season.

About Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a 23 year old native of Pottstown, PA. Justin is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan. Justin has also written, recorded, and performed music for the last 10+ years.