Head Coach: Eric Medved
2018-19 Record: 14-7
Key Returning Players: Dalton Maxon (only returning starter)
Coming off an excellent 2018-19 campaign the Bengals roster lost seven players to graduation but will see an infusion of talent from the senior class as Tristan Nemjo, Jacob Barbera, Alex Medved and Miles Ednie, will all return to basketball after spending a year away from the sport.
Danny Honsinger returns as a “glue kid” for coach Medved who likes what he see’s in the preseason from his Bengals.
“We get better each and every practice which is what you want to see in a new group. This is a very unselfish team that simply lacks varsity level game experience. We have four sophomores and a freshman who will play significant roles this season which is a huge benefit down the road, but for now we are young. ”
Medved likes the potential he sees in freshman Joe Poulin and sophomore Zach Rice saying the tandem could be “poetry in motion” as they continue to grow moving forward.
When asked what his team needed to do to be successful this year the Tamarac mentor responded, “We pass the ball very well and are unselfish, if we utilize that as a strength we may surprise some people.”
As for top contenders in the league, Medved named a handful of squads as is so often the case in the Wasaren where on any given night the difference between a “W” and a Ziggy is slim.
Defending champion Hoosick Falls, an experienced Stillwater squad, a Mechanicville team that “returns 90% of it’s firepower”, Spa Catholic and a “savvy Waterford group” highlighted Medved’s thoughts on the league’s best.
Finally, the head coach wants people to recognize his team as being “hungry”. ” We may not be pretty to look at all the time, but we will compete.”