Danbury Boys Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Drew Davie, 4th season
Last Season: 1-22 (0-14 TAAC)
Key Players: Connor Lenthe; Caleb Gerber; Dominic Manuella; James Dorko; John Rhodes; Hunter Stinchcomb; Keegan Rakosky
Outlook: After a couple of tough seasons, things are starting to look up for Drew Davie's crew.
With just three seniors and a core of players that have gained crucial experience in the past few years, good things are in store for the present and future Danbury Lakers.
This unit, which includes seven returning letter winners in Dominic Manuella, Caleb Berger, John Rhodes, Hunter Stinchcomb, James Dorko, Keegan Rakosky and Connor Lenthe as well as newcomers Ryan Chapman and Jon Brooks, features some versatile athletes who will benefit from Davie's decision to have the team switch from playing zone to playing man-to-man defense.
Playing in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference is no easy task. With heavyweights like Ottawa Hills and Toledo Christian and quality programs in Maumee Valley CD, Gibsonburg and Cardinal Stritch, the Lakers will have their work cut out for themselves, but they should be up to the task. Five of Danbury's first seven games are on the road, but it will have opportunities to get some early wins before getting into the heart of the TAAC schedule.
Danbury Boys Basketball 2013-2014
Number, Name, Grade
(1) Dominic Manuella**: Senior
(3) John Rhodes*: Sophomore
(4) Ryan Chapman: Junior
(5) Jon Brooks: Junior
(11) Caleb Gerber*: Junior
(14) Connor Lenthe*: Sophomore
(23) James Dorko*: Junior
(24) Kegan Rakosky**: Senior
(33) Hunter Stinchcomb*: Junior
* Denotes years lettered
Danbury Girls Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Joe Fetzer, 2nd season
Last Season: 10-13 (9-5 TAAC)
Key Players: Erin Lavelle; Katie Almendinger; Cassidy Rhodes; Tori Wright; Alyssa Almendinger; Stephanie Kukay; Megan Stephens
Outlook: The Lakers were good last year. Expect them to be better this time around.
Having lost just one player from a unit that finished third in the TAAC last season, Danbury should be able to compete with the best teams in the conference this year and make some noise come playoff time.
The Lakers, led by Erin Lavelle, a first-team TAAC selection last year, have seven returning letter winners, a group that includes Alyssa Almendinger, Katie Almendinger, Cassidy Rhodes, Tori Wright, Megan Stephens and Stephanie Kukay. It is a versatile group, one that has a sufficient supply of point guards (Rhodes, A. Almendinger), wings (K. Almendinger, Lavelle, Stephens) and post players (Wright, Kukay).
And while they're a talented bunch, how they play together will determine whether or not they're successful this season. But more than that, it's their commitment to defense that will enable them to take the next step and become a 13-15 win team that will challenge for a league title.
Danbury Girls Basketball 2013-2014 Roster
Number, Name, Grade
(10) Lexi Mitchell: Sophomore
(11) Haley Menier: Junior
(14) Alyx Perram: Sophomore
(20) Megan Stephens*: Junior
(22) Cassidy Rhodes*: Senior
(23) Kelly Lavelle: Sophomore
(25) Erin Lavelle*: Senior
(30) Katie Almendinger*: Senior
(32) Alyssa Almendinger*: Senior
(35) Tori Wright*: Senior
(45) Stephanie Kukay*: Junior
(51) Bri Adams: Sophomore
* Denotes returning letter winner