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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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EC-Palm Beach Post Times, Sunday, Nov. !4, 1K8 BASKETBALL! Area Prep Teams Start Next Week Suncoast Conference Eastern Division this season also speaks for the entire area. "The coming season is an unknown quantity," he said. "Many big name basketball players are gone now. This is not to say there aren't any good players left, however. They just have not been recognized yet." Let's take a closer look at the three area conferences: SUNCOAST EAST VERO BEACH (Coached by Carson Coleman) Parris, a third team All-Area selection, and Russ give the Indians a solid nucleus to start this season as both have plenty of game experience. Tim Testerman, a 6-foot-1 transfer from Cocoa, is counted on to give Vero Beach added scoring depth. Another transfer Jerome Perry from Gifford, should also help the Indians title drive. Others who will see plenty of action are Hervie McReynolds, a standout member of the jayvee BY DON BOYKIN Staff Writer When Roosevelt High's Maroon Devils captured the State Class A basketball tournament last spring, a banner season for area schoolboy teams came to an end. Roosevelt's 30-0 won-lost record was only one of the many outstanding phases of the 1967-68 campaign, which ranks among the best in the history of the area. Talent-rich teams like Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Martin County and Vero Beach were also making winning a steady habit. But dow the Darrvl Ceravolos, the Page Wilkersons, the Don Snyders, the Greg Lowerys and the Pete Brobergs have since graduated leaving the area depleted of the "name" basketball player. Coach Joe .Ceravolo of Palm Beach High in summing up the squad last year, Jesse Swords and Dennis Downs. True, scoring ace Page Wil-kerson, who did it all for Vero Beach last year, and 6-foot-7 Richard Evitt are gone, but with two yeoman scorers returning plus a couple of stellar transfers, Vero Beach is definately the team to beat in the Suncoast East. FOREST HILL (Coached by Tom Cross) The Falcons are being touted for the runnerup spot with an outside chance of sneaking past Vero Beach. The reason: seven lettermen returning, all with excessive playing experience. Five members of the seven returnees were starters at one time for Cross last season. Returning are Todd Kouns, Ron Grisham, Bert Hathaway, Williams Wilson, Glen Snyder, Joel Cohen and Jon Branson. Tom Abbot is expected to contribute to Forest Hill's chances. One thing missing from this club is an established scorer, something Cross must find if he expects to overtake Vero Beach. Ken Stone, who did most of the Falcons scoring a season ago is gone, leaving a void in this department. The experience and rebounding strength is available, however, and Forest Hill should make things closer than Vero Beach would like. LAKE WORTH (Coached by John Raper) Four lettermen and an outstanding transfer plus a twin scoring threat off the jayvee team gives the Trojans a new and brighter look. Back from the last campaign are Joe Valliere, Scott Houser, Doug Stewart and Dan Diam-stra. Bob Cantrell - a 6-foot-3 senior from Bartow, where he was the sixth man on a club which recorded a 20-2 mark will lend both scoring and rebounding strength for the Trojans. Moving up from the JV's are Scott and Bret Smith a pair of score-happy twins plus Marty LeValley and Wes Cristie. Scott Stone, Jim Oatway and Butch Hall will also be on hand to give Lake Worth bench strength. DAN MCCARTY (Coached by Roger Wrench) Henry White, a 6-footer, who led the Eagles in scoring last season, returns as a junior and is one of the reasons many observers feel McCarty is RIVIERA'S . . . Carries f r j -.-w5B i V season at one point. Then all of his starters moved away leaving the Rams with only one returning letterman Garv Resmon-do. Steve and Charlie Close moved to Lake Worth and Dick Loveless moved back north, stripping Belle Glade of its experienced players. Luke is hoping his new recruits will be able to improve quick enough to make a bid for the upper part of the league standings. Expected to compose the varsity are Tony Rodriquez. who has never played organized basketball before, and jayvee graduates Ricky Roth. Brad Boone. Bubba Burns. Sonny Crawford, plus sophs Lionel Darvilleand Bill Thiebaud. JUPITER (Coached by Ken Cole) If Martin County should fail to materialize into the power expected. Jupiter appears to be the next in line. Three returning lettermen Ken Harmon 6-foot-3). Brian Kelley (5-foot-U) and John Gallatin 1 5-foot. -8 1 - are back and a pair of transfers Dave Hardy 1 6-foot and Dennis Mitchell ( 6-foot i make the Warriors a solid contender. Cole is confident his team will be able to run and shoot with anyone and he also feels rebounding a shortcoming last season will be stronger. Others expected to do a lot of playing are Will Elliott. Artis Pittman. Kew Howerton. Rick Havnor. Johri March and Billv Thompson. CLEWISTON (Coached by Bob Beltoni Roger McCray. a 5-loot-10 senior who was the leading scorer in the west last season, is back and this is reason enough to make Coach Bel-ton more optimistic. Three other starters also return - Skip Hall (5-foot-9i. Jerry Weaver (6-foot -3 1 and Kent Chapman (5-foot-lli. Newcomers Brady Hart and Randolph Mitchell are also being ticketed lor heavy play. Belton says he would like to think he has a chance to oust Martin County but adds. "I am afraid I am going to wake up and find out that it is not a reality." BOCA RATON (Coached by Harry Ghormleyi A host ol veterans are on the scene indicating the Bobcats area team to be reckoned with. A wealth of game experience is found in Jim Agatheas l5-foot-11), George Sparling (6-foot), Tom Miller l6-foot-2), Terry Al-bury (5-foot-ll), Steve Keitzer (5-foot-10) and Ken Hayden (5-foot-9). A lack of height is a sore snot, however, for Boca Raton. If it can overcome a likely absence of rebounds, the valued game experience could move the Bobcats into title contention. PAHOKEE (Coached by Joe Bud Staggsi George Wright the Devils best player a season ago graduated leaving Pahokee without an outstanding scoring threat. Walter Frank Osborne a liquid-moving guard who stands only 5-foot-8 will be counted on to direct the Blue Devils and do quite a bid of scoring. Bill Howard, a 6-foot-l letterman - 7M mi .J.r i m r i should also give Pahokee a scoring threat. At any rate, it does not look like the Pahokee basketball team will follow in the steps of the '68 football club, which won the Suncoast W est title. PALM COAST ROOSEVELT (Coached by Floyd Andrews) Coach Andrews has the difficult chore of filling four vacant starting positions as graduation was heavily felt by the Maroon Devils. Only guard James Smith i6-foot-2l is back and although he was a defensive whiz, he was the least of the scoring producers of last season. But Andrews is confident he will come up with another outstanding club. Height will be in Roosevelt's favor with Lewis Williams (6-foot-6i. Frank Till-nan l6-foot-5i and Jackie Stringer (6-foot) in the lineup. Bench strength will come from William Durham 1 6-foot-5), Reginald Williams (6-foot-3), Earl Hill (6-foot-2), Ed Jenkins (5-foot -9), Ken Allen (6-foot-l) and Jimmy Brown (6-foot-2). Andrews is optimistic and notes the coming team will be taller than last season's. KENNEDY (Coached by Al-vin Wright ) The Vikings loom as the biggest threat to Roosevelt's title hopes, primarily because Kennedy will be able to compete with the Devils under the boards. Marvin McClendon will be the biggest man in the Viking lineup at 6-foot -4 with Tommy Toombs (6-foot -2) and Robert Westbrook i6-foot-2l adding rebounding strength. Alton Hall-back (5-foot -6) and Ray Graham (5-foot-10i are also lettermen back. Cecil Redford (6-foot-3) and Claude Brown (5-foot-9) should also see ample action. Coach Wright is counting on his experienced personnel to carry the Vikes with Toombs the key figure in the scoring parade. PALM BEACH GARDENS (Coached by Mickey Neali Neal, a veteran of the coaching wars in this area, will field a team lacking of seniors and the leadership that goes along with 12th-graders. But Neal is not pessimistic and he insists the Gators mav surprise a few clubs that take the Gardens lightly. He notes that the big men on his team Mickey McDonald (6-foot-3i, JA jmm mmm ' 1 Li UA ""Kit,., f a. . - .v -v'Y DEC. 70 Titusvilie at Vero Beach Cocoa at Palm Beach Forest Hill at Roosevelt Boca Raton at Pompano Beach Melbourne CC at John Carroll Riviera Beach at Kennedy DEC. 21 Orlando Lyman at Dan McCarty Newman al Palm Beach JAN. 3 Forest Hill at Lake Worth Palm Beach at Seacrest Boca Raton at Jupiter Clewistonat BelieGlade Pahokee at Okeechobee John Carroll at Martin County Kennedy at PB Gardens North Shore at Newman Riviera Beach at Vero Beach JAN. 4 Dan McCarty at Okeechobee Palm Beach at Kennedy Jupiter at PBGardens Riviera Beach at Newman JAN. 7 Riviera Beach at Dan McCarty Vero Beach at Palm Beach Forest Hill at Seacrest Jupiter at BelieGlade Boca Raton at Pahokee Martin County at Clewiston LaBelleat John Carroll Newman at Leonard Roosevelt at PBGardens Kennedy at North Shore JAN. 10 Lake Worth At Dan McCarthy VeroBeachat Forest Hill Palm Beach at Riviera Beach Seacreslat Belle Glade Kennedy at Jupiter Pahokeeat Oewiston Martin County at Boca Raton John Carroll at Alva PB Gar dens at Newman Leonard at North Shore JAN. 11 Seacrest at Chaminade Melbourneal Dan McCarty HIGH JUMPING VERO BEACH INDIAN IN ACTION . . . Yero's Gary Parris (dark) Grabs Rebound JACK RHINE Hornet Hopes Fred Brown (6-foot-3 and Don Bicknell (6-foot) are the key to its success. Robert Lucas ( 6-foot -2 1. Pat Monahan (6-foot-l), and guards Mike Eissey, Perry Smith. Paul Valyo and Andy McGarry are slated forheavv duty. NORTH SHORE (Coached by Bob R utter) - The Mustangs chances will depend heavily on the Smith act, featuring Sam 16-foot -3 1. Kevin 1 5-foot-ll i. and Mike (5-foot -6). Kevin, however, will be a late starter as he is still nursing a leg injury sustained from football. He is expected to be back afterChristmas. Expected to give Sam Smith help under the boards this season is Ron Kirkman i6-foot-4). Bernard Parrish (5-foot-10), Dale McGaghhey (5-foot-lli and Alan Harper i5-foot-10t will be counted on to supply points, also. LEONARD (Coached by Norm Shearini The Lancers rank as the sleeper in the Palm Coast and figure to be worthy opponents for anyone around. Five returning letterman bol ster Leonard ambitions and although hot-shot scorer Joe Jones moved away, the Lancers picked up Charles Close from BelieGlade. Close is a deadly shot and could give Leonard just enough scoring to make a challenge at the leaguecrown. Returnees include Bill Vosti-nak 1 6-foot -4), Mike Can- 15-foot -8 1, Carl Miles (6-fool-2), Tom Hardee (5-foot-10) and Terry Weeks (5-foot-10). Former jayvee members David Rush (6-foot-.'i) and Pat Vanwagner 16-foot -4) will lend bench strength. One question mark is the knee injury of Miles, Leonard's most valuable player of last year. The injury is a result of this football season. CARDINAL NEWMAN Coached by Tom Bornhorst -Aith only two returning letter-nen Bill Esposito and Bruce a rcher - and no available leiglit. the lutiiro campaign lor lie Crusaders is bleak at this mint Both Esposito and Karchei iie guards and have the onl arsity game experience on the lub. Coach Bornhorst is point ng to Ken llerzog (i-loot-2 and Jon O'Connel 1 6-loot I lor ie immls while Jim Mclnnis "i oot-9 and Bob Jones i j -lout 7 .re hkelv to see action T4yi!.'ii 7W w r2T i Area Prep Cage Slates a darkhorse for the loop crown. Seniors Dave Gillette, Tom Clemons, David Harvey and transfer Jackie Robinson will give the Eagles proven playing ability plus leadership. McCarty's big boy will be 6-foot-2 Robert Newkirk, a junior. Also being counted on are juniors Dan Curl, Steve McLaughlin, Dana Longins. Frank Williams and Lloyd Wright; sophomores Rod Mayor and Norman Williams. No doubt, the Eagles will be greatly improved over a season ago, but lack of height may keep them from making a serious challenge. RIVIERA BEACH (Coached by Bob Slobodnik) - The Hornets have long been1 among the leaders in the Suncoast East. This may be one season, they have to assume the role of an also-ran. Only guard Jack Rhine returns from the starting lineup of the '67-68 campaign. The only other letterman is Pat Kellvy, a B-toot-2 forward. Biggest problem for Coach Slobodnik will be to find replacements for scoring leaders Randall Lee and Don Snvder. It will not be an easy task. Up from the jayvees are Bill Luecke, a 5-foot-9 guard, Roy FEB. I Boca Raton at Seacrest Lake Worth at Orlando E vans PBGardens at Jupiter Moore Haven at Pahokee Martin County at North Shore Lake Placid at John Carroll Newman at Riviera Beach Miami Northwestern at Kennedy FEB. 11 Vero Beach at Seacrest Palm Beach at Dan McCarty Roosevelt at Forest Hill Lake Worth at Riviera Beach Pahokee at Jupiter Martin County at BelieGlade Boca Raton at North Shore Okeechobee at Sebring Newman at Cardinal Gibbons Leonard at PB Gardens Boca Raton at North Shore Carver at Kennedy FEB. 14 Seacrest at Dan McCarty Vero Beach at Lake Worth Palm Beach at Roosevelt Riviera Beach at Forest Hill Jupiter at Clewiston Okeechobeeat BelieGlade Martin County at Pahokee Carver at Boca Raton PBGardens at John Carroll LaSalle at Newman North Shore at Leonard Lake Shore at K ennedy FEB. 1$ Eau GaM ie at Vero Beach Riviera Beachat Jupiter PB Gardens at Pahokee Leonard at Martin County Okeechobee at LakePlacid FEB. II Seacrest at Riviera Beach Dan McCarty at Forest Hill Vero Beach at Melbourne Lake Worth at Palm Beach Martin County at J upiter BelieGlade at Boca Raton Pahokee at Moore Haven Clewiston at Okeec hobee Alva at John Carroll Newman at PB Gardens FEB 21 Lake Worth at Seacrest Dan McCarty at Vero Beach Forest Hill at Palm Beach BelieGlade at Pahokee Okeechobee at Mart in County Boca Raton at Clewiston Florida Air at John Carroll PBGardens at Leonard North Shore at Carver Roosevelt at Kennedy FEB. 22 Newman at Roosevelt Martin County at Lincoln Park (The following teams did not submit schedules to The Post-Times: Riviera Beach, Clewiston, Leonard, Roosevelt, Lincoln Park, Carver, Gittord, Moore Haven, Lake Placid and Lake Shore. Therefore their schedules art only partially included.) 'Red Carpet" BRIAN KELLEY . .Jupiter Letterman Symonette, a 6-foot-l forward and Elfred Winn, a 6-foot-2 center. Rhine will undoubtedly be counted on to do more scoring than he did last year but Kelly and a few of the newcomers will have to offer consistent help it the Hornets are to remain a conference contender. PALM BEACH (Coached by Joe Ceravolo I The Wildcats lost every starter, which included first team All-Area members Darryl Ceravolo and Pete Bro-berg. But Ceravolo. the coach, insists Palm Beach will be okay in its attempt to defend the Suncoast East title. Mike Giese and Jerome Scott are the only two lettermen back but a host of good juniors make the Wildcat's season more encouraging than would be expected alter losing 13 players through graduation. Bennie Herring and Ricky Mack, members of the jayvees last season, could break into the starting lineup and Ira Bryant, a sophomore, is being labeled for plenty of action. Another playing Ceravolo, Robbie, will also bearound for point duty. Palm Beach offers the most attractive schedule in the area, with two games against Roosevelt, the Class A State champion, and one game each with Key West, the Class AA state champion, and Orlando Evans, runner-up to Key West. The schedule may be too attractive for Palm Beach's chances. SEACREST (Coached by Norm Pricei - Wee Willie Gibson, a rapid scorer, has graduated along with 10 others leaving the Seahawks with only three returning lettermen Dudley Weems, Ernest Williams and Jimmy Lee. " Coach Price is hoping to get added distance out of former ju nior varsity members Semmie Taylor. Greg Price. Paul Levin, David Graham, Carl Kradburv and Ronnie Mack. The Hawks may be the sleeper in the Suncoast East. Thev are the example of the unknown quantity. SUNCOAST WEST MARTIN COUNTY (Coached by Don Walton) - Coach Wallen says he is surprised to hear that most of the Suncoast West coaches pick his club to retain the league title mainly because the Tigers return only one of live starters. But that one starter just happened to average 19 points a game and be sleeted to the second team all area group. Robert Matheny is the returnee. Wallen is counting on 6-foot-5 center Otis Johnson to carrv the rebounding load and provide scoring. Wallace Rogers, only 5-foot-8 but a good competitor, saw plenty of action last year especially late in the season and is almost a certain starter 'his campaign. Others expected to give support to Martin County's chances are Lance Kahle, Thad Howard. II. L. Boiling, Curtis Bell. Ricky Barfield and Albert Mclntvre. BELLE GLADE (Coached by Therrell Luke) Coach Luke's hopes were high for the '67-68 auto u:si; siiuk j; PHONE 833-0886 BEACH THANKSGIVING SPECIAL Limited Time Only 0 FREE Mctalwork with purchase of any Complete Auto Paint Job. DEC. 3 North Shore at Lake Worth Sebring at Okeechobee DEC. 6 Lake Worth at Leonard Lake Wales at Vero Beach John Carrol' at Jupiter North Shore at Martin County Immokalee at Okeechobee DEC. 10 Okeechobee at Dan McCarty Pahokee at Seacrest Vero Beach at Lincoln Park Palm Beach at Leonard Forest Hill at Newman Lake Worth at Boca Raton Jupiter at North Shore BelieGlade at LakePlacid Martin County at John Carroll Kennedy at Lake Shore DEC. U Seacrest at Boca Raton Jax Paxon at Dan McCarty J ax Englewood at Vero Beach Kennedy at Palm Beach Leonard at Forest Hill Newman at Jupiter Pahokee at John Carroll LakePlacid at Okeechobee North Shore at Palm Beach Gardens DEC. 14 Jax Englewood at Dan McCarty j ix Paxon at Vero Beach Palm Beach at Orlando Evans Newman at Lake Worth Jup'ter at Kennedy Leonard at BelieGlade Okeechobee at Avon Park John Carroll at Lake Placid DEC. 1 PB Gardens at Seacrest Dan McCarty at Martin County Vero Beach at Satellite Forest Hill at North Shore BelieGlade at Lake Worth Riviera Beach at Boca Raton Moore Haven at John Carroll Newman at Kennedy tfi - SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER rWRIQTMAQ Forest HillatOcala Jupiter at Newman Lake Placidat BelieGlade Pahokeeat John Carroll Boca Raton at Northeast Okeechobeeat Immokalee JAN. 14 Martin County at Dan McCarty Moore Haven at Okeechobee North Shoreat Roosevelt JAN. IS Leonard at Palm Beach Boca Raton at Lake Worth JAN. 17 Dan McCarty at Seacrest Lake Worth at Vero Beach Roosevelt at Palm Beach Forest Hill at Riviera Beach Jupiter at Pahokee Belle Glade at Martin County Jupiter at Pahokee North Shore at Boca Raton Avon Park at Okeechobee Moore Haven at John Carroll Newman at LaSalle Cardinal Gibbons at PB Gardens Kennedy at Roosevelt JAN. II Seacrest at Pahokee Vero Beachat Cocoa Northeast at Forest Hill Jupiter at Riviera Beach BelieGlade at Leonard John Carroll at Okeechobee Kennedy at Riviera Beach JAN. 21 Seacrest at Vero Beach Dan McCarty at Palm Beach Forest Hill at Leonard Riviera Beachat Lake Worth Clewistonat Jupiter Belle Glade at Okeechobee Pahokee at Martin County Boca Raton at Carver Newman at North Shore PB Gardens at Kennedy JAN. 24 Seacrest at Lake Worth Vero Beach at Dan McCarty Palm Beachat Forest Hill Jupiter at Martin County Boca Raton at BelieGlade Pahokeeat PB Gardens Okeechobee at Clewiston Cardinal Gibbons at Newman Roosevelt at North Shore Kennedy at Leonard JAN. 25 Eau Gallie at Martin County Key West at Palm Beach Forest Hill at Boca Raton Lake Worthat North Shore P9 Gardens at Belle Glade C Aeechobee at Moore Haven Kennedy at Northwestern JAN. 21 Riviera Beach at Seacrest Forest Hill at Dan McCarty Satellite at Vero Beach Palm Beachat Lake Worth Jupiter at John Carroll Pahokee at Belle Glade Martin County at Okeechobee Clewiston at Boca Raton Kennedy at Newman PB Gardens at North Shore JAN. 31 Seacrest at Palm Beach Vero Beach at Riviera Beach Lake Worth at Forest Hill Jupiter at Boca Raton BelieGlade at Oewiston Okeechobee at Pahokee Martin County at Leonard John Carroll at PBGardens North Shore at Kennedy FEB. 1 Leonard at Lake Worth Bel le G lade at Palm Beach Gardens Roosevelt at Newman FEB. 4 Seacrest at Forest Hill Dan McCarty at Riviera Beach Palm Beach at Vero Beach Lake Worth at Newman North Shore at J upiter Clewiston at Pahokee Boca Raton at Martin County John Carroll at Melbourne CC PBGardens at Roosevelt Leonard at Kennedy FEB. 7 Seacrest at PBGardens Dan McCarty at Lake Worth Forest Hill at Vero Beach R iviera Beach at Palm Beach BelieGlade at Jupiter Pahokee at Boca Raton Clewiston at Martin County John Carroll at LaBelle Leonard at Newman 7 1 tec from COLUMBIA us for details. 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