Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2003
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
Bishop Ludden’s Basketball Team Looks For Fast Pace To Win
Bishop Ludden coach Patrick Donnelly believes that in order for his Gaelic Knights to win this season, they will need to rely heavily on fast-paced play, ball movement, and perimeter shooting. “We run a motion offense,” he said. “For us to be successful, we have to be able to shoot the ball well.”
Fortunately, the Knights boast one of the top point guards in the league that isn’t named Greg Paulus or Josh Wright. A first-team all-league selection last season, Terry Smith averaged 22 points per game for the Knights. He also earned second-team All-Central New York honors and received honorable mention for Street and Smith magazine’s High School All-American team. Donnelly noted that Smith has received the interest of several minor NCAA Division I programs. Last season, Smith averaged 22 points per game. Last season, the Knights were 10-12 overall and 7-9 in league play, but Donnelly stressed that a number of their losses were by one or two points to top teams in what many believe is the toughest high school basketball league in the state outside of New York City. The Knights upset West Genesee 65-52 in the first round of the Section III Class A Tournament, but fell to arch-rival CBA 65-52 in the second round.
The 2003-04 edition of the Bishop Ludden varsity boys basketball team has good size on the perimeter with Phil Oropallo and Josh Keding both measuring 6’2”. Both of the Knights. forwards, Andy Murray and Kevin Barrett are 6’4”. Donnelly will also call upon quality minutes from 6’ Matt Woodfork, a football linebacker. Murray also plays football at the tight end position and Donnelly notes that he gives Ludden a physical dimension at the post.
CBA Hopes To Rebuild With Duke-Bound Guard
With Duke University-bound guard Greg Paulus leading the way last season, Christian Brothers Academy’s varsity boys basketball team seized Section III Class A Championship and then defeated Troy LaSalle 69-50 in the first round of the state tournament before finally falling to McQuaid 58-52.
Paulus, who was courted by almost all of the major NCAA Division I basketball powers as well as numerous football programs for his prowess under center, will look to lead the Brothers back to the championship game with a largely new and inexperienced team around him. Paulus selected Duke over Notre Dame, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Xavier.
Coach Buddy Wleklinski stresses, however, that what make Paulus a great player is his ability to elevate those around him and to make them better. Accompanying Paulus in the backcourt is former reserve David Fine, the son of Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine. Although Fine played in a limited role last season, CBA coach Bud Wleklinski expects the off guard to “surprise some people” during the 2003-04 campaign. Although the Brothers’ backcourt should be among the best in Section III Class A, Paulus and Fine are the only players with considerable game experience.
Other returners for CBA include Mike Anderson, Jeff Brown, Kurt Mueller, and RJ Mosley. Coming up from the junior-varsity squad will be 6-foot-4 junior Erik Estabrook and 6-5 junio Ryan Gensler who will give the Brothers some needed size. Wleklinski stressed that all of the players are still “fighting for spots” in the preseason. Also on CBA’s roster are Matt Harrigan, Jim Anonacci, Griffin Chase, Matt Kinnan, and Rich Cummings. With a point guard of Paulus’ caliber, Wleklinski hopes his team will be able to sustain CBA’s long tradition of excellence. For the past eight seasons, CBA has averaged 20 wins a year and has won eight consecutive league championships.
The coach stressed that the strength of his program extends from its players willingness to work hard and play hard come game time. The Brothers open December 1 when they host Auburn. CBA will renew its rivalry with Bishop Ludden Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at home.
CBA JV’s Conclude Undefeated Season
The Christian Brothers Academy junior varsity football team, comprised of ninth and 10th-graders, was moved with its varsity counterpart to compete at the Class AA level for the first time this past season. The Brothers recently completed their season with an 8-0 record. Head junior-varsity coach Joe Sindoni has amassed a six year record of 48-7-1 and is assisted on the field by coaches Guy Blasi, Nick Commisso, Steve Khanzadian, and Joe Nicoletti.