Youth served for Mount View, which still should surprise foes
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Mount View High School boys varsity basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Steve Caron, sixth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-10, 14th in Eastern Class B. The Mustangs did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Juniors Kenny McGray (6-foot center), Jack Simpson (6-2 guard) and Bryan Jungels (5-11 guard); sophomores Brody Gibbs (6-0 guard), Steven Davis (6-1 forward), Nate Wren (6-3 forward) and Kyle Crowell (5-11 guard); and freshmen Gavin Simpson (5-11 guard), Justin Lizotte (5-11 forward), Mikey Hustus (6-0 forward), Tyler Ripley (6-1 forward) and Cole Hannan (5-11 forward).
Outlook: The Mustangs sport no seniors on this year's squad, which, at first glance might, imply the team could be in for a long season.
The Mustangs went 4-1 in the preseason and, despite their youth, flourished on the court during the preseason, something that could carry over into the regular campaign.
"We'll surprise a bunch of people this year," said Caron. "We're playing very good basketball and we're very fast and sound for our age. Whether we can close out games or not with such a young group remains to be seen."
Mount View graduated eight seniors last year, but supplanted in their stead are three juniors and four sophomores, all of whom were part of a junior varsity team last season that went 16-1. The team also has five talented freshmen, some of whom could make an impact early.
Caron said Simpson, Wren and Davis should each average about 15 points.
Despite having a young team, coach Caron has set high expectations for his team.
"I'll be disappointed if we don't get to Bangor [and the regional tournament]," he said. "If we win 10-12 games we'll fill one of those spots. And once you get to Bangor, anything can happen there."
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