East Canton boys basketball coach Chad Pado and the 2012-2013 Hornet team will look to their three returning letter winners to provide success this season.
Two of those returning letter winners are Cody Reichard and Alec Pennell who are both juniors and are coming off solid performances from a season ago. Reichard was named All-Conference and averaged 10 points per game and drained 26 three pointers while collecting 48 steals on the defensive side. Pennell averaged eight points per contest while nailing thirty-one shots from beyond the arc.
The other returning letter winners are junior Clay Libertore who averaged seven points per game last season and averaged four rebounds for the yellow and blue and sophomore Bryce Moldovan.
"Our seniors are doing a great job leading," says Pado on his senior class. "We are more athletic, deeper and skilled than we have been. We have a nice mix of guards, bigs, scorers and role players and have a nice mix of skill and athleticism," he added on his team strengths.
Some athletes looking to make a quick impact on the team is senior Drew Heitger (forward), juniors Hayden Miller (Wing), Buzzy Faheem (Guard) and Scott Lewis (Wing).
"This is the most skilled, athletic and deepest team in a while. They are raw and inexperienced but work hard for each other. As this team develops and matures as one and gains confidence, you will see them surprise some teams," says coach Pado on his team's outlook for 2012-2013.
In the Portage Trail Conference, Windham and Mogadore are both coming off years where they reached the finals of the Regional Tournament. Both teams bring back a good core of athletes.
Pado added on the PTC, "Woodridge will be the most athletic team in the PTC while Southeast is a big school with big school athletes. Garfield lost the two-time PTC leading scorer and both Waterloo and Rootstown lost a lot of talent and will both struggle this upcoming season."
Pado will be assisted by Matt Kramer this season. Bill Garman will head the JV team and Todd Barnett will be his assistant.
The East Canton Hornets will open up their 2012-2013 campaign on Friday night, when they play host to the Malvern Hornets. They will remain home for their next two games, Dec. 4 against Tuscarawas Valley and Dec. 7 against Garfield in their first PTC game of the year. Their first road game will be Dec. 11 at Rootstown for a conference clash.