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Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2000
Excitement is running extremely high for the new season

By The Herald Sports Staff

Excitement is running high again for Mercer County-area boys basketball fans as the 2000-01 campaign has commenced.

Following in the wake of one of the most unique and exciting seasons in years, however, area teams might be hard-pressed to surpass the 1999-2000 season. But there's little doubt they'll give it their all trying.

Among the highlights from a year ago:

  • Kennedy Christian winning a third consecutive PIAA Class A championship and fifth overall for the program under veteran mentor Joe Votino. He will surpass the 400-victory plateau this season.

  • George Junior Republic finishing the season undefeated at 22-0, yet not qualifying for postseason play in the wake penalties imposed following District 10 and PIAA investigations into discrepancies in reported enrollment figures for classification.

  • On a sad note, all county fans suffered through the heartbreak of the tragic death of Wilmington's Jared Scofield, who contracted meningitis.
Heading into this season, fans can expect to see a few small changes in the makeup of the Mercer County Athletic Conference.

GJR, led by coach Bob McConnell, has moved to Quad-A this year, perhaps, partially because of the investigations; West Middlesex has dropped to Class A from AA; Sharpsville is small enough to play in A, but elected to remain in AA.

A huge change comes on the bench this season, where the Mercer Mustangs will have Mike Williams this year instead of Dave Cook, who resigned after last season after winning more than 400 games in 26 sesaons. Also, 200-game winner Bill Dzuricsko lost his job at the Hickory Hornets' helm and will be replaced by longtime assistant Tony Mastrian.

Other new coaching faces this year will be found on the Sharpsville bench where Bob Donatelli takes over for Chris Anglin, at Lakeview where Gary Burke takes over for the departed Jim Turner, and at Hubbard where Brian Hamilton asumes the reins from Bernie Tarr.

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