It appears to be a wide-open race for top honors in the Pioneer Athletic Conference's two divisions.
In the Liberty Division, Spring-Ford has depth, athleticism, and several players coming over from the gridiron.
Senior forwards Andrew Scanlan and Darryl Branch were speedy receivers for a football squad that went undefeated in the PAC-10.
Also back for the Rams are 6-5 junior center Zameer McDowell (9.7 ppg., 9 rpg., 3 blocked shots per game.), senior guards Josh Dishman (7.8 ppg., 34 threes) and Ryan O'Hara (16 treys), and senior forward Ryan Keefe.
Methacton must replace six seniors, including second-team all-league performer Evan Galloway.
Back for the Warriors are 6-2 junior forward Brendan Casper (8.5 ppg.) and three seniors: wing guard Brian Miller, swingman Ryan McKee, and point guard Pat Dinan.
Pottstown returns 6-4 senior swingman Elijah Jackson, who averaged 17 points and was a first-team all-league selection last season. Support comes from 6-6 junior Antonio Moore and junior guard Miles Elliott.
Terrance Thinna, a 6-2 senior forward, and junior swingman Brett Davis are the leaders for Perkiomen Valley. Marcus Williams, a 6-8 senior center, and senior guard Erik Ragusa also are in the mix.
Boyertown is sparked by Scott Dennin, a 6-7 senior center who averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks in 2010-11. The guard play is headed by senior Kale Wrigley and junior Mike Mansur.
In the Frontier Division, Phoenixville's attack is ignited by three seniors: guards Rasheed Lawson (8.9 ppg.) and Jim Riggins, and 6-3 forward Jordan Kelly.
Upper Perkiomen's bid to bounce back from a disappointing year is led by 6-5 senior center J.D. Ricapito. He averaged 16 points and was a first-team all-league choice last season. The supporting cast for the Indians includes 6-2 forward Chad Force and 6-5 forward-center Dan Winters, both seniors.
Chris Talley, a 1,000-point career scorer at Alvernia, is new in charge at Owen J. Roberts. The Wildcats are spurred by 6-6 senior center Tyler McGrath, junior point guard Ryan Kent, and rising sophomore guard Matt Crider.
- Rick O'Brien