Coach: Steve Bentz
2006-07 record: 3-19
Top players: Shane Allison (6-1, Sr., G); James Holmes (6-6, Jr., F); Josh Ross (6-2, Sr., G); Jamal Joyner (6-0, Sr., G)
Outlook: Bentz is hopeful the team can make a run at the playoffs despite a tough 2006-07 campaign.
Allison and Holmes are coming off solid seasons, and Ross is back after missing the season because of injury. Joyner, a newcomer, should help the guard play, and Bentz said the team has more size than usual.
Coach: Paul Berg
2006-07 record: 11-12
Top players: Christian Hatch (6-8, Sr., F); T.J. Knowles (6-8, Sr., F); Jamel Morgan (6-5, Jr., G/F); Tommy Tebbs (6-1, Jr., G); Cory Ford (6-4, Sr., G)
Outlook: Few high school teams will match the Cougars’ size, and the big men won’t slow the offense. Knowles was quick enough to be a standout wide receiver in football, and Hatch has committed to Division II University of California-San Diego.
Ford (19.1 points, 6.9 assists) and Hatch (12.9 points) each earned second-team All-Southeast honors last year and should help the Cougars contend for a league title.
Coach: Albert Ronquillo
2006-07 record: 12-18
Top players: Maurice Lawson (6-3, Sr., F/C); Damien Lujan (5-9, Sr., G); Tim Lawson (6-3, Jr., F/C)
Outlook: The Dragons aren’t big, but both Lawsons bring strength to the post. Maurice Lawson averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Lujan (4.5 assists) is an experienced point guard.
Del Sol will need breaks, but the scrappy group could sneak into playoff contention.
Coach: Kevin Soares
2006-07 record: 18-11
Top players: Ben Green (6-4, Sr., F); Earl Jones (5-8, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Falcons knocked off Silverado on the final night of the regular season last year to earn the league title, and the Falcons return all but one player from that team.
Green (15 points, 7 rebounds) is an experienced frontline player who can score, and Jones (13 points, 4 assists) brings experience and quickness to the backcourt. The Falcons usually finish near the top of the league, and this season should be no exception.
Coach: Christian Svendsen
2006-07 record: 22-7
Top players: Cody Aughney (6-6, Sr., F/C); Josh McCarver (6-8, Sr., C); Julian Franklin (6-3, Jr., F); Demetrius Pittman (6-3, Jr., F); Bill Tuttle (6-2, Jr., F); Jose Rodriguez (6-3, Sr., F)
Outlook: Aughney took a back seat to Billy White (now at San Diego State) last season but should be the Gators’ go-to guy this year. He’s a three-year starter who has been a consistent double-figure scorer. He’ll get help inside from McCarver, who Svendsen said has improved.
Svendsen likes his group of four forwards, and the team should be in the playoff picture if point guards Elijah Bennett and Royce Alexander can get the ball to the big men.
Coach: Pat Welby
2006-07 record: 9-15
Top players: Justin King (6-3, Sr., F); Davion Pearson (5-9, So., G); Cameron Peters (5-9, Jr., G); Kenneth Peters (6-1, Jr., G); Milos Knezevic (6-7, Jr., F)
Outlook: The Patriots never have been among the league’s elite teams but could be a sleeper this season. The undersized King battled with the big boys inside and averaged 15 points and 14 boards last season, and Pearson averaged 15 points as a freshmen.
Those two will get help from a trio who dominated at the junior varsity level. The Peters brothers and Knezevic each averaged 16 points on the JV. Knezevic averaged 10 rebounds and should help take pressure off King inside.
Coach: Ron Childress
2006-07 record: 23-5
Top players: Wade Collie (6-6, Jr., F); Ali Sabra (5-10, Jr., G); Jimmy McMurrin (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: Gone is all-state guard Heiden Ratner, who averaged 26.9 points and 8.6 assists and is at James Madison.
Sabra averaged 15.9 points and 7.1 assists and should be the Skyhawks’ go-to guy. The team also will need Collie, a returning starter, to step into a bigger role.
Coach: Ward Griffith
2006-07 record: 2-22
Top players: Marcus Boykins (6-2, Sr., F); Michael Vasquez (5-11, Sr., G-F); Brandon Tiffany (5-8, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Roadrunners graduated four starters and have just two seniors this year. Tiffany started every game as a sophomore, averaging 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Boykins could be a force on the boards. He averaged 7.2 rebounds, including an 18-rebound performance.
Coach: Daryl Branham
2006-07 record: 32-3
Top players: Deremy Geiger (5-10, Sr., G); Juron Criner (6-4, Sr., G/F); Raveon Samuel (6-5, Sr., G/F); Devonte Christopher (6-1, Sr., G); Antonio Snow (6-1, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Pioneers are the early favorite in the Northeast with three returnees — Geiger, Criner and Samuel — who averaged double-figure scoring last season.
The graduation of point guard Tommie Sanders will move Geiger to the point, and Christopher and Snow should be solid scorers from the wings. The Pioneers have the ability to make a run deep into the playoffs.
Coach: Ennis Wesley
2006-07 record: 10-15
Top players: Tyler Bryant (5-11, Sr., G); Cardale Spencer (6-0, Sr., G)
Outlook: Bryant (10.5 points, 2.4 assists) and Spencer (8 points, 5.4 rebounds) return to lead a team coming off a disappointing season.
Wesley is excited about a group of eight players up from last year’s junior varsity, and the team has size, with five players between 6-4 and 6-7.
Coach: Jerraye Floyd
2006-07 record: 16-9
Top players: Reggie Shaw (6-3, Jr., F); C.J. Myles (6-0, Sr., G); Pierre Jackson (5-10, Jr., G); Clifford Harrell (6-4, Jr., F); Chris Perry (6-3, So., F)
Outlook: Floyd takes over the boys team after a posting a 35-12 record in two years as the school’s girls coach.
The Jaguars won’t replace All-Sunrise forward Jason West, who averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds, but they have talent. Shaw (14.6 points) showed flashes of his skills last season and will need to become the team’s go-to player. Myles (10.2 points) is another capable scorer.
Coach: Michael Uzan
2006-07 record: 18-12
Top players: Mike Elliott (5-10, Sr., G); Curtis Malone (6-4, Sr., F); Mitrell Clark (5-10, Jr., G); Marcus Moreland (6-3, Jr., G/F)
Outlook: The Sundevils return two big-time scorers in Malone (19.8 points) and Clark (15.3 points) and look to exceed last season’s third-place league finish.
Malone is tough on the boards (12.7 rebounds) and was a second-team All-Sunrise Region pick. Elliott, a transfer from Canyon Springs, brings state tournament experience and will run the point.
Coach: Paul Merkel
2006-07 record: 10-14
Top players: Zerrick Pryor (5-10, Sr., G); Christian Couthen (6-1, Sr., G); Aamahd Franklin (6-3, Jr., F); Jourdan Jackson (6-0, Jr., F); Tony Eackles (6-1, Jr., F)
Outlook: The Wildcats don’t have a star or go-to player, but Merkel likes the team’s balance, with just about anyone on the roster capable of leading the team.
Pryor (9.1 points) and Franklin (8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds) lead the returnees, and Eackles is up after averaging 15.2 points on the junior varsity.
Coach: Mel Shivers
2006-07 record: 5-17
Top players: Billy Turner (5-9, So., G); DiJon Holman (6-4, Sr., G/F); Kevin Dupree (6-1, Sr., F/C)
Outlook: After missing the playoffs last season, Shivers is anxious for a return to the postseason. Turner got varsity experience as a freshman, and Holman averaged nine points and six rebounds.
Dupree is undersized but will battle inside with help from 6-3 freshman Kenyon Washington. Guard play could determine how far the Rams go.
Coach: Brian Farnsworth
2006-07 record: 21-9
Top players: Terrence Tatum (6-1, Sr., G); David Michaels (6-6, Sr., F)
Outlook: This season could be challenging for the Vikings, who must find a replacement for the graduated Hank Thorns, who is starting as a freshman at Virginia Tech.
Thorns averaged 27.8 points last season, and the team’s No. 2 scorer, Alonzo Brandon, also graduated and is playing at Arizona Western. Without those two, the Vikings will rely on balance.
Coach: Grant Rice
2006-07 record: 18-11
Top players: Kevin Loyd (5-10, Sr., G); Quintin Dailey (6-4, Sr., G/F); Blake Moore (6-0, Sr., G); Kylel Coleman (6-0, Jr., G); Jordan Hill (6-5, Sr., F)
Outlook: The Gaels were a few possessions from having a much more successful season in 2006-07, losing seven games by three points or fewer.
The team returns virtually intact, and Coleman, who played on the junior varsity last season, joins a talented group of guards. Sophomore John Loyd and senior Robert Bush add more depth in the backcourt for Gorman, which figures to rely on quickness and pressure defense.
Coach: George Jaekle
2006-07 record: 15-8
Top players: Tomo Delp (6-3, Sr., F/C); Landry Peterson (6-2, Sr., G/F); Matt Andrews (6-1, Sr., G)
Outlook: Delp was a second-team All-Sunset Region pick last season and plays bigger than 6-3. Peterson also is a returning starter, but the Bengals must find a way to replace the scoring hole left by the graduation of Mike Stewart, Reggie Davis and Kyle Davis.
Coach: Phil Shabi
2006-07 record: 1-20
Top players: Rabbit Toler (6-2, Jr., F); Dimarko Shoulders (5-10, Sr., G); Isidro Garcia (6-1, Jr., G)
Outlook: Things couldn’t have been much worse for the Chargers last season, as their only victory came via forfeit.
Only three players return from that team, led by Shoulders (5 points) and Toler (4 points). Toler is the team’s tallest player, so Clark could have trouble matching up with bigger teams.
Coach: DeShawn Henry
2006-07 record: 5-21
Top players: D.J. Stennis (5-10, Jr., G); Ron Barnes (6-4, Sr., F); Marcus Falley (6-2, Jr., G); Jamal Crook (6-2, Sr., G)
Outlook: Henry comes over from Desert Pines to replace longtime coach Al La Rocque, who stepped down following last season.
The Trailblazers are coming off a disappointing season in which they forfeited five games and a shot at the playoffs for using an ineligible player. Expect Durango to be in the playoff picture this season.
Coach: Ken Gibson
2006-07 record: 12-14
Top players: Nick Douglas (6-2, Sr., F); Josh McLain (6-1, Sr., G); Joe White (6-2, Sr., F); Marcus Brock (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Lions lack size but have an interchangeable group of 10 players, all between 5-11 and 6-3. Nine of the 10 played in the program as freshmen, so they have plenty of experience with the system.
Douglas (8 points, 6 rebounds), McLain (9 points) and White (7 rebounds) are the top returnees, and Brock, who didn’t play last season, might be the team’s best offensive player. The Lions probably won’t take down Bishop Gorman for the league title but could contend for a spot in the postseason.
Coach: Phil McAlister
2006-07 record: 16-12
Top players: Jason Walter (6-, Sr., G); Tenacious Gibson (6-4, Sr., G); David Carroll (6-7, Sr., F); Ronnie Norsworthy (6-8, Sr., F); Marcus Moore (5-8, Jr., G); Jesse Chippoletti (5-8, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Grizzlies got to the playoffs last season and look poised for a stronger run this year. All five starters return, and the team has plenty of size all the way out to the wings.
Gibson and Walter are capable outside shooters and scorers, and Moore, a second-team All-Sunset pick last season, is a strong point guard. The athletic Norsworthy has the potential to be a force on the boards and on defense.
Coach: John Teran
2006-07 record: 11-17
Top players: Jimmy Graham (6-3, Sr., F); Brooks Robinson (6-2, Sr., F); Darington Banks (5-11, So., G)
Outlook: The Aggies are in their third season of varsity competition, but things probably won’t get much easier this season.
Arbor View graduated nine players from last year’s team, including guards Dominique Williams, Anthony Windom and Parris Kelly, who combined to average 30 points a night. Graham and Robinson are the lone returning lettermen from last season’s team.
Coach: Greg Bohls
2006-07 record: 18-8
Top players: Adam Young (6-8, Sr., C); C.J. Hayes (6-1, Sr., G); Anthony Consiglio (6-3, Jr., F); Matt Holley (6-3, Jr., F); Ben Vozzola (6-3, So., G)
Outlook: The Bulldogs narrowly missed the playoffs last year, getting knocked out on a tiebreaker after finishing 9-5 in league play.
Centennial must rebuild this season after losing its entire starting lineup. Young (3 points, 3 rebounds) and Hayes (2 points, 2 assists) didn’t play much but have the most experience. Players from last year’s junior varsity must produce immediately for the Bulldogs to have a shot at the postseason.
Coach: Teral Fair
2006-07 record: 15-12
Top players: Elijah Johnson (6-3, Jr., G); Demetric Williams (6-0, Jr., G); Christian Lightbourne (6-3, Sr., F); Eric Leider (5-10, Sr., G); Ricky Henry (6-4, Sr., F); Demario Harris (6-0, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Desert Shields needed to win their last two regular-season games to get into the playoffs last season but ended up finishing second in the Sunset Region.
With the top six players returning, including Johnson, an all-state point guard, Cheyenne looks like a contender for league and region titles. Johnson and Williams were the team’s top two scorers as sophomores.
Coach: Steve Boyack
2006-07 record: 23-6
Top players: Mike Cutright (6-4, Jr., G/F); Tyler Tuliau (6-4, Sr., C); Arthur Baker (6-2, Sr., G/F); Will Scott (6-1, Sr., G); Dale Puckett (6-2, Jr., C)
Outlook: The Spartans are the defending Northwest champs, but lost Sunset Region Most Valuable Player and leading scorer Chris James to graduation.
Without him, more of the burden falls on Cutright (18 points, 12 rebounds), who is a terrific deep shooter and can use his 230-pound frame around the basket.
Coach: Charles Janette
2006-07 record: 6-18
Top players: John Biglow (6-6, Sr., F); Walter Chappell (6-2, Sr., G); Sam Jordan (6-4, So., F); John Kirvin (6-9, Sr., C); Antonio Sandifer (6-1, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Longhorns didn’t pile up wins in their first season, but the players got their feet wet at the varsity level. Chappell is coming off a fine season (18 points, 5 assists), and Kirvin (11 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Biglow (6 rebounds, 3 blocks) give the team inside presence.
With six seniors providing leadership, Legacy could make a playoff run.
Coach: Tony Hopkins
2006-07 record: 22-7
Top players: Darian Norris (5-11, Sr., G); Anthony Marshall (6-3, Jr., G); Kevin James (6-5, Jr., F); Jerad Pettaway (6-5, Sr., C); Alex Montgomery (6-2, Sr., F)
Outlook: The Rattlers return four starters from a team that finished second in the state.
Norris (18.8 points, 7.6 assists) was a second-team all-state pick and returns for his third year as a full-time starter at the point. Marshall (14.4 points) also will be in his third year as a starter, and Hopkins expects him to step into the scoring role vacated by the graduated Donte Poole (21.6 points).
Coach: Paul Aznarez
2006-07 record: 21-5
Top players: David Rawlinson (5-8, Sr., G); Aaron May (5-11, Sr., G); Diamond Rivers (6-1, Sr., F); Moses Morgan (6-4, So., G/F); Jamey Gream (6-5, Jr., C); Lolia Nobriga (6-4, Jr., G/F)
Outlook: The Panthers, who had 12 seniors on last season’s roster, have little experience. Rawlinson probably played the most but is playing football and will get a late start.
Morgan is a talent who has been ranked among the nation’s top sophomores, so the Panthers should be in the mix for a playoff berth.
Coach: Charles Henderson
2006-07 record: 7-19
Top players: Zack Hafen (6-0, So., G); Josh Berkley (5-10, Sr., G); Don Lewis (6-4, So., G/F)
Outlook: The Mustangs opened last season with six straight wins before losing their final 16 games.
Henderson, their first-year coach, will rely on Hafen, a returning starter, and Berkley, a Mojave transfer, to run the show. Lewis, who moved in from Michigan, is the tallest player on the young squad.
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