Franklin boys basketball team will be young but competitive
Sabers have only one senior on 2012-13 roster
Franklin - Youth will be both a friend and a foe to the Franklin boys basketball team this winter, as the youthful Sabers will have only one senior returning from its 2011-12 team that finished 11-13.
Coach Tim Hogan saw signs of that at the Sabers' scrimmage last Saturday.
"We actually saw signs of progression throughout the day," Hogan said. "We lost to Tosa West, but we beat Milwaukee Riverside and Fort Atkinson."
The Sabers open their season on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at non-conference foe Brookfield East.
They finished in a tie for second in the Southeast last season behind champion Racine Park, but lost four starters off that squad including first-team all-league selection Brett Ksobiech.
Franklin returns 6-5 junior Chad Kanugh, who averaged 13 points a game last season. The other experienced players include 6-5 senior (the only one) Evan Kruczynski (3.2 ppg.) and 6-2 juniors Nick Bobos and (2.2 ppg.) and Colin Ksobiech (2.9 ppg.).
Other juniors on the team include 5-9 Mitch Charapata, 6-1 Bryce Pierzchalski, 5-10 Eric Pascutti, 6-3 Robbie Heimbruch, 6-6 Andy Suvaka and 6-3 Mitchell Adams. Sophomore Malik Carter (5-10) is also on the roster. Kruczynski and Kanugh are co-captains.
"The scrimmage was good as we began to understand each other's tendencies," Hogan said. "There's a good willingness to listen to coaches and we're hoping to get better every game. How much we improve will go a long ways towards determining how well we do.
"The kids are very eager to learn and we're going to be eager to get out and run. Nick (Bobos) is doing a great job handling the ball as are Chad and Evan in the post, but we're going to go ball handler by committee for awhile.
"We have a lot of confidence with these guys. They're young, but I think we can compete. We're going to have a lot of guys playing multiple positions."
Bobos and Ksobiech will likely be the top perimeter shooters said Hogan, who noted that all three Racine schools will be tough again this winter, especially Race Case, which returns all five starters from a team that went 15-9 last year.
"It may be a challenging year again, but we hope to compete," Hogan said.
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