If last season was a big step in the right direction for the Weston High boys varsity basketball team it could go even further down that path in 2012-13.
The Trojans already appear to be deeper in terms of talent. If such is the case even better things are in store for them.
“We’re looking good,” said second-year head coach Mike Hvizdo. “We have a lot of varsity players coming back.”
A good turnout also helped as 25 prospective players came out for 18 spots on the varsity and JV teams. The Trojans also had 18 freshmen try out for 13 spots on that squad.
Having made cuts, the Trojans then got a glimpse of how they might stack up against the competition with a few pre-season scrimmages against teams such as Wilton, Norwalk and Fairfield Ludlowe. They officially start on Friday when they visit Bristol Central in the season-opener.
Weston hopes to continue the success it achieved last season and take the next step. Posting an overall record of 13-10, Weston qualified for the South-West Conference playoffs for the first time since 2007.
It also made the state Class M tournament, reaching the second round before losing to Enfield.
The Trojans graduated four players since then. They will miss the leadership of former captains Max Molinsky, Lyle Mitchell and Evan Blitzer. An All-SWC selection, Molinsky was the team’s leading scorer with 13.7 points per game (PPG). He also led in successful three-point shots with 44, steals per game (2.9) and assists per game (6.3).
Mitchell was named to the All-Patriot Division team and led in rebounds with 11.7 per game as well as blocked shots with 32 total. Blitzer played forward and averaged 9.1 PPG.
Also gone is J D Simons, who was at guard last season.
Much of Weston’s varsity experience rests with this year’s captains: senior Charlie DiPasquale and juniors Troy Flynn and Grant Limone.
An All-SWC honorable mention last season, DiPasquale averaged 8.7 PPG and had 28 three-pointers as a guard. Flynn, a forward, was injured for several games early in the season but returned and averaged 4.8 PPG. Limone will be at forward again.
Also from the junior class are Asher Lee-Tyson and Ethan Lee-Tyson, both guards. The former injured his ankle in practice but should be returning soon.
Classmate Erik Dammen-Brower recently returned to the team following football season and will most likely start as a forward. Also back is junior Pascal Arvoy.
Three sophomores could also see varsity time. Julian Bombart and Matt Gurman are possible guards and Matt Folger is a forward.
Once again the Trojans hope to qualify for the state tournament as well as the playoffs. Determined to improve each day, they could contend with the better teams in the league, such as Notre Dame and Bunnell.
“If we get that leadership the sky’s the limit for us,” said Hvizdo. “We’re deeper this year.”