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Posted: 12/05/12


Above, Adam Davis making a layup from under the basket Dec. 1 against New Haven. Below, Drew Cushingberry shooting the ball after breaking free during a full court press against New Haven.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Many boys' varsity BB starters
gone, but 'cupboard not bare'

by RICK DESOTELL
Observer Sports Writer
      You have to hand it to the Romeo High School boys' basketball Coach Dale Teller. Despite losing four senior starters (eight overall) off of last year's squad, he has the same lofty goals for this year's team as he does every year.
       "We have high expectations going into next year,'' said Teller. "We won our District last year and want to improve on that. We lost a lot of talent off of last year's squad including four starters but we have a very good group coming back and a good group coming up from the JV. We as coaches think we have a lot of potential. Now that is all it is< potential<at this juncture, but it is exciting."
       The Bulldogs will be led by junior guard and three-year starter Drew Cushingberry.
       "Like you would expect, Drew gets better every year," said Teller. "He makes everybody on the court better because he sees the floor so well."
       Adam Davis and Blake Williams are a pair of 6-foot-4 juniors with varsity experience. Both have great hands having played receiver positions this fall for the football team.
       Senior Antonio Compo is a very good perimeter shooter who should help take some of the heat off of Cushingberry.
       Seniors Denzel Jones, Dwight Towne, and Chandler Medaugh will see a ton of action along with juniors Zack Rizo, Ryan Romer, Jon Towne, Joe Curtis, George Wilson and Paul LaBaere.
       "The junior class has been very successful over the past couple of years and they add a lot to our quickness and athleticism,'' said Teller. "The cupboard is far from bare, we have a lot of potential but as the saying goes, potential doesn't win."
       Romeo competes in the MAC Red division along with league favorite L'Anse Creuse North, Utica Eisenhower, Utica Ford II, L'Anse Creuse, Dakota and Chippewa Valley.
       Their first game is this Friday night when they host Fraser in a MAC-crossover game.
       "One of our strengths is we can go very deep in our rotation," said Teller, whose team is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Kroger on 30 mile and Van Dyke from noon to 7 p.m. "We hope to be a quicker team and score in transition. All in all, we should be a fun team to watch up and down the floor this year."
      
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