Warriors have talented group of underclassmen

Warriors have talented group of underclassmen

Delaware Valley won one boys basketball championship and played for another last season, but will need production from some new faces and from players in expanded roles if it is to repeat that success.

“We have several seniors, but the core of the team will be young,” 12th-year Warriors coach Kris Holtzer said. “It’s a talented group, but must adjust to the varsity level quickly.”

The Warriors move forward without high-scoring big man Shane Acoveno and three of their top four scorers overall.

Senior guard Dylan Kelly, junior guard Blake Gearhart and senior guard Zach Klapak lead the list of returnees. Senior forward Matt Campbell also was part of the rotation last season while senior forwards Hassan Keys and Tyler Magee have some experience.

The newcomers looking to crack the lineup include senior guard Clay Chelak, junior guard Tom Raniero, sophomore forward Jackson Shafer and sophomore guard Grant Berrios.

Delaware Valley won the Division 2 championship by four games when it went 9-4 in a Lackawanna League schedule that includes two games against each division opponent and one each against teams from what has been a potent Division 1. They went 13-11 overall, putting up impressive battles in close games against Williamsport in the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional semifinal and Hazleton Area in the District 2 Class 6A championship game.

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