Susquehanna favored to land second championship

Susquehanna favored to land second championship

Through its formative years, decades in the old Susquehanna County League, a joint Suburban effort with the Wayne County League, the transition to the Northeast Athletic Conference, then a move into the Lackawanna League before the turn of the century, the Susquehanna boys basketball program never won any regular-season division championships.

The Sabers changed that in 2017-18, winning both halves of the Lackawanna Division 4 season and, therefore, the all-season title.

Susquehanna may not have to wait long for its second title.

With a trio of four-year starters, including the division’s top two returning players, the Sabers are the clear favorite to repeat.

Montrose and Lackawanna Trail have similar numbers of returning players, making them the top threats to Susquehanna.

Susquehanna swept the top honors on’s division all-star teams with Lawrence Tompkins landing Coach of the Year honors and Mason Deakin named Player of the Year. Deakin returns.

Bryce Baldwin, a 6-foot-5 center with a soft shooting touch, is a returning first-team all-star.

Adam Rockwell is the other four-year starter.

Montrose has four starters back from a team that forced a playoff for last season’s first-half title.

Lackawanna Trail brings back three full-time and two part-time starters and hopes to build momentum with the football players who played in a state championship game last month.

Montrose’s Brennan Gilhool, Mountain View’s Mikey Schermerhorn and Blue Ridge’s Sam Cosmello all return after receiving honorable mention at all-star time.

League play begins Wednesday night.

For a closer look at the division, see overviews or previews of each team.