When three freshmen started together in the 2015-16 season, prospects were bright for Susquehanna in the 2018-19 boys basketball season.
The Sabers arrived a year early.
Four-year starters Mason Deakin, Bryce Baldwin and Adam Rockwell lead the way for Susquehanna, which won its first Lackawanna League Division 4 title last season.
The Sabers followed up their first all-season division championship in any league in school history by capturing the District 2-11 Subregional title and advancing all the way to the state quarterfinals in Class A.
C.J. Stone, who made several starts last season, and Anthony Dolfini, a reserve who contributed a series of clutch plays in the postseason run, are two more experienced seniors.
Deakin, a 6-foot point guard, led the team in scoring and earned divisional Player of the Year honors from NEPABasketball.com. He averaged 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
Baldwin, a 6-5 post player, was also a first-team division all-star.
Rockwell and Stone are versatile guard/forwards. Dolfini is a guard.
Senior guard Devon Dubanowitz, senior forward Eric Hall, junior guard Jakub Tomczyk, sophomore forward Gavin Baker and sophomore guard Garrett Decker give the team depth.
The Sabers won the first-half division title in a playoff with Montrose, then secured the all-season title with a 6-0 run through the second-half schedule.
“Our division will once again be very competitive,” Sabers coach Lawrence Tompkins said. “From a team perspective, we are looking to improve on a daily basis in a number of areas in order to achieve a list of goals that the team has set for themselves.”
The Sabers were 1-22 when the group played together for the first time three years ago. They won 19 games last season.
When the postseason rolls around this season, however, the challenges will be greater. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's latest two-year enrollment cycle has bumped the Susquehanna boys up from Class A to Class 2A.