12/9/2007
Nanticoke Area - Boys Varsity Basketball Capsule
Times Leader

Coach: Ken Bartuska
06-07 WVC record: 5-9, 5th; 9-16 overall

06-07 postseason: Lost 61-53 to Honesdale in D2-3A first round.

State classification: 3A

Key players: Kevin Corley, 6-1, Sr.; Joel Fetterman, 5-10, Sr.; Josh Niewinski, 6-0, Sr.; Jesse Stine, 6-2, Sr.; Sean Bieski, 6-2, Jr.; Josh Olzinski, 5-11, Jr.; Robert Smith, 6-2, Jr.

Outlook: Nanticoke picked up three more wins last season despite starting an entirely new lineup. That year of experience should translate into a better season for the Trojans.

How much better depends how the bench matures. Bartuska likes his top-seven players, but after that it’s a crapshoot as to who will contribute. “We’re looking at some guys,” Bartuska said, “but they don’t have a lot of experience.”

Bieski, Niewinski and Fetterman form a solid backcourt. Size inside is an issue and will be all season since there isn’t a player on the roster taller than 6-3. So the Trojans will have to overcome some mismatches most of the time. Also, staying healthy will be a necessity since there is no guarantee that some reserves will develop quicker than expected.