"But a lot depends on how the newcomers develop at guard," Hamilton said. ''If they develop, we'll be potentially as strong as last year."
COACH. The Vanguards finished 19-7 in Hamilton's first year as head coach. His career record is 19-7. He served as an assistant coach at Ridley for one year and as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami. He was an assistant coach for two seasons at Sun Valley before becoming head coach.
LAST SEASON. The Vanguards finished 19-7 overall and 10-4 in the Del-Val League. They finished third in the league behind Chester and Chichester. Sun Valley lost in the first round of the District 1 playoffs to West Chester Henderson, 68-63.
PLAYERS LOST. The Vanguards lost key players in 6-foot, 1-inch guard Carrafa (20.4 points per game) and 6-0 guard Ed Crowley (13.2 ppg.). Other losses include forward Greg Bradson, centers Bill Moore and Steve Sorokanich and guard Bill Sarosy.
PLAYERS RETURNING. The Vanguards return three starters from last year's squad, as well as two key reserves. Leading the way is 6-4 senior forward Bill Hamilton, who averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds a game. Joining him on the front line is 6-6 senior center Scott Donald, who chipped in 7 points and averaged 10 rebounds a game. Jeff Brower, a 6-2 junior forward, completes the front line. Brower averaged 5.5 points and 4 rebounds a game. Senior guard Jeff Albaugh and junior guard Lou Maroney add depth to the Vanguards.
Newcomers. Hamilton will welcome seven new members to his squad. Sophomore Jimbo McKlintok, a 5-8 guard, has the potential to crack the starting lineup, according to Hamilton. He will be joined by senior guards John Carr and Bob Seefeldt, junior forwards Brian Carr, Tim Lorber and Chuck Fulkner, and 6-9, 180-pound junior center Rob Miles. "All Rob Miles needs is some playing time," Hamilton said. "He's not a clumsy 6-9. He just needs to be thrown into the fire."
Strategy. The Vanguards will look to Hamilton, Donald and Brower to provide most of the scoring and rebounding punch. Defensively, they will play a strict man-to-man defense 90 percent of the time.
Outlook. Hamilton feels the Vanguards will be strong up front with Donald, Hamilton and Brower. His concern is the backcourt, where he is not sure who will start.
"We feel we'll potentially be as good as last season," Hamilton said. ''The Del-Val is probably one of the strongest leagues in the area with Chester, Chichester and Glen Mills. Plus, every team in the league can win on a given night.
"One of the keys is that the league schedule doesn't start until Jan. 5. This will give us time to experiment with different lineups and find out who will be our guards."