Woodlynde began the season averaging in the low 20s per game. By midseason, the Warriors' scoring output doubled, but 40 points didn't win games.
All five starters are gone. Two reserves are back, joining a whole new cast. Shank said there are players who can score, and he has been encouraged by the preseason workouts.
COACH. Shank, in his eighth year coaching the Warriors, has a 69-56 record.
LAST SEASON. Woodlynde was 3-9 in the Tri-County League and 3-18 overall.
PLAYERS LOST. Matt Frederick, Luke Zerdes, Jeff Robbins, Jeff Tomilinson and Dan Cremins have graduated. Tomilinson's height, 6 feet, 7 inches, will be missed.
PLAYERS RETURNING. Forwards Steve Hopkins, a 6-0 senior, and Tim Brooks, a 5-11 sophomore, are the lone returning players.
NEWCOMERS. Junior varsity players who have advanced to the varsity include Mark Goldstein, a 5-10 senior, who will play guard or forward. Tom Connett, a 6-1 junior, and George Raudenbush, a 6-0 sophomore, will play forward.
Transfers to the school who will make contributions are senior Jebb Chagan, a 5-10 guard, who has been at a Maine boarding school, and sophomore Damien Jorgensen, a 6-0 guard, who comes from the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District.
Jorgensen and Chagan will be the Warriors' primary ball handlers in the team's half-court offense.
Last year the Warriors had no problem breaking full-court presses but ended up with numerous turnovers once they settled into the half-court offense. Shank said leadership from Chagan and Jorgensen should prevent that from happening again.
OUTLOOK. Shank said the Tri-County League title is up for grabs. He said the Phelps School and Wyncote Academy might be the teams to contend with for the title, which the Warriors won in 1988.
Since the Warriors struggled offensively, Shank and Knowles will work diligently with the team's defense.
"We're defense-oriented," Shank said. "If defense is played well, things on offense come a little easier. We're not going to let teams come down the court and do what they want to do."
A true test of the season will be the three tournaments in which the Warriors will compete this month. Tournaments at Akiba Hebrew, Shipley and Friends Select will enable Woodlynde to play against a group of teams from inside the Tri-County League (Wyncote, Swarthmore and Hill Top).