Saratoga County boys basketball preview

Saratoga County high school boys basketball fans have three tournaments to choose from this weekend to prepare themselves for the start of the 2006-07 season.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is hosting the Shawn Walsh Memorial Tournament Friday and Saturday with Shenendehowa, Berkshire and Columbia in the field. On those same days, Saratoga Springs plays its annual tournament with Glens Falls, Vestal and Washingtonville.

On Saturday, Saratoga Central Catholic is hosting a one-day tournament featuring Mayfield, Hudson Falls and Broadalbin-Perth.

Here is a look at BH-BL, Shen, Saratoga, Saratoga Central Catholic and Ballston Spa:

Ballston Spa Scotties

Head coach: Tim Moseman

League: Suburban Council (Gold Division)

Key veterans: Dom Monaco, Mike Gibson

Key newcomers: Cody Robinson, Jake Davis, Chris Schaefer

Outlook: The Scotties find themselves in a challenging division this year. Guilderland is already off to a 2-0 start after beating Albany and LaSalle in the CDPHP Tournament, Bethlehem returns several starters from last year and Columbia remains dangerous, despite the graduation of leading scorer Alex Zampier.

Guilderland is very strong this year, Columbia is going to be decent and Bethlehem is probably going to be good, said Moseman.

Moving from the smaller-school White Division to the larger-school Gold Division isn't the only transition the Scotties must deal with. They graduated nine players from last year's team including their two big men, Elijah Summersell and Vince Gonzales, and starting guard Nick Payne.

"We're down this year, but with some hard work and some luck, we'll be OK," said Moseman. "We'll be in a lot of close games, and hopefully we'll pull some out."

The Scotties open their Suburban Council season Tuesday against Guilderland.

BH-BL Spartans

Head coach: Bill Martin

League: Suburban Council (White Division)

Key veterans: Jacob McCrindle, Tyler Place

Key newcomers: Dave Fischer, Jaret Falkowitz, Dan DiSorbo

Outlook: The Spartans have a lot of holes to fill this year. Besides the graduation of six seniors from last year's team, they lost two projected starters " Paul Skarka, who joined the wrestling team, and John DellaPia, who had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

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