Saratoga County boys basketball preview

Martin is encouraged by his team's work ethic. "They're diligent workers " I'll give them that " and they want to win. They come ready to play every day," he said.

McCrindle will be one of BH-BL's key offensive players following the graduation of Kevin Himmelwright and Anthony Bevilacqua.

"He's a good shooter, and he's working on the areas of his game that weren't so strong last year," said Martin.

The Spartans aren't the only White Division team facing a major rebuilding project. Averill Park and divisional newcomer Niskayuna also graduated several players. Only Mohonasen returns a significant portion of its roster, which makes the Mighty Warriors " a perpetual cellar dweller in the Suburban Council " the preseason favorite in Martin's eyes.

"Mohonasen is going to be very good this year," said Martin. "I think with these guys having one year with coach (Ken Dagostino) and knowing what to expect, they should be very good. I hope I'm wrong about them when we play them, but I hope they'll do well against everybody else."

BH-BL plays Berkshire in Friday's opening round of the Shawn Walsh Memorial Tournament.

Saratoga Blue Streaks

Head coach: Mitch Snyder

League: Suburban Council (Blue Division)

Key veterans: Garrett Bishop, Jordan Stevens, Pat O'Connor, Dan Harkins, Vonzel Legall, Dan McLaughlin

Key newcomers: Ryan James, Don Allen

Outlook: Snyder possesses one of the most veteran-laden teams in the Blue Division, which he said he hopes will help the Blue Streaks move up the standings.

"There were a lot of good seniors that graduated last year, but I've been around the league long enough to know that there will be some talented players coming up," said Snyder.

Stevens is already one of the top forwards in the league, and with Bishop coming back from a 2005-06 season cut short by a foot injury, Snyder feels the pieces are in place for a strong season.

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