One Schenectady County boys basketball team has already started its season, while another is about to.
Schalmont began its season Tuesday with a non-league game at Queensbury. Meanwhile, Scotia-Glenville hosts Ichabod Crane in the first part of its Holiday Tournament Saturday the second half of which won't be played until Dec. 30. Schalmont and Scotia-Glenville then participate in the Tartan Tournament Dec. 2 and 6 at Scotia.
Here is a look at Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville and Schenectady Christian:
Small Sabres try to bounce back
Schalmont is coming off a 1-19 season, but with four starters back, coach Kevin Curtin said he is hopeful for more wins this time.
I hope the experience we gained last year will help us this year," said Curtin.
One of the Sabres' problems is that they don't have any big bodies down low. "Our tallest guy is 6-3," said Curtin.
Another problem is that Schalmont is still searching for someone to be a consistent scorer.
"We don't even have to light (the scoreboard) up because we play good defense," said Curtin. "We just need to be more consistent offensively."
There is some promise for the Sabres with the return of guards Bobby Sheehan and Mark Bellis, as well as forwards Chris Hotaling and Dan Bonitatibus. Newcomers Aaron Pommer and Connor Hart could also give Schalmont a lift.
"We just want to be competitive in every game," said Curtin. "We don't want to be in a position where we're out of (a game) early on."
Schalmont opens its Colonial Council season Dec. 5 against Mechanicville.
Tartans ready to rumble
At Scotia-Glenville, coach James Giammattei's Tartans are looking to return to the top of the Foothills Council heap.
"It's going to be a very competitive league," said Giammattei. "I would think that the clear favorites are Hudson Falls, Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville."