Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville get a jump start to their seasons

The Tartans have five returning players including 6-10 center Jim Jansen and 6-3 forward Joe Ferrari.

"We're going to go where Jim Jansen goes, that's for sure," said Giammattei.

Guards Nick Alescio and John Kinum are back, as is forward Andy Bissonette. The rest of the roster is loaded with players up from last year's junior varsity team including guards Tyler Ackley, Mike Davenport and Nate Jerard, along with forwards Terrell Winney and Connor Shapiro.

Scotia-Glenville's first Foothills Council game isn't until Tuesday, Dec. 9, when it hosts Gloversville.

Falcons fly into new gym

At Schenectady Christian, the big news is the new gym at the Scotia-based private school. The full-sized gym gives the Falcons their first true home court since leaving the cramped confines of their old gym nearly a decade ago.

"Our school is academically very strong, and we wanted our athletic program to be very strong," said coach Chad Bowman. "The one thing we lacked was the (gym) facilities, so this brings us up to the level we want to be at."

The team Schenectady Christian will have in its new gym is vastly different from the one that went to the Section II, Class CC semifinals last year. Three starters graduated including 1,000-point scorer Jake Bowman.

"It's going to be an adjustment playing without the three guys we lost," said coach Bowman. "But I like the group that we have, and I think we're up to the challenge."

Point guard Kelsey Collins and forward Steve Brundage head up the list of returning players. Bowman said he expects Collins to pick up his scoring average this season, while Brundage and Chris McCarty will be looked upon to be contributors in the foul lane.

Guards R.J. Gallup and Ian Compton are also back this year, while forward Tommy McClain comes in from the junior varsity squad.

Schenectady Christian opens its season at its new gym Friday, Dec. 5, against Western Athletic Conference rival Canajoharie.""

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