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Suburban Council is wide open in 2010-11

The Suburban Council boys basketball landscape has changed dramatically since February.

Many of last season's top players have moved on to college, leaving many of the league's coaches scrambling to fill holes in their line-ups. And in some cases, coaches are having to build new starting line-ups from scratch.

All of this is leading to what many coaches are calling a wide-open race for the North and South division titles.

I think there are a lot of teams in the mix this year, said Shenendehowa coach Tony Dzikas, whose Plainsmen are seeking their fourth consecutive North Division crown. "I think Bethlehem is going to be big and strong. I think Shaker is going to have some good size, and they'll be tough. [Mike] McElroy is going to be big for Saratoga this year. Mohonasen has a lot of players back, too."

"Guilderland is going to be good, and Bethlehem is going to be good but there will be a lot of parity this year," said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino.

Here is a closer look at the two divisional races in the Suburban Council:

North Division

Ballston Spa Scotties

Head coach: Tim Moseman

Returning players: Drew Bishop (junior forward), Ryan McVaigh (junior forward), Austin Stenglien (senior forward)

Key newcomer: Matt McDonald (junior guard)

Outlook: The Scotties lost a key component to their offense when Jon Hammond transferred to Hudson Falls, but Moseman said the team he has this year should pick up the slack.

"We're pretty young, but we have some experience with our three returning players [Bishop, McVaigh and Stenglien]," said Moseman. "I think the team we have now will play well together."

Moving up the North Division standings will be tough, but Moseman said he believes that the program has turned a corner.

"The last couple of years, it's been hard to get kids to come out [for basketball]," said Moseman. "Now, we're at a point where we can get back to where we were four or five years ago."

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