Suburban Council is wide open in 2010-11

Returning players: Emmett Hollyer (senior forward), Mike McElroy (senior forward), Brian Owen (senior guard), Matt Podesva (senior guard)

Newcomer: Dan Keehn (senior forward)

Outlook: The Blue Streaks possess one of the Suburban Council's top offensive players in McElroy, which gives them a leg up on much of the league.

"Mikey had about 14 points a game for us last year, and he made a great leap up from the JV level," said Snyder. "We also know it won't be a one-man show, and everyone needs to step up their game."

If Saratoga builds a strong supporting cast around McElroy, the Blue Streaks have a chance to end Shen's reign atop the North Division. But getting there will still be a battle.

"We [all the league coaches] are in agreement that the Suburban Council is tough all the way through, and we can't look past the next team that we play," said Snyder.

Shaker Blue Bison

Head coach: Jeff Holmes

Returning players: Ben Capeless (senior guard), Casey Hall (junior forward), Jeff Hoffman (senior guard/forward), John Holland (senior guard/forward), Ryan Polsinello (senior guard)

Newcomers: David Morrison (sophomore forward), Michael Talarico (senior guard)

Outlook: Despite having several players back, the level of varsity playing experience is low for the Blue Bison. None of the returning players saw much playing time last season.

"We've got some guys back, but we lost about 85 percent of our scoring last year," said Holmes.

To compensate, Holmes said the key for Shaker will be to use its athleticism and try to run opponents off the court.

"We're going to push the ball up the floor, and we're going to play tough defense," said Holmes.

Shenendehowa Plainsmen

Head coach: Tony Dzikas

Returning players: Jose Reyes (senior guard), Matt Pierson (senior forward), Farshad Sarrafi-Nour (senior forward), Bryan White (senior forward), Brandon Miller (junior forward)

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