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Tyler Carey drives toward the net during Brentwood's

Tyler Carey drives toward the net during Brentwood's victory over Smithtown West in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals at Island Federal Credit Union Arena on Feb. 21, 2016. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

LEAGUE I

BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Anthony Jimenez

Last season: 20-3

Key players

F Tyler Carey 6-4 Sr.

C Zed Key 6-6 Fr.

F Rahmel Allen 6-3 Sr.

G Karis Watson 5-11 Sr.

F Jovon Williams 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: Key, already recruited, could be a big addition.

COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: Pete Smith

Last season: 10-10

Key players

G Ryan Donohue 6-0 Sr.

G Aidan Keenan 6-1 Soph.

F Johnny Pohlman 6-2 Sr.

F Brian Morrisey 6-5 Sr.

G Jason Salerno 5-11 Sr

Outlook: Looking to ride uptempo style to sixth straight playoff berth.

FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Rob Hodgson

Last season: 1-17

Key players

G Mike Thomas 5-10 Sr.

G AJ Ray 6-0 Sr.

G Tyriece Bazemore 6-3 Sr.

G Greg Trent 6-0 Soph.

G Darrell Sumpter 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: Transfers Kendall and Kyleim Robinson could provide a boost.

LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: Patrick Hayes

Last season: 9-9

Key players

F Jalen Ryan 6-3 Jr.

G Emmanuel Rancy 6-3 Jr.

G Jaylin Smith G Jr.

G Elijah Whitty G Soph.

G Isaiah Whitty G Soph.

Outlook: Ryan leads a young team.

PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Wil Dortonne

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Brian Dellecazve 6-1 Jr.

G/F Bradley Malm 6-2 Sr.

F Noah Stevenson 6-5 Jr.

G Anthony Ahyoung 5-10 Sr.

F Devin Llanes 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Looking stronger.

SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: John Finta

Last season: 9-11

Key players

F Ali Campos 6-6 Sr.

G Jon Hart 5-11 Sr.

G Pierce Powell 5-10 Sr.

G Ricky Marino 6-0 Sr.

G Anthony White-Howard 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Campos, Hart and Powell return for their third varsity seasons.

SACHEM NO. FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Matt Candemeres

Last season: 12-6

Key players

G/F Drew Scally 6-1 Sr.

G/F Phil Bellomo 6-0 Sr.

G/F James Avanzato 5-11 Sr.

G Bradley Anacreon 5-9 So.

F/C Arnold Grant 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Scally, Bellomo, Avanzato lead team that went 11-3 last season.

WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Alex Piccirillo

Last season: 7-7

Key players

G Matt Hudzik 6-0 Sr.

C Alex Sobel 6-6 Jr.

F Dominic Pryor 6-0 Sr.

G Ray Grabowski 6-1 So.

G Noah Kepes 5-9 Sr.

Outlook: Hudzik is a 3-point threat; Sobel is strong from the field.

LEAGUE II

BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Coach: CJ Leary

Last season: 15-5

Key players

G Angel Rivera 6-2 Sr.

F Jose Rivera 6-2 Sr.

G Kyree Sawyer 5-11 Sr.

F Lavon Montgomery 6-4 Sr.

C Jordan Drain 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: Senior-rich squad is led by the Rivera twins.

CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

Coach: Larry Butzke

Last season: 12-7

Key players:

G Ryan Beckles 6-4 Sr.

C Chris Cherry 6-6 Sr.

G Darryan Fuentes 6-0 Jr.

G Ty-Shon Pannell 5-7 Fr.

F Michael Hennie 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Beckles will lead at point guard; Cherry is an imposing presence.

CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Tom Trava

Last season: 5-9

Key players:

G Seth Goumba 6-0 Jr.

F Jeremiah Bozzo 6-2 Sr.

F Taylor Stepanek 6-4 Jr.

G Andrew Wright 6-0 Sr.

G Michael Krall 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Bozzo and Wright’s athleticism will help first-year coach Trava.

HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Peter Basel

Last season: 11-9

Key players

G Savion Lewis 6-0 Jr.

G Julien Crittendon 6-1 Jr.

F Kenny Mathurin 6-4 Jr.

G Kioni Nedd 6-1 Sr.

G/F Kendall Nero Clark 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Could be in for a big season, led by Lewis 21 ppg, 7 assist, 4 steals),

LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Jim Fenton

Last season: 3-14

Key players:

G Arthur Brzozka 6-2 Sr.

F Jeremy Ruckert 6-5 Jr.

G Shane Webster 5-11 Sr.

G Andy Merkerson 5-11 Sr.

G Adrian Jorge 5-11 Jr.

Outlook: Brzozka returns off a 16-ppg season; Ruckert provides a boost.

NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: Andrew D’Eloia

Last season: 19-2

Key players:

G Kevin Cryer-Hassett 5-10 Jr.

G Ryan Magnuson 6-3 Sr.

G/F Justin Carrano 6-2 Jr.

G/F Brandon Raffa 6-2 Sr.

G Connor Widmaier 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: Cryer-Hassett & Magnuson anchor team with new players in key roles.

RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: John Rossetti

Last season: 9-10

Key players

G Christian Pace 5-10 Soph.

G William Sanders Jr. 5-10 Sr.

F Jake Ratzke 6-3 Sr.

G Keshawn Lamb 5-11 Sr.

F Robert Tyre 6-3 Soph.

Outlook: Young team, new league

WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Tom Fitzpatrick

Last season: 6-12

Key players

F Brandon Corbin 6-3 Sr.

G John Keeler 5-10 Sr.

F Leevon Black 6-2 Jr.

F Griffin McNally 6-2 Jr.

G Kendall Wilkerson 5-9 Soph.

Outlook: Looking to reverse fortunes.

LEAGUE III

CENTEREACH COUGARS

Coach: Ed Miller

Last season: 10-7

Key players

G Jon Agostino 5-6 Sr.

F Chris Witherspoon 6-2 Jr.

F Ryan Wheeler 6-2 Sr.

F Josh Washington 6-2 Soph.

G Ryan Dunn 5-10 Sr.

Outlook: Agostino (8.3 ppg) is the top returning scorer.

COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Steve Rebholz

Last season: 13-7

Key players

G Rigaud Destime 6-1 Sr.

G/F Michael Snowden 6-4 Jr.

G Terry Roberts 6-2 Jr.

F Keyon Harry 6-3 Sr.

F John Riggio 6-7 Sr.

Outlook: Double-figure scorers Destime and Snowden lead the way

HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Brian Carey

Last season: 7-12

Key players

F Kevin Lawrence 6-4 Sr.

G Mike Abbondandelo 5-10 Jr.

G James Shea 6-0 Sr.

F Mekhi Harvey 6-3 Jr.

G/F Max Angstadt 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Quick but inexperienced.

NEWFIELD WOLVERINES

Coach: Tony Agostino

Last season: 8-10

Key players

G Paul Von Voight 5-10 Jr.

F Justin Ottenwalder 6-0 Sr.

F Christian Agostino 6-2 Jr.

G Colin Cassara 5-9 Fr.

G Devin Ward 5-0 Fr.

Outlook: New starting five.

North Babylon Bulldogs

Coach: Brendan McCaffrey

Last season: 11-7

Key players

F Billy Muller 6-6 Jr.

G Brandon Sobotker 6-0 Sr.

G Devon Hicks 6-1 Sr.

G Jayson Okanlawon 5-6 Sr.

F Cori Sanders 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Muller is a presence inside, surrounded by a deep group of guards.

SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

Coach: Keith Reyling

Last season: 12-6

Key players

G Sam Wahba 5-10 Sr.

F Andrew Smith 6-3 Sr.

F Brian Cosgrove 6-3 Jr.

G James Brickley 6-2 Sr.

F John Cawley 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: Wahba (6 ppg) and Smith (8 ppg, 8 rpg) lead the way.

SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Michael Agostino

Last season: 16-5

Key players

G Chris Crespo 6-2 Jr.

F Kyle LaGuardia 6-4 Sr.

G Greg Giordano 5-10 Sr.

G Nick Ferolito 6-3 Sr.

G Gordon Shouler 5-9 Sr.

Outlook: Crespo, LaGuardia and Giordano return after nice seasons.

WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Tom Cross

Last season: 0-17

Key players

C Jake Russo 6-8 Sr.

G Brendan Walsh 6-1 Sr.

F Joe Valentino 6-4 Sr.

G Joe Diggle 5-10 Sr.

G/F Tom Gatto 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Russo, Valentino, Walters lead the way.

LEAGUE IV

BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Peter Grossi

Last season: 14-6

Key players

C Jarrell White 6-3 Soph.

G Teandre Rountree 5-9 Jr.

G Marcus Morning 5-9 Sr.

F Justin Rountree 6-0 Sr.

G Raj Noak 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: White (12.6 ppg, 13.1 rpg) is one of LI’s best young big men.

DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: John McCaffrey

Last season: 13-6

Key players

G Darien Jenkins 6-3 Sr.

G Brett Talbert 5-11 Jr.

F Josh Pismeny 6-1 Jr.

F Keshaun Jones 6-2 Jr.

F Marquis Major 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Jenkins, Talbert and Pismeny form a solid core.

EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Rob Schwender

Last season: 3-14

Key players

G Patrick Connolly 5-10 Jr.

G Weston Osburn 5-9 Sr.

F James Philbin 6-1 Sr.

F Jon Werner 6-3 Sr.

C Greg Cassiano 6-5 Jr.

Outlook: Strong core of returnees have Redmen hoping to contend.

EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Ken Hanlon

Last season: 1-17

Key players

C Matt Goncalves 6-6 Soph.

G Matt Gomez 5-10 Sr.

F Conor Clarke 6-4 Sr.

F Dan Murphy 6-2 Sr.

G Mike McCormick 5-10 Jr.

Outlook: Sharks return a solid amount of production from last year.

HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Bill Mitaritonna

Last season: 21-3

Key players

G Cameron Jordan 6-5 Sr.

G Matthew Asenjo 6-0 Sr.

F Jovahn Williamson 6-5 Sr.

G Derek Brower Jr. 6-0 Jr.

F Jeff Terry 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Colts are deep, fast and big.

HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Brad Hughes

Last season: 8-10

Key players

F Brendan Ilnitzki 6-1 Sr.

G Eric SanFilippo 5-9 Jr.

G Nick Salerno 5-8 Sr.

F Christian Rameau 6-3 Sr.

F Paul Nigro 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: Hoping to reach postseason.

KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Chris Rube

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Paul Cooper 5-10 Sr.

F Andrew Bianco 6-3 Soph.

G/F Richie Price 6-3 Sr.

G Jeffrey Li 5-10 Sr.

G Matthew LaCascia 5-9 Jr.

Outlook: Deeper than last year with better shooting ability.

WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Tim Lynch

Last season: 9-10

Key players

G Rob Chiddick 6-4 Sr.

G Jose Deniz 5-11 Jr.

G John Stuart 6-0 Jr.

G Chris Lynch 5-10 Sr.

F Dylan Ott 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Chiddick (12 ppg) is the only returning starter.

LEAGUE V

AMITYVILLE WARRIORS

Coach: Gordon Thomas

Last season 8-10

Key players

G Joshua Serrano 5-11 Jr.

G Marquell Sterling 5-11 Sr.

F/C Braden Tannis 6-4 Jr.

F Travis Angus 6-3 Jr.

F Anthony Benjamin 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Eight returnees include Serrano (24 ppg).

COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS

Coach: Joel Sutherland

Last season: 9-9

Key players

C David Heller 6-4 Sr.

G Tom McGuire 6-0 Jr.

G Joey Carillo 6-0 Sr.

F/C Pat Billings 6-4 Jr.

G Tyler Petruzzi 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Double-double threat Heller (11.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg) leads the way.

HARBORFIELDS TORNADOES

Coach: John Tampori

Last season: 19-5

Key players

F Alex Merhige 6-4 Sr.

G Kyle Stolba 6-0 Sr.

G Shane Wagner 6-0 Sr.

F Ryan Stolba 6-2 Sr.

F Joe Kelly 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Merhige is the only returning starter; Kelly & Stolbas add experience.

ISLIP BUCCANEERS

Coach: Jamie Lynch

Last season: 1-17

Key players

C Scott Mastermaker 6-4 Sr.

G Chris Giuliani 6-0 Soph.

F Kevin Lewis 6-2 Jr.

G Rich Dodier 5-10 Sr.

G Joe Juengerkes 6-0 Fr.

Outlook: Will rely on Mastermaker’s inside presence.

MILLER PLACE PANTHERS

Coach: Brian Sztabnik

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Max Steele 6-0 Sr.

G Christian Loretta 5-7 Sr.

G Matt Hirdt 6-2 Jr.

F Alex Herbst 6-0 Jr.

F Thomas Nealis 6-4 Soph.

Outlook: Adelphi commit Steele (12 ppg) leads the way. Loretta, Hirdt key backcourt.

ROCKY POINT EAGLES

Coach: James Jordan

Last season: 10-8

Key players

G Alec Rinaldi 5-11 Jr.

F David Apperson 6-2 Jr.

G Nick Volpe 5-10 Sr.

F Steve Psillos 6-2 Jr.

F Nick Vitiglio 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Rinaldi (8 ppg, 4 apg) is lone returning starter.

SAYVILLE GOLDEN FLASHES

Coach: Lou Lowe

Last season: 12-6

Key players

F Joey Harclerode 6-4 Sr.

G Joey Mas 5-10 Jr.

F Brendan Keenan 6-0 Sr.

F PJ Gunther 6-2 Sr.

G Jesse Mas 5-8 Soph.

Outlook: Highly regarded Harclerode (17 ppg, 7 rpg) leads the Golden Flashes.

WESTHAMPTON HURRICANES

Coach: John Baumiller

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Jake Gaudiello 5-10 Jr.

F Nolan Quinlan 6-5 Jr.

G/F Griffin Schulz 6-0 Sr.

G/F Nigel Braithwaite 6-0 Jr.

G Matt Pesce 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Looking to make playoff push.

LEAGUE VI

BAYPORT-BLUE POINT PHANTOMS

Coach: Charlie Peck

Last season: 13-6

Key players

G Mike Darby 6-2 Sr.

G Zach Walker 6-1 Jr.

F Kevin Doty 6-5 Jr.

G Andrew Riefenstahl 6-2 Sr.

F Ryan Lawrence 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Darby (15.4 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.5 apg) is one of top players in League VI.

EAST HAMPTON BONACKERS

Coach: Dan White

Last season: 21-3

Key players

G Jack Reese 5-10 Jr.

F Bladimir Rodriguez 6-3 Soph.

F Phil Zablobky 6-2 Sr.

G Malachi Miller 6-0 Soph.

F Nathan Wright 6-2 Soph.

Outlook: Reese (10 ppg, 6 apg) leads a young lineup.

GLENN KNIGHTS

Coach: Charly Rogener

Last season: 9-9

Key players

G Matt Tufano 5-9 Sr.

F Greg Thornhill 6-4 Sr.

G Mike Aufiero 5-8 Sr.

G Andrew Song 5-10 Sr.

G Tyler Song 5-6 Sr.

Outlook: Tufano (15) and Aufiero (10) are Knights’ top returnees.

HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Coach: Pete Meehan

Last season: 1-17

Key players

G Antonio Scotto 5-6 Soph.

G Andrew Hafemeister 5-9 Sr.

G Armin Bandic 5-10 Sr.

F Josh Aube 6-1 Sr.

F David Krieg 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Krieg leads team hoping to rebound.

MOUNT SINAI MUSTANGS

Coach: Ryan McNeely

Last season: 12-7

Key players

G Nick Rose 6-1 Sr.

F Harrison Bak 6-5 Sr.

F Cole Harkins 6-2 Sr.

F Nick Pintabona 6-0 Soph.

G John Clark 5-11 Jr.

Outlook: Rose (14 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Bak (8.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) return.

SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER WILDCATS

Coach: Kevin Culhane

Last season: 5-11

Key players

G Kenny DeGolyer 5-11 Sr.

G Chris Sheehan 5-9 Sr.

G Jalen Wright 5-9 Sr.

C Liam Mahoney 6-4 Soph.

F Dan Cassidy 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Degolyer, Sheehan, Wright and Mahoney lead returnees.

SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS

Coach: Herm Lamison

Last season: 16-8

Key players

F Micah Snowden 6-4 Soph.

G Elijah Wingfield 6-1 Jr.

F Timmy Alejo 6-2 Sr.

G Chad Pike 5-11 Sr.

G Aaron Krzyzewski 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: New challenge in Class A after winning last three Class B LI crowns.

WYANDANCH WARRIORS

Coach: Barry L. Baker Jr.

Last season: 12-8

Key players

G Keshawn Charles 6-1 Sr.

G Dabien Walker 6-1 Sr.

F Corey Stewart 6-2 Sr.

G Allon LittleJohn 6-1 Sr.

C Maurice Miller 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: Warriors relying on Charles after moving up to new league.

LEAGUE VII

BABYLON PANTHERS

Coach: Chris Morra

Last season: 13-7

Key players

F Jason Carlock 6-2 Sr.

G Shaun Kaminski 6-0 Sr.

F Josiah Morris 6-1 Fr.

G Aidan La Rock 5-11 Jr.

F Ian Howard 6-3 Jr.

Outlook: County finalist returns three starters.

CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS

Coach: Nick Thomas

Last season: 11-9

G/F Sean Braithwaite 6-5 Soph.

G/F Nakia Durham 6-2 Sr.

G Troy Goode Jr. 5-11 Jr.

F/C Dave Falco 6-4 Soph.

G/F Tyiquon Nix 6-0 Soph.

Outlook: Braithwaite (14 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg) and Durham (13 ppg) lead the way.

MATTITUCK TUCKERS

Coach: Paul Ellwood

Last season: 11-8

Key players

C Carter Montgomery 6-2 Sr.

F Brendan Kent 6-3 Sr.

G Ryan McCaffrey 5-9 Sr.

F Ryan Shuford 6-4 Sr.

G Matt Mauceri 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: New lineup,high expectations.

MERCY MONARCHS

Coach: Kevin O’Halloran

Last season: 8-10

Key players

F Sean Tuthill 6-2 Sr.

F Allan Zilnicki 6-0 Jr.

G Matt Gambino 5-10 Sr.

G John Venesina 5-8 Jr.

G Matt Chilicki 5-9 Soph.

Outlook: Tuthill (8.2 ppg) and Zilnicki (7.3 ppg) lead young lineup.

PORT JEFFERSON ROYALS

Coach: Keith Buehler

Last season: 4-14

Key players

G/F Kris Cheslock 6-3 Sr.

G/F Brian Mark 6-0 Sr.

F John Mclaughlin 6-2 Sr.

F Sean Griffin 6-1 Sr.

G Thomas Mark 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: Cheslock (12 ppg), Mark (10 ppg) and Mclaughlin (10 ppg) lead way.

THE ROSS SCHOOL COSMOS

Coach: Max Krieger

Last season: 0-18

Key players

G Jonas Linnman-Feuerring 5-11 Sr.

F August Schultz 6-0 Jr.

F Oscar Zhao 6-2 Sr.

G Michael Vanegas-Alban 5-11 Sr.

G Kai Parcher-Charles 5-9 Jr.

Outlook: Defensive-minded team,relies on quick, athletic shooters.

LEAGUE VIII

BRIDGEHAMPTON KILLER BEES

Coach: Carl Johnson

Last season: 18-5

Key players

F Elijah Jackson 6-2 Sr.

G Nae-Jon Ward 5-2 Fr.

F Elijah Harding 5-11 Sr.

F J.P. Harding 5-11 Soph.

G Elijah White 6-2 Fr.

Outlook: Jackson (16 ppg), Elijah Harding and J.P. Harding lead the way.

GREENPORT PORTERS

Coach: Ev Corwin

Last season: 3-13

Key players

F Julian Swann 6-4 Soph.

G Jordan Fonseca 5-10 Jr.

C Sam Strickland 6-0 Sr.

G Ahkee Anderson 5-9 Fr.

F Jack Webster 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Swann (12 ppg, 14 rpg) was the League VIII rookie of the year.

PIERSON WHALERS

Coach: Hank Katz

Last season: 8-10

Key players

G Sean Sloan 5-9 Sr.

G Will Martin 6-1 Jr.

F Angelo Toscano 5-10 Sr.

F Spencer Chase 6-1 Sr.

F Sam Warne 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Looking to play fast and space the floor with shooters.

SHELTER ISLAND INDIANS

Coach: Jay Card Jr.

Last season: 11-7

Key players

F/C Luke Ghilpin 6-2 Jr.

G/F Evan Thilberg 5-10 Sr.

G/F Eric Thilberg 5-11 Soph.

G Kal Lewis 6-0 Fr.

F Nico Seddio 6-0 Soph.

Outlook: Relying on underclassmen.

SOUTHOLD SETTLERS

Coach: Lucas Grigonis

Last season: 6-11

Key players

G Patrick McFarland 6-0 Sr.

F Gus Klavas 6-2 Sr.

F Anthony Klavas 6-2 Sr.

F Douglas Fiedler 6-2 Sr.

G Zachary Grathwohl 5-10 Jr.

Outlook: McFarland (19 ppg) leads.

THE STONY BROOK SCHOOL BEARS

Coach: Mike Hickey

Last season: 15-5

Key players

F Mac Bohuny 6-4 Sr.

G Brandon Providence 5-5 Sr.

F Jyles Etienne 6-6 Sr.

F John Eshirow 5-10 Sr.

G Harry Zhu 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Two time LI champs return key forwards in Bohuny and Etienne with Providence at guard.

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League II

Bay Shore Marauders

Coach: CJ Leary

Last season: 15-5

Key players

G Angel Rivera 6-2 Sr.

F Jose Rivera 6-2 Sr.

G Kyree Sawyer 5-11 Sr.

F Lavon Montgomery 6-4 Sr.

C Jordan Drain 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: A senior-rich squad, Bay Shore is led by Angel Rivera’s 16 points per game and his twin brother Jose’s 12 points and four steals a game. Montgomery and Drain control the paint averaging nine points and seven rebounds and 10 points and nine rebounds, respectively, with Sawyer adding 10 points a game.

Central Islip Musketeers

Coach: Larry Butzke

Last season: 12-7

Key players:

G Ryan Beckles 6-4 Sr.

C Chris Cherry 6-6 Sr.

G Darryan Fuentes 6-0 Jr.

G Ty-Shon Pannell 5-7 Fr.

F Michael Hennie 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Beckles, who led Brentwood in rebounds last season, returns to Central Islip and will lead the offense at point guard. Cherry is an imposing presence in the middle as he is the lone returning scorer -- averaging six points, seven rebounds and three blocks a game last year.

Connetquot Thunderbirds

Coach: Tom Trava

Last season: 5-9

Key players:

G Seth Goumba 6-0 Jr.

F Jeremiah Bozzo 6-2 Sr.

F Taylor Stepanek 6-4 Jr.

G Andrew Wright 6-0 Sr.

G Michael Krall 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Juniors Goumba and Stepanek make the move from junior varsity for the Thunderbirds and Bozzo and Wright’s athleticism on the gridiron will help first-year coach Trava. Bozzo averaged nine points and four rebounds last season.

Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds

Coach: Peter Basel

Last season: 11-9

Key players

G Savion Lewis 6-0 Jr.

G Julien Crittendon 6-1 Jr.

F Kenny Mathurin 6-4 Jr.

G Kioni Nedd 6-1 Sr.

G/F Kendall Nero Clark 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: With lofty team expectations to strong junior core of the Thunderbirds could be in for a big season -- led by Lewis, who averaged 21 points, seven assists and four steals last season and is drawing Division I interest. Crittendon’s ball handling and craftiness along with Mathurin’s size and Nedd’s defense will be key this season.

Lindenhurst Bulldogs

Coach: Jim Fenton

Last season: 3-14

Key players:

G Arthur Brzozka 6-2 Sr.

F Jeremy Ruckert 6-5 Jr.

G Shane Webster 5-11 Sr.

G Andy Merkerson 5-11 Sr.

G Adrian Jorge 5-11 Jr.

Outlook: Brzozka returns off a 16-point per game season last year and the Bulldogs will get a nice boost in Ruckert, who missed last season and is one of the highest recruited football players in America due to his athleticism at tight end.

Northport Tigers

Coach: Andrew D’Eloia

Last season: 19-2

Key players:

G Kevin Cryer-Hassett 5-10 Jr.

G Ryan Magnuson 6-3 Sr.

G/F Justin Carrano 6-2 Jr.

G/F Brandon Raffa 6-2 Sr.

G Connor Widmaier 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: The Tigers lost 90 percent of their scoring, rebounding and assists from last season and will rely heavily on Cryer-Hassett and Magnuson along with new players in key roles.

Riverhead Blue Waves

Coach: John Rossetti

Last season: 9-10

Key players

G Christian Pace 5-10 Soph.

G William Sanders Jr. 5-10 Sr.

F Jake Ratzke 6-3 Sr.

G Keshawn Lamb 5-11 Sr.

F Robert Tyre 6-3 Soph.

Outlook: After making an out-bracket appearance out of League III last season, a young Riverhead moves up to League II.

Whitman Wildcats

Coach: Tom Fitzpatrick

Last season: 6-12

Key players

F Brandon Corbin 6-3 Sr.

G John Keeler 5-10 Sr.

F Leevon Black 6-2 Jr.

F Griffin McNally 6-2 Jr.

G Kendall Wilkerson 5-9 Soph.

Outlook: The Wildcats hope to reverse their fortunes in close games after losing five times by a total of 26 points last year.

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League III

Centereach Cougars

Coach: Ed Miller

Last season: 10-7

Key players

G Jon Agostino 5-6 Sr.

F Chris Witherspoon 6-2 Jr.

F Ryan Wheeler 6-2 Sr.

F Josh Washington 6-2 Soph.

G Ryan Dunn 5-10 Sr.

Outlook: Agostino, who averaged 8.3 points and 1.4 assists per game last year, is the Cougars’ top returning scorer.

Copiague Eagles

Coach: Steve Rebholz

Last season: 13-7

Key players

G Rigaud Destime 6-1 Sr.

G/F Michael Snowden 6-4 Jr.

G Terry Roberts 6-2 Jr.

F Keyon Harry 6-3 Sr.

F John Riggio 6-7 Sr.

Outlook: Destime and Snowden, double-figure scorers last year, will carry the team offensively. Roberts is a notable addition in his first year on varsity.

Huntington Blue Devils

Coach: Brian Carey

Last season: 7-12

Key players

F Kevin Lawrence 6-4 Sr.

G Mike Abbondandelo 5-10 Jr.

G James Shea 6-0 Sr.

F Mekhi Harvey 6-3 Jr.

G/F Max Angstadt 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: The Blue Devils are quicker than they were last year, but they are also more inexperienced. Carey likes this group’s potential as it continues to grow.

Newfield Wolverines

Coach: Tony Agostino

Last season: 8-10

Key players

G Paul Von Voight 5-10 Jr.

F Justin Ottenwalder 6-0 Sr.

F Christian Agostino 6-2 Jr.

G Colin Cassara 5-9 Fr.

G Devin Ward 5-0 Fr.

Outlook: The young Wolverines graduated all five starters from last season and will depend on shooting and athleticism to remain competitive in Suffolk III.

North Babylon Bulldogs

Coach: Brendan McCaffrey

Last season: 11-7

Key players

F Billy Muller 6-6 Jr.

G Brandon Sobotker 6-0 Sr.

G Devon Hicks 6-1 Sr.

G Jayson Okanlawon 5-6 Sr.

F Cori Sanders 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Muller is a sturdy presence inside, surrounded by a deep group of guards. Hicks (Holy Trinity) and Savyon Barker (Wyandanch) add depth to the backcourt as transfers.

Smithtown East Bulls

Coach: Keith Reyling

Last season: 12-6

Key players

G Sam Wahba 5-10 Sr.

F Andrew Smith 6-3 Sr.

F Brian Cosgrove 6-3 Jr.

G James Brickley 6-2 Sr.

F John Cawley 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: Coming off winning their last eight league games of the season, the defensive-minded Bulls will rely on seniors Wahba (six points per game) and Smith (eight points, eight rebounds).

Smithtown West Bulls

Coach: Michael Agostino

Last season: 16-5

Key players

G Chris Crespo 6-2 Jr.

F Kyle LaGuardia 6-4 Sr.

G Greg Giordano 5-10 Sr.

G Nick Ferolito 6-3 Sr.

G Gordon Shouler 5-9 Sr.

Outlook: Coming off their first league championship in school history, the Bulls return Crespo, who is receiving Division I interest after averaging 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals as a sophomore. LaGuardia and Giordano also return after nice seasons.

West Islip Lions

Coach: Tom Cross

Last season: 0-17

Key players

C Jake Russo 6-8 Sr.

G Brendan Walsh 6-1 Sr.

F Joe Valentino 6-4 Sr.

G Joe Diggle 5-10 Sr.

G/F Tom Gatto 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Russo, who is committed to NYIT, averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks last year. The Lions will look to him -- and Valentino and 6-6 junior Craig Walters -- inside early and often.

By Ari Kramer and Owen O’Brien

League IV

Bellport Clippers

Coach: Peter Grossi

Last season: 14-6

Key players

C Jarrell White 6-3 Soph.

G Teandre Rountree 5-9 Jr.

G Marcus Morning 5-9 Sr.

F Justin Rountree 6-0 Sr.

G Raj Noak 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: White, who averaged 12.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game last year, is one of Long Island’s best young big men.

Deer Park Falcons

Coach: John McCaffrey

Last season: 13-6

Key players

G Darien Jenkins 6-3 Sr.

G Brett Talbert 5-11 Jr.

F Josh Pismeny 6-1 Jr.

F Keshaun Jones 6-2 Jr.

F Marquis Major 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: The core remains almost exactly the same, with Jenkins, Talbert and Pismeny leading the way. Jenkins has drawn an offer from LIU Post and interest from D-II and D-III schools, according to McCaffrey.

East Islip Redmen

Coach: Rob Schwender

Last season: 3-14

Key players

G Patrick Connolly 5-10 Jr.

G Weston Osburn 5-9 Sr.

F James Philbin 6-1 Sr.

F Jon Werner 6-3 Sr.

C Greg Cassiano 6-5 Jr.

Outlook: With the bulk of last year’s team back, the Redmen and their aggressive man-to-man defense hope to contend for a playoff spot.

Eastport-South Manor Sharks

Coach: Ken Hanlon

Last season: 1-17

Key players

C Matt Goncalves 6-6 Soph.

G Matt Gomez 5-10 Sr.

F Conor Clarke 6-4 Sr.

F Dan Murphy 6-2 Sr.

G Mike McCormick 5-10 Jr.

Outlook: With Goncalves (12 points and eight rebounds per game) leading the way, the Sharks return a solid amount of production from last year.

Half Hollow Hills West Colts

Coach: Bill Mitaritonna

Last season: 21-3

Key players

G Cameron Jordan 6-5 Sr.

G Matthew Asenjo 6-0 Sr.

F Jovahn Williamson 6-5 Sr.

G Derek Brower Jr. 6-0 Jr.

F Jeff Terry 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Jordan, a Syracuse football commit, is the top returning player from last year’s Suffolk Class AA champion. The Colts are deep, fast and big, which will enable them to play their uptempo, full-court style.

Hauppauge Eagles

Coach: Brad Hughes

Last season: 8-10

Key players

F Brendan Ilnitzki 6-1 Sr.

G Eric SanFilippo 5-9 Jr.

G Nick Salerno 5-8 Sr.

F Christian Rameau 6-3 Sr.

F Paul Nigro 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: Ilnitzki, SanFilippo and Rameau started for last year’s team, which missed the playoffs by a game. With solid guard play and outside shooting, the Eagles hope to crack the postseason.

Kings Park Kingsmen

Coach: Chris Rube

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Paul Cooper 5-10 Sr.

F Andrew Bianco 6-3 Soph.

G/F Richie Price 6-3 Sr.

G Jeffrey Li 5-10 Sr.

G Matthew LaCascia 5-9 Jr.

Outlook: Cooper and Bianco are the only returning starters, but this year’s team is deeper and has better shooting ability from top to bottom.

West Babylon Eagles

Coach: Tim Lynch

Last season: 9-10

Key players

G Rob Chiddick 6-4 Sr.

G Jose Deniz 5-11 Jr.

G John Stuart 6-0 Jr.

G Chris Lynch 5-10 Sr.

F Dylan Ott 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Chiddick, who averaged 12 points per game last year, is the only returning starter from a playoff team. West Babylon will rely on his scoring and rebounding as his inexperienced teammates catch up.

By Ari Kramer and Owen O’Brien

League V

Amityville Warriors

Coach: Gordon Thomas

Last season 8-10

Key players

G Joshua Serrano 5-11 Jr.

G Marquell Sterling 5-11 Sr.

F/C Braden Tannis 6-4 Jr.

F Travis Angus 6-3 Jr.

F Anthony Benjamin 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Returning eight players, including Serrano, who averaged 24 points per game last season and is receiving Division I interest. The Warriors quick backcourt with talented shooters will lead the way.

Comsewogue Warriors

Coach: Joel Sutherland

Last season: 9-9

Key players

C David Heller 6-4 Sr.

G Tom McGuire 6-0 Jr.

G Joey Carillo 6-0 Sr.

F/C Pat Billings 6-4 Jr.

G Tyler Petruzzi 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Heller averaged a double-double last year with 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and the Warriors won nine of their last 13 games to make the playoffs.

Harborfields Tornadoes

Coach: John Tampori

Last season: 19-5

Key players

F Alex Merhige 6-4 Sr.

G Kyle Stolba 6-0 Sr.

G Shane Wagner 6-0 Sr.

F Ryan Stolba 6-2 Sr.

F Joe Kelly 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Merhige is the only returning starter, but Wagner, Kelly and the Stolbas were also members of last year’s county championship team.

Islip Buccaneers

Coach: Jamie Lynch

Last season: 1-17

Key players

C Scott Mastermaker 6-4 Sr.

G Chris Giuliani 6-0 Soph.

F Kevin Lewis 6-2 Jr.

G Rich Dodier 5-10 Sr.

G Joe Juengerkes 6-0 Fr.

Outlook: With a young backcourt, Islip will rely on Mastermaker’s inside presence on both ends of the floor.

Miller Place Panthers

Coach: Brian Sztabnik

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Max Steele 6-0 Sr.

G Christian Loretta 5-7 Sr.

G Matt Hirdt 6-2 Jr.

F Alex Herbst 6-0 Jr.

F Thomas Nealis 6-4 Soph.

Outlook: Steele, who is committed to play baseball at Adelphi is Miller Place’s top returning scorer at 12 points per game. The Panthers will rely on him, Loretta and Hirdt to make the backcourt a strength.

Rocky Point Eagles

Coach: James Jordan

Last season: 10-8

Key players

G Alec Rinaldi 5-11 Jr.

F David Apperson 6-2 Jr.

G Nick Volpe 5-10 Sr.

F Steve Psillos 6-2 Jr.

F Nick Vitiglio 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Rinaldi is the only returning starter on a team that graduated nine seniors. Beyond Rinaldi (8 ppg, 4 apg) and Apperson (6 ppg, 5 rpg), the Eagles are inexperienced.

Sayville Golden Flashes

Coach: Lou Lowe

Last season: 12-6

Key players

F Joey Harclerode 6-4 Sr.

G Joey Mas 5-10 Jr.

F Brendan Keenan 6-0 Sr.

F PJ Gunther 6-2 Sr.

G Jesse Mas 5-8 Soph.

Outlook: Widely regarded as one the top players in League V, SUNY New Paltz commit Harclerode (17 ppg, 7 rpg) will lead the Golden Flashes as they seek their fourth straight playoff berth.

Westhampton Hurricanes

Coach: John Baumiller

Last season: 5-13

Key players

G Jake Gaudiello 5-10 Jr.

F Nolan Quinlan 6-5 Jr.

G/F Griffin Schulz 6-0 Sr.

G/F Nigel Braithwaite 6-0 Jr.

G Matt Pesce 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: Led by the prolific scoring on Gaudiello and athleticism of Quinlan down low and Pesce and Jack Tiska from deep, the Hurricanes look to make a playoff push.

By Ari Kramer and Owen O’Brien

League VI

Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms

Coach: Charlie Peck

Last season: 13-6

Key players

G Mike Darby 6-2 Sr.

G Zach Walker 6-1 Jr.

F Kevin Doty 6-5 Jr.

G Andrew Riefenstahl 6-2 Sr.

F Ryan Lawrence 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Darby, who averaged 15.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last year, is one of the top players in League VI.

East Hampton Bonackers

Coach: Dan White

Last season: 21-3

Key players

G Jack Reese 5-10 Jr.

F Bladimir Rodriguez 6-3 Soph.

F Phil Zablobky 6-2 Sr.

G Malachi Miller 6-0 Soph.

F Nathan Wright 6-2 Soph.

Outlook: Reese (10 ppg, 6 apg) leads a young lineup and solid backcourt that could keep East Hampton competitive a year after an appearance in the county final.

Glenn Knights

Coach: Charly Rogener

Last season: 9-9

Key players

G Matt Tufano 5-9 Sr.

F Greg Thornhill 6-4 Sr.

G Mike Aufiero 5-8 Sr.

G Andrew Song 5-10 Sr.

G Tyler Song 5-6 Sr.

Outlook: Tufano (15) and Aufiero (10) are the only returners to average 10 or more minutes per game last year.

Hampton Bays Baymen

Coach: Pete Meehan

Last season: 1-17

Key players

G Antonio Scotto 5-6 Soph.

G Andrew Hafemeister 5-9 Sr.

G Armin Bandic 5-10 Sr.

F Josh Aube 6-1 Sr.

F David Krieg 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: With Krieg returning as an all-league player, Hampton Bays expects to take a step forward and be more competitive this season.

Mount Sinai Mustangs

Coach: Ryan McNeely

Last season: 12-7

Key players

G Nick Rose 6-1 Sr.

F Harrison Bak 6-5 Sr.

F Cole Harkins 6-2 Sr.

F Nick Pintabona 6-0 Soph.

G John Clark 5-11 Jr.

Outlook: Rose (14 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Bak (8.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) are the two returning starters from last year’s playoff team.

Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats

Coach: Kevin Culhane

Last season: 5-11

Key players

G Kenny DeGolyer 5-11 Sr.

G Chris Sheehan 5-9 Sr.

G Jalen Wright 5-9 Sr.

C Liam Mahoney 6-4 Soph.

F Dan Cassidy 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Degolyer, Sheehan, Wright and Mahoney are the only Wildcats with varsity experience, after the team lost eight players due to graduation and injury.

Southampton Mariners

Coach: Herm Lamison

Last season: 16-8

Key players

F Micah Snowden 6-4 Soph.

G Elijah Wingfield 6-1 Jr.

F Timmy Alejo 6-2 Sr.

G Chad Pike 5-11 Sr.

G Aaron Krzyzewski 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: The Mariners, who won the last three Class B Long Island championships, moved up to Class A this year.

Wyandanch Warriors

Coach: Barry L. Baker Jr.

Last season: 12-8

Key players

G Keshawn Charles 6-1 Sr.

G Dabien Walker 6-1 Sr.

F Corey Stewart 6-2 Sr.

G Allon LittleJohn 6-1 Sr.

C Maurice Miller 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: Charles earned a reputation as one of the best players in League VII last year. The Warriors will rely on him as they move up to League VI and Class A.

By Ari Kramer and Owen O’Brien

League VII

Babylon Panthers

Coach: Chris Morra

Last season: 13-7

Key players

F Jason Carlock 6-2 Sr.

G Shaun Kaminski 6-0 Sr.

F Josiah Morris 6-1 Fr.

G Aidan La Rock 5-11 Jr.

F Ian Howard 6-3 Jr.

Outlook: The Panthers, who return three starters from last year’s county finalist, will go 10 deep in their rotation.

Center Moriches Red Devils

Coach: Nick Thomas

Last season: 11-9

G/F Sean Braithwaite 6-5 Soph.

G/F Nakia Durham 6-2 Sr.

G Troy Goode Jr. 5-11 Jr.

F/C Dave Falco 6-4 Soph.

G/F Tyiquon Nix 6-0 Soph.

Outlook: Returning top two scorers from last season in Braithwaite (14 points, eight rebounds, six assists per game) and Durham (13 points, six rebounds). Center Moriches looks to improve off its strong finish last season in reaching the postseason.

Mattituck Tuckers

Coach: Paul Ellwood

Last season: 11-8

Key players

C Carter Montgomery 6-2 Sr.

F Brendan Kent 6-3 Sr.

G Ryan McCaffrey 5-9 Sr.

F Ryan Shuford 6-4 Sr.

G Matt Mauceri 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: The Tuckers will have an entirely new starting lineup, but Ellwood expects the senior class to produce a solid season.

Mercy Monarchs

Coach: Kevin O’Halloran

Last season: 8-10

Key players

F Sean Tuthill 6-2 Sr.

F Allan Zilnicki 6-0 Jr.

G Matt Gambino 5-10 Sr.

G John Venesina 5-8 Jr.

G Matt Chilicki 5-9 Soph.

Outlook: Tuthill (8.2 points per game) and Zilnicki (7.3 points) return at forward to lead the Monarchs’ young lineup.

Port Jefferson Royals

Coach: Keith Buehler

Last season: 4-14

Key players

G/F Kris Cheslock 6-3 Sr.

G/F Brian Mark 6-0 Sr.

F John Mclaughlin 6-2 Sr.

F Sean Griffin 6-1 Sr.

G Thomas Mark 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: Making the move up to Suffolk VII, the Royals return and athletic team including Cheslock (12 points per game), Mark (10 points) and Mclaughlin (10 points, eight rebounds).

The Ross School COSMOS

Coach: Max Krieger

Last season: 0-18

Key players

G Jonas Linnman-Feuerring 5-11 Sr.

F August Schultz 6-0 Jr.

F Oscar Zhao 6-2 Sr.

G Michael Vanegas-Alban 5-11 Sr.

G Kai Parcher-Charles 5-9 Jr.

Outlook: A defensive-minded team, the Ross school relies on quick, athletic shooters.

By Ari Kramer and Owen O’Brien

League VIII

Bridgehampton Killer Bees

Coach: Carl Johnson

Last season: 18-5

Key players

F Elijah Jackson 6-2 Sr.

G Nae-Jon Ward 5-2 Fr.

F Elijah Harding 5-11 Sr.

F J.P. Harding 5-11 Soph.

G Elijah White 6-2 Fr.

Outlook: The Killer Bees return three experienced players in Jackson, Elijah Harding and J.P. Harding after losing the Class D regional final last season. Jackson leads the bunch, averaging 16 points per game last season, and they will rely on a young backcourt in a pair of freshmen in Ward and White in hopes of another deep playoff run in Class D.

Greenport Porters

Coach: Ev Corwin

Last season: 3-13

Key players

F Julian Swann 6-4 Soph.

G Jordan Fonseca 5-10 Jr.

C Sam Strickland 6-0 Sr.

G Ahkee Anderson 5-9 Fr.

F Jack Webster 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Swann (12 ppg, 14 rpg) was the League VIII rookie of the year last year, and the award could stay in Greenport. Anderson was the star of last season’s undefeated JV team.

Pierson Whalers

Coach: Hank Katz

Last season: 8-10

Key players

G Sean Sloan 5-9 Sr.

G Will Martin 6-1 Jr.

F Angelo Toscano 5-10 Sr.

F Spencer Chase 6-1 Sr.

F Sam Warne 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: With a small but versatile lineup, the Whalers will look to play fast and space the floor with their shooters.

Shelter Island Indians

Coach: Jay Card Jr.

Last season: 11-7

Key players

F/C Luke Ghilpin 6-2 Jr.

G/F Evan Thilberg 5-10 Sr.

G/F Eric Thilberg 5-11 Soph.

G Kal Lewis 6-0 Fr.

F Nico Seddio 6-0 Soph.

Outlook: After graduating seven seniors, the Indians will rely on underclassmen to play major roles this season.

Southold Settlers

Coach: Lucas Grigonis

Last season: 6-11

Key players

G Patrick McFarland 6-0 Sr.

F Gus Klavas 6-2 Sr.

F Anthony Klavas 6-2 Sr.

F Douglas Fiedler 6-2 Sr.

G Zachary Grathwohl 5-10 Jr.

Outlook: McFarland (19 points per game) returns to lead an inexperienced Settlers squad looking to build a team based on chemistry and athleticism.

The Stony Brook School Bears

Coach: Mike Hickey

Last season: 15-5

Key players

F Mac Bohuny 6-4 Sr.

G Brandon Providence 5-5 Sr.

F Jyles Etienne 6-6 Sr.

F John Eshirow 5-10 Sr.

G Harry Zhu 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Coming off its second straight Class C Long Island championship and fourth straight Suffolk Class C championship, the Bears return key forwards in Bohuny and Etienne with Providence at guard.

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