Wethersfield Basketball Heads into 2013-14 Season with Strong Seniors
WETHERSFIELD - At the start of the high school basketball season, at least part of the story typically centers on how a team is going to fill the shoes left by its seniors after the previous year.
While the Wethersfield Eagles did lose some key veterans in Ivan Mangual and Bryant Molloy, amongst others, they probably won’t have to worry too much about whether or not last year’s underclassmen are ready to step up. That’s because many of the team’s offensive catalysts, including leading scorer Ryan Peterson, were juniors last year and are returning to lead an Eagles squad that went 10-12 in the regular season before falling in the first round of the state tournament to Wilton High School in a 74-64 result on the road out of the lower half of the Central Connecticut North division.
For Peterson, that will likely mean doing more of the same and, for him, that means everything. As a junior, he averaged more than 14 points per game on the way to tallying the team-leading 259 for the season, but he made his presence felt on defense as well. His 83 defensive rebounds were the team high, and he finished third in steals with 18. Fellow junior Andrew Kelly took that category with 23, with then-senior Dan DeVaux recording 19, according to MaxPreps.
Peterson was also the most dangerous Eagle when shooting from behind the arc, sinking 35 percent from three-point range last year.
This year, the Eagles will have a couple of matchups against Windsor High School-last year’s Central Connecticut North Division leader, as well as a Dec. 28 game against their rivals from Newington.
Wethersfield will play six games on the road--they start the season Dec. 18 at Platt High School before paying visits to Weaver, Maloney, Newington, Rockville, and Windsor-before their first home game against South Windsor Jan. 11.