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JEFF-YOUNGSVILLE'S MIKE Ahnstrom looks to get a pass off to Justin Pinkel (10) as Roscoe’s Curtis Schwarz defends.

How the Trojans Did

By Frank Rizzo

Season Record:
16–6 overall, 9–3 OCIAA Division IV, lost Class D championship game to Chester, 55-38.
Starting Lineup:
Forward – Gregg Semenetz
Forward – Jon Tanous
Guard – Justin Pinkel
Guard – Craig Corigliano
Center – time was split between Alex VanLoon and Mike Ahnstrom
Season Highlights:
“Getting to West Point (for the Class D championship game), that was a big step for us,” said co-coach Rick Ellison. “Although I would love to have those last eight minutes back!”
He added: “Winning our own tournament, beating Tri-Valley twice — we haven’t done that in a long time, and beating Florida twice, especially in the [Class D] semi. That was a big win. I think they were the favorites.”
Biggest Disappointments:
“Losing at West Point. We wanted to win, and we thought we could win,” Ellison said. “Losing to Tuxedo twice was disappointing, especially at home, where we played poorly.”
MVP/Most Improved:
These will be announced later this year at the athletic banquet.
Statistical Leaders:
Tanous led the Trojans, averaging 16 ppg while Semenetz scored 9.3 ppg. Semenetz, VanLoon, and Ahnstrom all averaged about nine rebounds per game. Corigliano dished out 3.8 assists/game.
On Being Co-Coaches:
“I don’t know how it would have worked out for anybody else, but for us it was fantastic,” said co-coach Bob Menges. “We started out together 11 years ago and we work very well together. We’re similar in our philosophies.”
Starting in 1990-91 and through 1999-2000, Ellison was the head coach while Menges was his assistant.
“It was an easy transition, and totally beneficial to us and to our team.” Menges noted.
Last Thoughts:
“This year was a good stepping stone. We obviously upgraded our schedule a lot and I thought that will be beneficial when we’ll have to be a C school,” said Ellison, referring to the tri-school merger which will make J-Y, Delaware Valley, and Narrowsburg one team next season. “This was a terrific bunch of kids, a very unselfish team. We didn’t have one problem with them.”

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