Ex-Blue Devils help keep team tight
TribLIVE Sports Videos
You might be hard-pressed to find a more tight-knit local basketball team than the Leechburg boys.
The Blue Devils consider their program a type of fraternity, where former players give back and help to mold current ones.
This year's team will be led by three seniors. Chris Swank, the team's second-leading scorer last season, joins other projected starters Joe Strellec and Jacob Iellimo.
Leechburg coach Damian Davies is excited about this group of players.
“They'll provide strong leadership and continue our family basketball tradition,” Davies said. “All of these players are close, and they've been playing together for a long time.”
Leechburg should benefit from having a lot of players who saw action last season. And aside from their senior-led team on the court, the Blue Devils will be helped on other fronts.
“We have players coming back from former teams to help like Todd Rupert from the (2006-07) WPIAL championship team, and (former player) Chris Diller,” Davies said.
Davies believes he has enough ability and depth to put a fast-paced team or physical lineup on the court. The team also has several multi-sport athletes, as Strellec and Iellimo played on the football team.
“We have some intense, quick guards,” Davies said. “We can also go with a big lineup, so we're pretty diverse.”
With those two options, Leechburg should be able to match up with a lot of teams. The Blue Devils hope experience can pay off.
“We always want to get better and improve in our preseason games. Winning the section is always our goal,” Davies said.
Leechburg finished 5-13 overall and 2-8 in Section 4-AA play last season. It opens the 2012-13 season in its own tip-off tournament.
Jesse Huba is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Crosby scores twice, Malkin delivers OT goal as Penguins beat Blues
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
- Steelers veteran linebacker Harrison focused on stretch run
- Friends, family, history lure natives back to Western Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offers own tradition with ‘Waltz’
- Penguins co-owner Lemieux snuffs rumored rift with Crosby
- Pittsburgh police chief finds use-of-force policies ‘quite satisfactory’
- Warrants issued for women accused of prostitution in New Stanton sting
- Puppies’ eyes glued shut, South Huntingdon animal shelter says
- Mt. Pleasant plan has no call for tax increase
- Year’s worth of rain floods Qatar