Harrington steps up for PSNK men's basketball team
College Football Videos
If the Penn State New Kensington Lions basketball team is going to improve on last year's 5-14 overall record, the responsibility likely will fall on the shoulders of junior guard Daryl Harrington.
The team's only returning starter, Harrington averaged 13 points last season.
Harrington doesn't seem to mind the pressure to lead.
“I think we can make a run this year,” said Harrington, a graduate of Pittsburgh's Perry Traditional Academy. “It will be an extra challenge because we don't have a lot of height. Speed will play a big part.”
Third-year coach Doug Schneider likes what Harrington brings to the floor.
“He's a good, left-handed shooter who's tough to guard off the dribble,” Schneider said. “He's established positive leadership, and he keeps his composure. We're looking for Daryl to show his maturity.”
PSNK has only nine players to start the season, and Harrington is, by far, the most experienced. Some players expected to be back this year did not come out for the team.
Depth and inexperience are the main obstacles in the team's quest to move past last year's 4-12 mark in Penn State University Athletic Conference play.
“We're going to be very, very young, and (lack of) height is also a problem,” Schneider said. “If we can compete on the boards, we can do well. I believe in the guys we have.”
Taking on an expanded role this year will be guard and 3-point specialist Dom Strapac, a sophomore and a Leechburg High School graduate.
The Lions also will look for help from newcomer Rashon Boone of Summit Academy, a team that was seeded in the WPIAL playoffs last season, and lost a double-overtime encounter against Northgate. Boone is a 6-foot-2 forward.
Also in the frontcourt will be Jordan Buchanich (6-3) from Franklin Regional.
“Jordan's a determined young man, and he's very versatile,” Schneider said. “We have no true big men; they'll have to play bigger than they are.”
Point guard duties will fall to Paul Carrington, like Harrington, a Perry graduate.
“Paul's a quick learner and a hard worker,” Schneider said. “He could be one of our most improved players by the end of the season.”
Rounding out the Lions' roster will be Casey Cavanaugh (Burrell) and Mike Toney (Valley), two players, perhaps, more known for soccer in high school but reportedly adapting well to the rigors of small college basketball.
PSNK also is looking for help from guards Junbo Luan and Mike Worthy.
“We've got a great freshman core,” Harrington said. “With our special plays and conditioning, we should be fine. Our versatility and chemistry will be good this year.”
PSNK starts its season Tuesday at Mount Aloysius. The first five Lions games are on the road, including the PSUAC opener Nov. 28 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport.
PSNK will play its home opener Dec. 8 against Penn State-York.
Schneider will be assisted this year by Valley graduate Joe Mandak.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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.
- St. Vincent men, La Roche women open NCAA D-III tourney Friday
- Campus clippings: Edinboro’s Schrecongost bound for D-II nationals
- Cal U women hope to end Gannon hex tonight
- Duquesne women eye run at Atlantic 10 title, NCAA tournament
- Seton Hill excited about 2015 football recruits
- Point Park basketball player finds home-court advantage
- District college notes: St. Vincent women open PAC tournament Friday
- District college notes: Seton Hill sweeps lacrosse awards
- Cal U men honor Dana Zajicek