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WCCC men

Coach: Andrew Colosimo

2012-13 record: 10-16 overall

Conference: Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference

Top returning players: F Jordan Ruggiero, G Terrance McCoy

Key loss: Andy Carter.

The buzz: WCCC must replace Andy Carter, who averaged 27 points per game. … Zack Smith transferred from Penn State Greater Allegheny. … Freshmen Tyler Swan, Tyler Dickey, Nick Idele and Davon Jones are expected to play key roles. … Colosimo expects 15 players on the roster. … WCCC has strengthened its schedule by adding Lakeland Community College.

Schedule: Nov. 2, at Pitt-Titusville; Nov. 8, WCCA Tip-Off Classic vs. Niagara CC; Nov. 9, WCCA Tip-Off Classic vs. Anne Arundel; Nov. 13, Garrett College (Md.); Nov. 16, at Prince George's Community College; Nov. 21, Penn State-DuBois; Nov. 23, Lakeland Community College; Nov. 26, at Lorain County Community College; Dec. 2, at Penn State Greater Allegheny; Dec. 7, at Allegany College of Maryland; Dec. 14-15, at Jamestown N.Y. Tournament; Jan. 8, CCAC-Boyce; Jan. 11, CCAC-Allegheny; Jan. 15, at Potomac State College; Jan. 18, Community College of Beaver County; Jan. 19, Lorain County Community College; Jan. 23, at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Jan. 25, at Montgomery College-Maryland; Jan. 27, CCAC-Boyce; Jan. 29, at CCAC-Allegheny; Feb. 1, at Butler County Community College; Feb. 3, Potomac State College; Feb. 5, at CC of Beaver County; Feb. 8, Pitt-Titusville; Feb. 10, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

Despite losing the team's leading scorer from the 2012-13 season, Westmoreland County Community College men's basketball coach Andrew Colosimo is excited about the new season.

Colosimo said one of the school's best recruiting classes and the return of Jordan Ruggiero (Hempfield) and Terrance McCoy (Brownsville) are reasons to be excited.

“I'm excited,” Colosimo said. “We've got a great group of players who are knowledgeable about the game, and we've strengthened the schedule.”

One big loss the team is dealing with is the graduation of leading scorer Andy Carter, who averaged 27 points per game.

WCCC was off to a good start in 2012-13, but a couple starters were forced to leave the team before the second semester.

“It's something you learn to deal with,” Colosimo said.

WCCC has powerful Lakeland Community College, Allegany County of Maryland, Montgomery College of Maryland and Lorain County Community College on the schedule. They also are playing in the Jamestown, N.Y. Tournament.

“We picked up some good teams that will test us early,” said Colosimo, in his fifth season. “We're going to have a lot of players competing for jobs.”

Zack Smith (Ringgold), who played at Penn State Greater Allegheny in 2012-13, transferred in. While some of the top freshmen are Nick Idele (Norwin), Tyler Swan (Greensburg Central Catholic), Tyler Dickey (Derry) and Davon Jones (Salisbury, Md.), Isaiah Dawson (Laurel Highlands) will join the team after the fall semester.

Westmoreland County Community College opens the season Nov. 2 at Pitt-Titusville.

The Wolfpack will host a Tip-Off tournament on Nov. 8 and will play Niagara Community College.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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