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Seton-La Salle squad bolstered by returning starters in 2012-13

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
South Hills Record
Mark Walsh, Seton-La Salle's second-year floor boss, is looking to point the Rebels in the direction of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs again this season. Randy Jarosz | For The South Hills Record

The Seton-La Salle boys' varsity basketball team finished with a 15-9 overall record in head coach Mark Walsh's first year at the helm.

The Rebels tied for third place in Section 3-AA with rival Brentwood, and went 1-1 in the WPIAL playoffs.

Walsh is optimistic about the Rebels' chances in the 2012-13 campaign, as he greeted an experienced group of returning players to preseason drills.

“This second year has been a true joy because we know the expectations are higher, and we are trying to feed off of that,” Walsh said. “Our guys also have a better understanding of their roles and what our expectations are for them on a daily basis.

“Our outlook is to compete for the section title, WPIAL title and state title every year.”

Three integral players on this year's team are seniors Eric Marasco, a 5-foot-10 guard; Forrest Kaib, a 6-2, forward; and Luke Brumbaugh, a 6-1 guard/forward who was the Rebels' starting quarterback the past two seasons.

“Eric Marsco was hurt all of last year; we have him back this year,” Walsh said.

The junior class dominates the Seton-La Salle roster, thanks to players such as Levi Masua, a 6-5 guard/forward; Malik White, a 6-4 center; Dale Clancy, a 5-8 guard; Dom DelGreco, a 5-9 guard; Tom Rizza, a 5-10 guard; and David Boehm, a 6-2 guard.

Clancy, DelGreco, Masua and White are returning starters. Clancy (12 ppg) and Masua (8 ppg) averaged 20 points per game between them last season.

Top sophomore prospects at the varsity level include Ryan Norkus, a 6-3 forward; and Christian DelGreco, a 5-9 guard.

“The strength of this year's team should be our depth and the amount of experience we have coming back,” Walsh said. “We can't wait to get started; this group has put in a tremendous amount of work since last Febraury when we were defeated in the playoffs.

“During the early part of the season we will continue to try to get better, and continue to learn our system, and continue to teach our system of how we think we can be successful.”

Seton-La Salle opens its 2012-13 schedule Friday against McKeesport in the Hempfield Shootout.

Monessen, last year's WPIAL Class AA runner-up, and Wilkinsburg secured first and second place in section play last season, followed by Seton-La Salle and Brentwood, Steel Valley, Bishop Canevin and South Allegheny.

The Rebels are in Section 4-AA this season, along with Brentwood and Bishop Canevin. They have been joined by Washington, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry and Burgettstown.

Washington was a playoff qualifier in Class AAA last year, while Chartiers-Houston and Fort Cherry advanced to the Class AA preliminary round.

“There will be some new teams in our section, but I gotta believe Washington and Brentwood will be the teams to beat,” Walsh said. “But we know the rest of the section (teams) will come to play every night.”

Seton-La Salle opens section play against Chartiers-Houston at home on Dec. 14.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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