Schalmont won the battle of undefeated Colonial Council boys basketball teams with a 72-58 victory over Watervliet Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Shane O’Dell poured in 34 points, and LJ Randle contributed 23 points for the Sabres, who outscored Watervliet 41-25 in the second half to pull away. Messiah Mallory had 19 points, and J.J. Chestnut chipped in with 17 points for Watervliet.
Newcomers: Tucker Farnum (wide receiver), Danny Veley (center), Jacob Dafeldecker (wide receiver), Jeff Crooks (linebacker), Willim Madgziuk (defensive end), Isiah Gerhardt (wide receiver/defensive back)
Outlook: The Bulldogs lost key cogs on the line with the graduation of Dahl (first team Reinfurt Division defensive end, third team All-State) and Kubat (second team Reinfurt Division), along with VanDerWerken (first team all-purpose player) and Strang (first team defensive back). However, they have a strong group of returning skill position players on offense.
“We [have to] focus on the future while building on last season, where ego is in check and we accept our role[s],” said Hantho. “The offensive line jells, and we stay healthy. We grasp offensive and defensive changes quickly.”