Northville – With every player on last season’s roster returning, the Northville boys’ basketball team has plenty of experience moving into a new campaign.
“We’ve got our whole team back,” Northville coach John Karbowski said. “All our teams are junior and senior, which may be the first time in my career.”
The previous season consisted of eight games between February 27 and March 13 for the Falcons.
Despite having a brief season due to COVID-19 protocols that limited Northville to a total of eight games against fellow Fulton County squads Johnstown, Gloversville, Mayfield and Broadbin-Perth, Karbowski said it was worth it.
“We were happy to give the kids some chance to play,” Karbovsky said.
Northville won just once in eight matches during the short season, but it returned all 12 players.
The group consists of seniors Cameron Sawyer, Dan van Nostrand and Wyatt Sira, along with juniors Garrett Shepard, JT Artikusi, Jacob Frank, Chase Mitchell, Lance Edwards, Liam Halloran, Landon Frazier, Andrew Cordone and Evan Tamulitis.
That experience is expected to pay dividends for the Falcons.
“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to fix things as soon as possible because our group is more experienced than usual,” Karbovsky said.
In their last full season in 2019-20, Northville led 13-9 on aggregate and 4-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Falcons reached the Section II Class D semifinals before losing to Argyle.
Karbowski said he looks forward to similar success this winter.
“If we stay healthy, we are hoping to be competitive in our league,” he said. “If we can do that, it will help us be able to score a run in the Class D tournament at the end of the season.”
Northville pulled up Johnstown in their first on-court action of the season on Tuesday, as the Falcons look for things to return to some semblance of normalcy.
“Things are as normal as possible and the kids are excited to be back there,” Karbovsky said. “We’re working hard for our first week or so of practice.”
After playing just eight games since March 2020, Karbovsky said he is looking forward to this season.
“We just want to see the kids play,” he said. “We are doing our best to keep them healthy and safe.”
Northville is set to travel to Heatley for its season opener, which takes place this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
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