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BC returns a mostly new squad of players

Bethlehem Catholic is coming off a championship winter from a year ago, but they’ll have to find some new answers this season if they want to defend their District 11 4A crown.

Coming off a 21-7 season that saw the Hawks make a run to the PIAA quarterfinals, Becahi loses the bulk of their roster from last season.

Head coach Scott McClary enters his fifth year at the helm of the program looking to find out who can fill those holes from last year.

“We are extremely inexperienced as we lost eight of our top 10 players,” said McClary. “While we do have a three-year starter at point guard, every other player will be playing varsity for first time in a significant role. Our schedule is tough early on, so we expect some growing pains. Hoping that we can stick together, see the long term vision, and finish the year as a strong team in the playoffs that nobody wants to play.”

Senior Alex Cercado is the lone returning starter coming back for the Hawks at point guard, as he’ll have to shoulder the leadership role for the team.

Other players that McClary expects to see major minutes include Nate Mullaney (senior, shooting guard), Aidan Rompilla, (senior, shooting guard) and Josh Brown (junior, forward).

Newcomers are Marcus Drysdale (freshman, wing), Josh Benka-Coker (freshman, forward) and Isaiah Hodge (junior, forward).

The Hawks open the season this Friday against Pocono Mountain West in the opener of the Jeff Dailey Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame Green Pond.

Press file photo Alex Cercado is the lone returning player.