2016-17 Jackson-Milton Boys’ Basketball Preview

The Blue Jays open the new season at Southeast.

Jackson Milton Blue Jays High School Basketball

2016-17 Jackson-Milton Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Steve Procopio, 1st season
2015-16 Record: 0-23 (0-10), 6th place in ITCL Blue

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Revisiting ITCL History
League Championships: 1 (2011-12)
Total League Record: 20-116 (14.7%)
Winning Seasons in League Play: 1 (2011-12)
Best League Record: 10-4 (2011-12)
Worst League Record: 0-14 (2006-07, 2007-08, & 2014-15) and 0-10 (2015-16)
First-Team All-League Selections: 2 (2009-10: Ben Carlile; 2011-12: Zack Nagy)

2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 36.5
Scoring Defense: 74.4

2015-16 Results
Lisbon 81 Blue Jays 40*
Mineral Ridge 78 Blue Jays 34
Southern 61 Blue Jays 50
Sebring 63 Blue Jays 26
McDonald 111 Blue Jays 35
Springfield 73 Blue Jays 24
Lowellville 70 Blue Jays 37
Wellsville 100 Blue Jays 34
Western Reserve 79 Blue Jays 31
Mathews 62 Blue Jays 44
Mineral Ridge 97 Blue Jays 30
Sebring 72 Blue Jays 37
Columbiana 81 Blue Jays 33
McDonald 97 Blue Jays 35
Lisbon 85 Blue Jays 38
South Range 65 Blue Jays 34
Lowellville 66 Blue Jays 50
Leetonia 60 Blue Jays 51
Western Reserve 65 Blue Jays 23
East Palestine 66 Blue Jays 33
United 69 Blue Jays 37
Heartland Christian 53 Blue Jays 45
Crestview 58 Blue Jays 39

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 2 – at Southeast, 7:30
Dec. 6 – at Crestview, 7:30
Dec. 9 – at Heartland Christian, 7:30
Dec. 10 – at United, 7:30
Dec. 13 – East Palestine, 7:30
Dec. 16 – at Western Reserve, 7:30
Dec. 20 – Leetonia, 7:30
Dec. 23 – at Lowellville, 7:30
Dec. 27 – South Range, 7:30
Jan. 3 – at Lisbon, 7:30
Jan. 6 – at McDonald, 7:30
Jan. 13 – Sebring, 7:30
Jan. 14 – Lordstown, 7:30
Jan. 20 – Mineral Ridge, 7:30
Jan. 24 – Columbiana, 7:30
Jan. 27 – Western Reserve, 7:30
Jan. 31 – at Southern, 7:30
Feb. 3 – Lowellville, 7:30
Feb. 7 – McDonald, 7:30
Feb. 10 – at Sebring, 7:30
Feb. 17 – at Mineral Ridge, 7:30

Key Returnees
Jackson-Milton returns a large group of seniors. Coach Procopio highlights seniors Braden Nagy, Eric Ostrowski and Clayton Maskarinec as keys to his teams success this winter. “We’ll rely heavily on those three,” says Procopio. “They’ll log plenty of minutes. They’ve put in the time. They’ve all displayed great work ethic. They’re our leaders. Nagy and Ostrowski can really fill it up. Clayton needs to get his touches.” The supporting cast has put in plenty of time also throughout the off-season. “This group has been playing together for a while so we expect big things from them. These guys have goals and want to turn the program around before they leave.”

The Blue Jays turn the program over to Steve Procopio, a former assistant at Warren JFK. He’ll try and change the culture from a team which went winless last year to a competitive bunch this season. “The main thing is not to beat ourselves,” says Procopio. “Controlling what you can control. Not to turn the ball over, stay in front of your man, get the loose balls and grab the rebounds. Those are things which we can control. We have a lot of numbers. On defense, we feel we pick can (play) full court. Offensively, we want to move the basketball. We’re excited but we know we have a lot of work ahead of ourselves. You can expect this team to be very hard working, dedicated and unselfish. We have talked every day about putting personal goals aside in order to achieve our team goals. These kids have shown they are capable of that and we believe that will translate into plenty of wins this upcoming season.”

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