2016-17 Ursuline Boys’ Basketball Preview

The Irish begin the season at home against Lake.

Ursuline Irish high school basketball

2016-17 Ursuline Boys’ Basketball Preview
Head Coach: Keith Gunther
2015-16 Record: 19-8

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2015-16 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 64.0
Scoring Defense: 53.6

2015-16 Results
St. Vincent-St. Mary 67 Irish 52*
Irish 73 Poland 61*
Irish 64 Canfield 62*
Irish 58 Lakeview 25*
Irish 74 Hubbard 42*
Harding 83 Irish 72
Irish 77 Campbell Memorial 42
Irish 51 Mooney 42
St. Thomas Aquinas 54 Irish 46
Irish 70 West Middlesex 44
Irish 82 Massillon 77
Irish 61 Canton Central Catholic 49
Irish 71 Spire Institute 53
Irish 76 East 53
Irish 80 Warren JFK 46
Garfield Heights 77 Irish 67
Irish 67 Mooney 58
Lake Catholic 57 Irish 54
Irish 74 North East 51
Berlin Hiland 46 Irish 41
Irish 67 Bishop Ready 48
Irish 69 New Day Academy 35
St. Vincent-St. Mary 61 Irish 42
Irish 66 Eastlake North 36
Lake 71 Irish 61
Irish 71 Hoban 67
Irish 43 Erie Cathedral Prep 40
*-Playoff game

2016-17 Schedule
Dec. 2 – Lake, 7
Dec. 3 – at Coventry, 7
Dec. 6 – Shaw, 7
Dec. 9 – St. Vincent-St. Mary, 7
Dec. 10 – at Fitch, 7
Dec. 17 – LeBron James Classic
Dec.18 – vs. Lutheran East (at Canton Central – Hoops with a Heart Classic)
Dec. 20 – Warren JFK, 7
Dec. 27 – vs. First Christian (Sharon Holiday Tournament)
Dec. 28 – Sharon Holiday Tournament
Jan. 3 – Lake Catholic, 7
Jan. 6 – at Mooney, 7:30
Jan.10 – at Campbell Memorial, 7
Jan. 14 – Mercy Medical Classic
Jan. 20 – East, 7
Jan. 24 – at Massillon, 7:30
Jan. 28 – Canton Central Catholic, 6:30
Jan. 31 – at St. Edward, 7:30
Feb. 3 – Mooney, 7
Feb. 7 – St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Feb. 10 – Cathedral Prep, 7
Feb. 14 – at Warren Harding, 7
Feb. 17 – at Perry, 7:30
Feb. 21 – at Hoban, 7:30

Key Returnees
The Irish lost three key players from last year’s District Championship group. Ursuline returns a strong senior class led by Vince Venzeio, Anthony Howell, Dakota Hobbs, Anise Algahmee, and Jordan Felleti. The team also will have Trace Leonard and Braijon Nuby, who are expected to play a key role this year also.

Outlook
It’ll be different without the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,410) – Greg Parella – around this season. Ursuline has won three consecutive District titles. Coach Keith Gunther indicates, “We’re planning on having another great year with a brutal schedule to prep us for our fourth district championship run in a row. The team had a great summer. The boys gelled great after losing those guys from a year ago.”

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