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Chargers head coach Landom Gabriel watches Raymond Ofner take a jump shot during practice.

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RICH COX PHOTOS / FOR THE VALLEY ADVANTAGE Jaheim Brooker shoots a layup.

The Carbondale Area Chargers, led by head coach Landon Gabriel, have a solid front court with big men Raymond Ofner and Jaheim Brooker returning to the starting lineup.

The guards however, are young and inexperienced. Carbondale Area will rely on the inside play of Ofner and Brooker while the guards are being developed.

“We’ll play to our strengths of inside play throughout the season while developing our young guards,” said Gabriel. “We expect to compete every night.”

Carbondale Area opens the season at Elk Lake on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:15 p.m.

Meet the Chargers

Head Coach: Landon Gabriel

Conference: Lackawanna League Div. III, PIAA D2 3A

Previous Record: 12-11 Overall, 6-6 Conference

Key players lost: Pat Durkin, Keegan Durkin, Jeffrey Katchmore, and Mike Zazzera

Returning Starters: Juniors Jaheim Brooker (6’4 center) and Raymond Ofner (6’2 forward).

New and returning players: Seniors Jesse Miller (5’10 guard), Liam Fox-Newcomb (5’9), Jayden Hayner (6’2 forward).

Team strengths: Juniors Raymond Ofner (6’2 forward) and Jaheim Brooker (6’4 center) bring size and experience to the team.

Team weaknesses: The young guards are talented, but lack experience.

Outlook/goals for 2019-20 season: The Chargers will develop their young guards throughout the season while playing to their strengths with tough and aggressive inside play.