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Danny Nemitz shoots over Mike Miller at a recent practice.

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RICH COX PHOTOS / FOR THE VALLEY ADVANTAGE Tyler O’Connor shoots over Danny Nemitz at a recent practice.

Mike Abda is entering his 10th year as the head coach of the Mid Valley boys basketball team. He returns three starters in senior Mike Miller (6’6, center), Jordany Cardenas (5’9, guard) and junior Tyler O’Connor (6’2 guard).

The team finished 19-5 last season, making it to the District 2 Class 3A semifinals where it lost to Holy Redeemer.

The Spartans lost six seniors from last year’s roster, including Lackawanna Division III all-stars Shane Rosencrans and Colin Hazelton. The arrival of freshmen guards Danny Nemitz (6’0) and Mason O’ Malley (5’5), however, could soften the blow.

“How well we adapt to new roles and how hard we work on the defense end of the court will be major factors in determining our success,” said Abda. “Our goals are the same each year. ... to win a league title, district title and get to the state tournament.”

Mid Valley opens the season against Montrose on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Meet the Spartans

Head Coach: Mike Abda - 10th season - record of 178-60

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

2018-19 Record: 19-5

Key players lost: Shane Rosencrans, Colin Hazelton, Vinny Talluto, Brendan Kucharski, Craig Mercanti, Mark Longo

Returning starters: Mike Miller, 6’6, senior, center; Tyler O’Connor, 6’2, junior, guard; Jordany Cardenas, 5’9, guard.

New and returning players: Freshmen Danny Nemitz (6’ point guard), Mason O’ Malley (5’5 guard); sophomores Cameron Riccardo (5’10 guard), (Josh Angelo 6’1 forward); juniors Ryan Evans (6’ guard), Jeremiah Wolo (6’0 guard), Christian Riccardo (5’9 guard), Tyler Angelo (6’0 forward) and Derek Rivera (5’10 guard); seniors Sam Borgacci (5’10 guard), Kyle Gerek (6’1 forward) and Austin Zbach (5’10 guard).

Team strengths: The return of starters Mike Miller, Tyler O’Connor and Jordany Cardenas. Freshman point guard Danny Nemitz will work hard to be one of the best in the area.

Team weaknesses: The team lost six seniors from last season. The players will need to accept new roles and responsibilities.