Franklin Tech young, but ready
Franklin County Technical School will have to cope with the loss of 11 seniors from last year’s team.
The Eagles — who open their season tonight at 8 against Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the Eagles Holiday Classic tournament at Franklin Tech — went 13-7 during the regular season and finished fifth in the Tri-County League before being eliminated in the Western Mass. Division III first round by Smith Academy.
The 2012-13 team features a much different roster with the loss of three players that averaged over 9 points per game. That leaves the club with two seniors and one healthy junior on the roster this season, along with five sophomores and four freshmen.
Second-year head coach Rick Recore does return his leading scorer in senior point guard Jake Earl (15 ppg), who has scored over 200 points every season since his freshman year. Earl has scored 733 total points in his three-year career, leaving him 267 shy of the 1,000 mark.
The only returning player that scored any points last season is senior Gerald Richardson (57 points), who will play down low for the Eagles with solid rebounding and occasional scoring.
Recore’s squad suffered a huge blow when junior center Thomas Duffy suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during football season. That leaves the position up to Richardson or one of two sophomores in Brett Martin and Chris Wetherby — both of whom come from the Frontier basketball pipeline. Wetherby and fellow sophomore forward Brian Como both came to Franklin Tech after attending Frontier last year.
Recore, who used to coach at Frontier, said that he is thankful to have all the players with the Frontier background because he knows they learned from some of the best.
“I have a good base of players and they’re very skilled,” Recore said. “I appreciate everything that Marty Sanderson and Ben Barshefsky do down there. You get kids from that program and you know they know how to play basketball.”
Freshman Zack Korpiewski is the other reserve forward on the team and he should be a contributor this winter.
Joining Earl in the backcourt will be a slew of newcomers. Nate Boyer is the oldest of the bunch and the lone junior on the team, while sophomore Kyle Jarvis has tremendous upside and should make an impact this winter. Freshman Will Gregory, Alex McBurnie and Cal Daignault are also in the mix.
Despite having a green roster, Recore said he does not intend for this to be a rebuilding year.
“This year’s team will take some time to gel and develop,” he began. “They are trying to establish their own identity, but we have some strong senior leadership. Jake and Gerald have done a great job of mentoring the younger players, and I feel like the younger players are working hard. Our style won’t be as frantic or as fast this year, we will be more of what I like to call controlled chaos. And we have to be a very solid defensive team until we develop some scoring. But I think our scoring will be more spread out this year, and we will have some guys step up every single night.”