SPORTS PREVIEW




Omari Duncan returns as a First Team All-Saginaw Valley player for the Cavaliers.

Omari Duncan returns as a First Team All-Saginaw Valley player for the Cavaliers.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Coach: Jay Witham

Years: 4

Losses to graduation: Five

Key returning players: Ja’Kavien Lewis (SVL MVP, 12 pts. 4 assts.), O’Mari Duncan (First Team All-SVL, Honorable Mention All-State, 12 pts., 4 assts.), Michael Fletcher (Second Team All-SVL, 9 pts., 5 rbs.), Chad Pearson (Honorabe Mention All-SVL), Troy Brown (transfer from Northwestern), Arron Williams

“If we play the right way we should be tough, but we need to do the dirty stuff, i.e. good team defense, rebounding and playing together,” Witham said. – K.W.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coach: Lance Belill

Years: 2nd

Losses to graduation: Harmany Williams, Eriona Lee- Chambers, Chelsey Carpenter, Armani Maynie, Randi Richardson

Carman-Ainsworth’s Nakiya Earley contends with a Grand Blanc player last season.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Nakiya Earley contends with a Grand Blanc player last season.

Key returning athletes: Destiny Strother, So.; 5-foot- 8 shooting guard; Shakara Johnson, Sr., 6-foot center. Also returning: Nakiya Earley, Jr., guard; Lauryn Green, Sr., guard; Alaysia Fowlkes, Sr., guard/forward. Newcomers: Xeryia Tartt, Fr.; Chenelle King, Fr.; Jessiana Aaron, Fr.; Jasia Caldwell, So.; Bless Calhoun, Jr., forward; Taylor Collier, So., guard.

Strother averaged 15.8 points per-game last year as a freshman and has received an offer from the University of Detroit Mercy. She was First Team honorable mention in the Metro League last year. Johnson averaged 6. 2 points per-game and 9.2 rebounds.

Belill will have to see how the three freshmen fit into the starting lineup as the team reloads after graduating five starters. – L.P.


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