Shawn Shreffler believes his 2017-18 edition of the Chambersburg boys basketball team has the experience, talent, athletic ability and size to compete with any opponent on its schedule.
What he’s looking for as the season progresses is whether the Trojans are up to the considerable challenge that schedule provides.
“Our competition creates challenges for us,” Shreffler said, “especially to the kids’ poise. The teams we play are very tough and athletic and we have to be able to play tough, too. But remaining poised is really important.”
Chambersburg opens its season in the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament vs. Waynesboro on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Greencastle-Antrim.
All five of the Trojans’ expected starters, as well as a couple of players on the bench, received plenty of playing time a year ago during a 13-9 season. So experience will not be lacking.
Guards Cade Brindle (sr., 6-foot-2) and Evan Shreffler (sr., 5-11) return for their third year of varsity play. They are joined by Seth Brouse (jr., 5-11) in the backcourt, while the forwards are junior Tyler Collier (6-8) and senior Joel Torres (6-6.
Shawn Shreffler said, “Tyler had a really good summer, and I think things are starting to come together for him. His confidence rose. Joel is really hard to guard — he has soft hands and is a good passer. He and Tyler have the ability to score both inside and outside.
“Evan will be more aggressive, looking to score more, which may open things up on offense. Seth and Cade are both very complete guards, and do a tremendous job on the wings on defense. Cade is a good, vocal leader, too.”
As usual, Shreffler is not shy about using his bench. He expects all 15 players on the roster to make contributions.
The second group includes Noah Beidel (sr., 5-10, “He can play all three spots”); Cota Heckman (sr., 6-0, “A good shooter with toughness”); Yianni Hronis (sr., 5-11, “He’s our energy kid”); Tyron Williams (sr., 6-2, “A very skilled offensive player”); and Will Harriger (sr., 6-3, “He can really shoot”).
Also in the mix are junior Ty Holsopple (6-3) and sophomores Keyshawn Jones (5-9), Aaron Maynard (6-1), Ethan Shreffler (5-11) and Terrell Williams (6-1).
“I think everybody’s in play to get playing time and contribute,” Shreffler said. “We look at matchups, and the time and score of the game.”
Last year’s Trojan team leaned toward the perimeter for its scoring, but this year Shreffler hopes to find more balance.
“We’re stronger in the interior this year,” he said. “If we can spread the floor and help the inside guys, and then if we can score inside, it will help the outside guys. We’re hoping to be more efficient on offense, get offensive rebounds and get teams in foul trouble.”
On defense, the Trojans will still play plenty of man-to-man, but Shreffler expects to use some zone defenses a little more than usual.
State College and Harrisburg appear to be the favorites in the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division, and CD East and Carlisle will also be tough hurdles for Chambersburg.
“Our first goal is to get better as the season goes on,” Shreffler said. “And then we shoot for a league championship, and a district championship and to make some headway in states.”
Those are certainly lofty goals, but Shreffler doesn’t think they’re out of reach.