Difficult act to follow

High school hoops will be fine without Stewart, Coleman

J-D, defending the Class A girls title, might turn up the offensive volume with Cydney Goodrum and Kayleigh Cavanaugh back and no one else as imposing to challenge them now that Brown is at Le Moyne.

Jenna Becker is gone, but everyone else on that tiny roster at Little Falls (which might be a bit larger this time) returns for reigning Class C champ Little Falls, with 6-5 Kirsten Dodge seizing the spotlight at Fabius-Pompey in Ray’s absence. It should be good in Class D, too, where Hamilton tries to get back the crown Oriskany took from them a season ago.

So fret not, intrepid Central New York basketball fan. You need not confine your love affair to those times the team in Orange hits the Carrier Dome hardwood.

For there are plenty of winter evenings, and plenty of rich and potentially richer storylines, that could unfold in the high school ranks in the three months ahead, even beyond what we’ve talked about here. That’s the charm of it all, for as much as we know from before, we never know what happens next.

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