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Will strong jayvee program be Central’s salvation?

Falcons’ roster will include 4 players moving up from 19-2 team year ago
Posted 2017-12-07 By Larry Beazley

    Central basketball coach Jeff Whittle may have found the fountain of youth.

    Whether it will help him turn around a faltering program is a question yet unanswered.

    Whittle’s Falcons will take to the court this season with four players from the school’s jayvee team that went 19-2 a year ago. Among them is 6-4 freshman Dominic Strother, who will be the Falcons’ starting center.

    Coach Whittle, though, won’t be forced to rely solely on youth.

    Returning is Luke Estep, a 6-3 senior forward who led the team in scoring and was first team all-Bull Run District last season.

    Also returning is 6-2 senior forward Sam Shifflett, a second team all-district selection last season.

    Transfer senior guard Varsey Bright returns after a season of play at Moorefield, WV. Bright is a threat on offense and defense with speed and an ability to drive to the basket

    Point guard playing time will be shared at the beginning of the season between junior Jared Patton and senior Mason Marston.

    Nine players from last year’s 11-13 team return to the roster this season. That team lost its first five games, but won 11 of the final eight.

    Others returning are forward Bryan Davis who is strong on the boards and can score in double digits.

    Zeb Dyer, a 6-2 forward who quarterbacked Central’s football team,  will play basketball, but will be sidelined for a month due to a sprained ACL.

    Senior forward Jared Rice, Junior guard Trent Williams Jr. and sophomore guard Noah Williams add depth and experience to the team.

    Besides Strother, junior varsity players moving up are forwards, Nicholous Houghton who was the leading rebounder on the jayvees last season, Andrew Jett, and Christian Spitler.

    Coach Whittle says the Falcons are “little behind pace due to so many players that also played on the football team,” which has limited full scale practices for the team.’’  He added “success in one sport can create problems for another.”

    The team’s performance in Saturday’s scrimmage against Broadway was better than expected, but Whittle said, “It will take a few weeks for everyone to get on track.”