BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Bristol will look to a solid collection of returning underclassmen to carry the group into the new season. From last year’s 17-win team, the Panthers will be without four seniors who graduated that includes Nick Church (15.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Hadyn Mahan (4.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 4.7 rpg) as well as Jonny Stephens (6.0 ppg) and Garrett Roach (3.7 ppg).

Coach Craig Giesy, who’s beginning his 12th season at the helm, points out, “The key to our success will depend on how fast this young group meshes together to play as a single unit and settle into their roles on the team. We’re carving out new roles for the incoming players [who will be getting] their shot at the varsity level.”

The Panthers return junior Mikey Burbach (17.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg) and a trio of sophomores in Trevor Mendenhall (7.6 ppg), Kaiden Kohler (5.8 ppg) and Croc Thorp (2.2 ppg). The team also will have Jayden Miller, Jack Berry and Zach Caldwell step into larger roles this year.

“Mikey [Burbach] is our leading scorer and rebounder [from last year],” states coach Giesy. “He’s a two-year starter. Croc Thorp, Kaiden Kohler and Trevor Mendenhall look to build off their freshmen campaigns. Jayden Miller and Jack Berry will be counted on for huge minutes at the varsity level against some of the best talent in the valley.”

Bristol opens the 2022-23 season on November 29 against McDonald.

Bristol Panthers
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Craig Giesy
2021-22 Record: 17-7 (14-2), 2nd place in NEC
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Mathews in District Semifinal
Last 5-Years: 92-25 (78.6%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 56.3
Scoring Defense: 49.6
Rebounding: 27.5
Free Throw Percentage: 69.6%
Three-Point Percentage: 27.8%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Mikey Burbach, 17.9
Rebounding: Mikey Burbach, 10.0
Assists: Hadyn Mahan, 4.7
Steals: Hadyn Mahan, 2.5
Free Throw Percentage: Kaiden Kohler, 72.7%
Three-Point Percentage: Croc Thorp, 47.4%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 29 – McDonald
Dec. 3 – at Garfield
Dec. 6 – at Southington
Dec. 9 – Lowellville
Dec. 10 – St. John
Dec. 13 – at Badger
Dec. 20 – Warren JFK
Dec. 29 – Champion
Jan. 6 – Lordstown
Jan. 10 – at Windham
Jan. 13 – Maplewood
Jan. 14 – Cuyahoga Heights
Jan. 17 – at Pymatuning Valley
Jan. 20 – Fairport Harding
Jan. 24 – at Mathews
Jan. 27 – Southington
Jan. 31 – at St. John
Feb. 3 – Windham
Feb. 7 – at Lordstown
Feb. 10 – TBA
Feb. 14 – LaBrae
Feb. 17 – Ursuline