POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Seeded seventh, Poland advanced all the way to the District Final by defeating both Streetsboro (60-59) and Chardon (73-67) in overtime before falling to top-seeded Chaney (67-58) in the extra session.

Coach Eric Fender is back for his second season leading his alma mater. This time, he’ll have to find production from others without over 80% of their scoring punch from last year in Ross Dedo (21.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), Christian Colosimo (15 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.2 apg), Jack Fulton (8 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Michael Nittoli (2.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg).

“My hope is that my seniors will lead by example,” said Fender. “Help hold our team to a high standard. I always expect our players to come in, work hard every day and compete in practice and in the games. We have so many players that are having success in their fall sports seasons, that we’re just hoping to continue that trend in basketball.”

Poland welcomes back three starters – Carson Maurer (3.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Noah Huda (2.9 ppg) and Luke Generalovich (3.2 ppg). JP Genova (2.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg in 9 games) is back as well. Look for Jacob Allsopp, Derek Thomas, Danny Nittoli, Cole Fulton, Andrew Todd, Jacob Hayes, Nico Genova, Oliver McCully and Josh Macjako to all be looked at as key members of the team this year.

“If our guys buy into their roles we could be [a] very deep team,” added Fender. “We hope to compete for a league title and make a run at another district championship.”

Poland opens the season at home versus Howland on November 29.

Poland Bulldogs
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Eric Fender
2021-22 Record: 17-9 (11-3), 3rd place in Northeast 8
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Chaney (67-58) in overtime in District Final
Last 5-Years: 95-25 (79.2%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 56.2
Scoring Defense: 51.9
Rebounding: 28.7
Free Throw Percentage: 65.4%
Three-Point Percentage: 29.9%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Ross Dedo, 21.9
Rebounding: Ross Dedo, 7.1
Assists: Christian Colosimo, 3.2
Steals: Ross Dedo, 1.4
Free Throw Percentage: Noah Huda, 82.4%
Three-Point Percentage: Noah Huda, 45.5%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 29 – Howland
Dec. 2 – at Springfield
Dec. 6 – at Fitch
Dec. 9 – Lakeview
Dec. 10 – United Way Classic
Dec. 13 – at Jefferson
Dec. 16 – at Hubbard
Dec. 20 – at Niles
Dec. 23 – Canfield
Dec. 27 – Boardman
Jan. 6 – Struthers
Jan. 10 – South Range
Jan. 13 – at Girard
Jan. 17 – at Lakeview
Jan. 20 – Jefferson
Jan. 24 – Hubbard
Jan. 27 – Niles
Jan. 31 – at Struthers
Feb. 3 – at South Range
Feb. 7 – Girard
Feb. 10 – Chaney
Feb. 17 – at Canfield