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Square is back; Valley Christian poised for another run

Milan Square averaged 14 points per game last winter.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - Valley Christian is seeking their first back-to-back winning campaigns in six years. Last season, the Eagles finished with 15-wins and were 2-points shy of advancing to the Struthers District Final. Valley Christian was involved in 19 games decided by 10-points or less (10-9) which is quite remarkable being they had 23 outings. The Eagles will have Milan Square back and a number of other contributors from last season including Jordan Trowers and Melvin Neail.

 

At a Glance

Head Coach: Dolph Carroll

2017-18 Record: 15-8 

2017-18 Post-season: lost to East Canton in Struthers District Semifinal (52-50)

Key Losses

Emmanuel Armour (5.5 ppg)

Jamynk Jackson (12.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.7 spg)

Past 5-year Win Total: 42

Record against Top 10 opponents (since 2008): 1-9

Last Win against Top 10 opponent: def. #10 Warren JFK, 52-49, on January 20, 2017

 

Strengths

Coach Carroll points to the team speed and their defensive prowess as two strengths his Eagles possess entering the new season. Milan Square returns after a strong junior campaign which saw him average 14 points per game as well as hauling down 6.9 caroms and 2.3 assists. Jordan Trowers (8.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Melvin Neail (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg) will also be looked upon for leadership and to continue the success that the Eagles had a year ago.

Area of Concern 

A concern for the team will be rebounding. The loss of Emmanuel Armour, who grabbed 6.1 boards per game a year ago, won't help. Armour averaged 5.5 points as well. Jamynk Jackson (12.5 ppg, 3.2 apg) will be difficult to replace as well. Coach Carroll beefs up Valley Christian's non-conference schedule with matchups with McDonald (Jan. 19) and Hubbard (Feb. 19).

 

Schedule

Nov. 30 – vs East Canton (Lisbon Tip-Off Tournament)

Dec. 1 – Lisbon/Crestview (Lisbon Tip-Off Tournament)

Dec. 7 – at Mooney, 7:30

Dec. 11 – at Southeast, 7

Dec. 14 – Mogadore, 7

Dec. 18 – Crestwood, 7

Dec. 21 – at Lake Center Christian

Jan. 2 – Lisbon, 7

Jan. 4 – at Garrettsville Garfield, 7

Jan. 11 – at Rootstown, 7

Jan. 15 – Mooney, 7

Jan. 18 – Southeast, 7

Jan. 19 – McDonald, 7

Jan. 22 – at Lordstown, 7

Jan. 25 – at Mogadore, 7

Jan. 29 – at Crestwood, 7

Feb. 1 – Lake Center Christian, 7

Feb. 8 – Garrettsville Garfield, 7

Feb. 12 – at Warren JFK, 7:30

Feb. 15 – Rootstown, 7

Feb. 19 – Hubbard, 7


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