STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Struthers won their third straight Northeast 8 championship a year ago. Over those three seasons, the Wildcats have accumulated 36 wins in their past forty league matchups.

With only two starters returning – Chance Laczko (8 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Nick DelGratta (16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 spg) – coach Michael Wernicki’s bunch will be inexperienced. “We’re very young but my hope is we can finish in the top half of the [conference] and continue to get better throughout the season.”

Struthers must replace Ronnie Leonard (15.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg) as well as Sal Shaffer (11.2 ppg, 8 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and Dante Collarossi (10.5 ppg).

The team will also feature Rocco Garchar (2.5 ppg), Austin McCullough and Andrew Kopnicky. However, Laczko and DelGratta will be asked to lead the bunch. “Chance has the possibility of being a First-Team All-League player, as he is in baseball and golf. He’s our starting point guard and one of the best on ball-defenders. He’s a high-academic kid. Nick should compete for the Northeast 8 Player of the Year. He was our primary defender and guard the oppositions best player regardless of position.”

As a junior, DelGratta was named to the First-Team All-League.

The Wildcats begin their season on December 3 with a road trip to Warren Harding.

Struthers Wildcats
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Michael Wernicki
2021-22 Record: 17-7 (12-2), T-1st place in Northeast 8
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Howland (55-50) in Sectional Final
Last 5 Years: 88-36 (71.0%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 64.1
Scoring Defense: 56.6

2021-22 Individual Statistical Leaders
Scoring: Nick DelGratta, 16.3
Rebounding: Ronnie Leonard, 8.2
Assists: Chance Laczko, 3.3
Steals: Nick DelGratta, 2.2
Blocks: Sal Shaffer, 2.1
Three-Point Percentage: Dante Collarossi, 46.7%

2022-23 Schedule
Dec. 3 – at Harding
Dec. 9 – South Range
Dec. 10 – Western Reserve
Dec. 13 – at Girard
Dec. 16 – at Niles
Dec. 20 – Hubbard
Dec. 22 – East Palestine
Dec. 28 – at Harbor Creek Holiday Classic
Dec. 29 – at Harbor Creek Holiday Classic
Jan. 6 – at Poland
Jan. 10 – Lakeview
Jan. 13 – Jefferson
Jan. 17 – at South Range
Jan. 20 – Girard
Jan. 24 – Niles
Jan. 27 – at Hubbard
Jan. 31 – Poland
Feb. 3 – at Lakeview
Feb. 7 – at Jefferson
Feb. 10 – Columbiana
Feb. 14 – Campbell Memorial
Feb. 17 – McDonald