KEYSER - Head Coach Shawn White posted another strong basketball season in 2011 as his Potomac State College of WVU Catamounts materialized a 16-13 mark against a challenging schedule. This season, only three players return from that roster as 10 of the current 13 players are freshmen.
Keyser native White enters his seventh season as head coach, and has done a good job of returning the program to regional prominence. He took a 6-16 team in 2006, and improved the team to a strong 17-8 season by 2008.
Last season's squad advanced to the semifinals of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC), and later was ousted by Hagerstown in the XX Region of the National Junior College Tournament.
White is completely revamping his inside game as all three returnees are in the backcourt. The returning players include Ishmail Sesay (6-1, G, Soph., Woodbridge, Va.), Carlton Johnson (6-1, Soph, G, Woodbridge, Va.) and Aaron Penny (5-9, So-ph., G, Baltimore, Md.).
Of the 10 newcomers to the squad, four are arriving from in state. This group includes Carlton Drake (5-11, G, Fr., Morgantown), Mark Jones (5-11, Fr., G, Martinsburg), Kwanis Hayes (6-1, Fr. G, Huntington) and Peyton Hartman (6-7, Fr., F, Keyser). Hartman is a very athletic hometown product who helped lead Keyser High School to the Class semifinals last winter, and is also a two-time all-state high jumper.
White's group has been impressive during the first week of games.
To date, they are 4-1 with wins over Howard Community College, Montgomery College-Germantown, Garrett Community College and CCBC-Dundalk. Even more impressive has been the high-scoring totals White's squad has been recording.
Through the first five games, the running game has produced points at a 93.0 average per game.
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KEYSER - Veteran head coach Jim Walton had another stellar season in 2011 with his Potomac State Catamounts. His ladies rolled to a strong 23-4 mark and earned a string of accolades along the way.
In February they captured another Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) title, and followed that with a PCAA title the next week. This advanced the squad to the XX Region of the National Junior College Tournament where they were upended by rival Allegany of Maryland 63-55.
Six players return to the roster this season who either started or saw significant playing time last season on Walton's current 14-player unit.
This group is led by Ashley Hines (5-7, Soph., F, Newark, N.J.), who averaged 12.9 points per game. She is joined by Chanel Santana (5-6, Soph. G, Woodbridge, Va.) at 6.4 ppg, Ruth Wheeler (5-5, Soph. G, Frederick, Md.) at 3.9 ppg, Jessica Francis (5-10, Soph., F, Nassau, BH) at 3.2 ppg, Courtney Dolly (5-10, Soph., F) at 2.3 ppg and Jordan McKenzie (6-0, Soph., C, Hurricane) at 1.3 ppg.
Potomac State opened its season earlier this month, and they have already posted three games on the 2012 docket.
Walton's troops recorded wins over Howard Community College and Erie Community College en route to an early 2-1 record.
Potomac State's next home game is Dec. 5 against key regional foe Allegany.