D&E opens season on Saturday

Senator roster and coaching staff features several Elkins High School products

Photo courtesy of Davis & Elkins College The 2018-19 Davis & Elkins College basketball team will open the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against defending Division II national champion Ferris State.

ELKINS — With two of last year’s top scorers back to the fold, Davis & Elkins College looks to make a move up the G-MAC standings this season.

Senior Edmund Parker and junior Trevor English both averaged in double figures for the Senators in the 2017-18 campaign.

Parker, a 6-foot-4 guard from Dayton, Ohio, hit for 11.6 points as a junior. He hauled in 4.7 rebounds, dished out 36 assists and collected 32 steals as well.

English, a 6-8, 250-pound center from Waldforf, Maryland, averaged 10.5 points and grabbed 4.2 caroms per outing last season. He tossed in a team-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in an exhibition loss at Radford on Tuesday night.

The Senators will have several new faces on this year’s roster but plenty of familiarity to the Elkins area.

Elkins native Nic Patella begins his fourth season as head coach. Patella was a standout for the Tigers before going on to play for John Beilein at West Virginia University.

During his tenure at D&E, Patella has coached several all-G-MAC performers, including the league’s Player of the Year, Kevin Bracy Davis, in 2016-17.

The Senators finished third in the conference that season — one of the best campaigns for the program over the past 36 years.

Another EHS product, Drew Pingley, is one of Patella’s assistant coaches.

The roster, meanwhile, also has a pair of former EHS standouts in senior Logan Phillips and sophomore guard Dalton Hamrick.

Phillips, a 6-3 guard, started 15 games as a junior, averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.

During his playing days at EHS, Phillips joined his current coach as one of a handful of Tiger players to score over 1,000 career points. He was a three-time all-conference selection and earned all-state honors on two different occasions.

Hamrick, a 6-1 guard, earned one start as a freshman and appeared in 23 games. He was also a Big 10 Conference second-team selection at EHS.

Parker and Phillips are the lone seniors for D&E, whose roster includes four freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and the two seniors.

Junior holdover Donte Doleman, who played for first-year EHS coach Amrit Rayfield at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Maryland, averaged 7.0 points with 32 assists and 21 steals last season.

Other players back with starting experience include 6-2 sophomore guard Emre Yildirim, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and 6-2 junior guard Tyler Twyman, who hails from Vinton, Ohio.

D&E, which was picked to finish 11th in the G-MAC preseason poll, will open regular-season play at home on Saturday when defending Division II national champion Ferris State visits the McDonnell Center for a 1 p.m. contest as part of the G-MAC-Great Lakes Challenge.

The Senators will remain home at 1 p.m. Sunday to battle Grand Valley State in the second game of the challenge.