• STEPINAC — Another defending champ trying to limit expectations is Stepinac. The Crusaders finished third in their league but a strong schedule and even stronger team defense propelled them on a late-season run. It ended in the program’s first CHSAA A division championship since 1993.
Still, the league is so deep, and clearly Iona Prep’s postseason failings last season are an example of that. So even though Stepinac returns Conroy Baltimore and James Chillemi (left), it hasn’t thought very far ahead. That said, the Crusaders have plenty of reasons for optimism. Mahopac transfers Austin Taps and Tyler Iacuone sat out last season but will be impact players immediately. Taps is a rugged and skilled forward. Iacuone and sophomore Josh James also add a new element this year: solid point guard play. That should add to the basketball IQ of a team that didn’t feature a true point guard, said Tim Philp, the reigning coach of the year on this side of the river.
• OVERVIEWS — The preview also takes a look at the top teams in Westchester/Putnam and Rockland. I also ask and answer three questions that you should be asking on each side of the river.
• SUPER 7 — And, of course, it includes a look at the Super 7, which many of you nailed spot on. They are:
Conroy Baltimore, Stepinac
Davonne Henry, Woodlands
Jabarie Hinds, Mount Vernon
Jordan Moody, Yorktown
Pat Peterson, Tappan Zee
P.J. Torres, New Rochelle
Matt Townsend, Horace Greeley