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Penns Valley boys’ basketball enters season without key starters

Andrew Tobias, left, is Penns Valley’s lone returning starter. Jack Mangene, right, is expected to be a key contributor for St. Joseph’s this season.
Andrew Tobias, left, is Penns Valley’s lone returning starter. Jack Mangene, right, is expected to be a key contributor for St. Joseph’s this season. cweddle@centredaily.com

Penns Valley will be relying on a new group of contributors to continue its streak of 20 straight winning seasons.

The Rams lost four starters from a team that finished with a 20-6 record and earned the program’s first-ever PIAA tournament victory a year ago. In the last few seasons, coach Terry Glunt knew what he had going into early December, but he said this team’s rotation could change from game to game.

“We got a blank canvas and we’re going to see how the paint’s going to turn out,” Glunt said.

Logan Pearce and 6-foot-7 center Zach Engle were both first-team Mountain League selections, and Ben Alexander was a second-team pick. Chase Collison rounded out the four seniors who started during Penns Valley’s run to the second round of the PIAA tournament.

The Rams beat Kane in the first round to earn the program’s first state playoff victory.

Andrew Tobias is the lone returning starter.

Glunt said practice will dictate who plays each night and added that it will be a challenge to extend the program’s streak of winning seasons.

But he’s looking forward to seeing this team grow and develop throughout the season.

“It’s fun, but it’s more stressful,” Glunt said. “When you had the team I had last year, stress wasn’t a word that came into play that often.”

Ryne Gery: 814-231-4679, @rgery

Penns Valley

Coach: Terry Glunt

Assistant coaches: Bob Sealy, Robert Sauerwein, Troy Kauffman

Last year: 20-6

Key losses: Logan Pearce, Zach Engle, Ben Alexander, Chase Collison

Returning letterwinners: Andrew Tobias, Luke Snyder, Keith Butts, and Braden Stodart

Key newcomers: Jared Kines, Aaron Tobias, Logan Snyder, Cameron Shafer, Cole Breon, Matthew Tobias, Marcus Woodford, Charlie Romig, Garrett Fleck, and Nic Kubalak

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