Octorara Boys Begin 2016-2017 Basketball Season

Octorara Boys Begin 2016-2017 Basketball Season
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1-2-3 team! Coach Lambert prepares team for battle.

     Braves Begin 2016-17 Campaign

              By Jack Mariano

In August, fourteen year coach Gene Lambert found out that his star player, Christian Ray, Chester County’s leading scorer a year ago, was transferring out to a private school.  Lambert told us “we’ll have to go with what we have”.  Coach Lambert, the longest tenured basketball coach in the Chesmont League knows his opponents and knows his own team.  Last week in an email, Coach said “we are small, but we will be quick.” On Saturday, the team held it’s own against a larger Avon Grove squad and the Braves were lacking heir apparent to Ray, Dom London, who was on Thanksgiving vacation with his family.  Assisting Coach Lambert this year are JV Coach Jason Ralston, Keith Lambert, Chris Henley and Tim Kauffman.

Octorara prepares for its next to last season in the Chesmont League (the Braves will move to the Lancaster-Lebanon League beginning in the 2018 school year).  Aside from the returning London, Jamonti Mayo (2nd team All Chesmont – American) and Joe Meyer, all captains on this year’s squad bring some experience.  Joined by (4th captain) Gary Grove, the Red and Blue hardwood mates will battle their traditional CM American foes: Unionville; Kennett; Oxford; West Chester Rustin; Sun Valley and Great Valley. The season begins with a tournament held at Octorara on the weekend of December 9th and 10th featuring the Braves, Church Farm School, Downingtown West and Lancaster County’s Warwick High School. An interesting matchup between Octorara and Philadelphia’s Father Judge High School take place at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, PA on December 17th.  The locals travel to Shippensburg for the Holiday Tournament on December 28th and 29th along with a trip to Reading’s Geigle Complex to face off with Berks Catholic on Saturday, January 28.  Yes, there is a game scheduled with perennial Chesmont League Leader Coatesville Red Raiders on Saturday January 14th at Octorara.  The entire schedule is posted below:

Weekday Date Time Sport Opponent Type
 Saturday 11/26/2016 9:30 AM JV/Varsity Avon Grove SCRIMMAGE
Tuesday 12/6/2016 5:00 PM JV/Varsity @Owen J. Roberts SCRIMMAGE
Friday 12/9/2016 4:00 PM Varsity Church Farm @ Home TOURNAMENT
Saturday 12/10/2016 6/7:30 PM Varsity  Downingtown West/Warwick @ Octorara TOURNAMENT
Monday 12/12/2016 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  Phoenixville GAME
Thursday 12/15/2016 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  Chichester GAME
Saturday 12/17/2016 2:15 PM Varsity Father Judge @ Archbishop Wood GAME
Tuesday 12/20/2016 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity Unionville GAME
Thursday 12/22/2016 4:15PM JV/Varsity  @ West Chester Rustin GAME
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Wednesday 12/28/2016 6:00 PM Varsity Susquehanna Township @ Shippensburg Tournament TOURNAMENT
Thursday 12/29/2016 6:00/7:30 PM Varsity @ Shippensburg Tournament TOURNAMENT
Thursday 1/5/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  @ Great Valley GAME
Tuesday 1/10/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity @ Oxford GAME
Thursday 1/12/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  Kennett GAME
Saturday 1/14/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  Coatesville GAME
Tuesday 1/17/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  @ Sun Valley GAME
Saturday 1/21/2017 1/2:15 PM JV/Varsity West Chester East GAME
Tuesday 1/24/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity @ Unionville GAME
Thursday 1/26/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity West Chester Rustin GAME
Saturday 1/28/2017 4:00 PM Varsity  @ Geigle Complex, Reading PA vs. Berks Catholic GAME
Tuesday 1/31/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity Great Valley GAME
Thursday 2/2/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity  Oxford GAME
Tuesday 2/7/2017 67:15 PM JV/Varsity @ Kennett GAME
Thursday 2/9/2017 6/7:15 PM JV/Varsity Sun Valley GAME
Octorara Lady Braves 2016-17 Basketball Schedule →

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