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After missing States for two straight years, the Weston High boys basketball team hopes to be back in the playoffs. Weston, which was 4-16 last year and 3-17 two years ago, is confident that it will play in the SWC and Class M tournaments, which it won in 2007 behind then-senior 6-10 center John Galvin, who is currently playing for Fairleigh Dickinson University.

"I'm very optimistic," said Trojan Coach Ryan Errico. "We had a very positive fall and the kids are working extremely hard and we're excited about the year."

Weston lost three All-SWC Honorable Mention players to graduation, sharpshooters and playmakers Charles Buffa and Sebastian Buffa, along with forward Peter Nielsen. The Trojans also miss power forward Josh Bombart and sharpshooters Sean Ledwick and Sam Baskin.

Working in Weston's favor is the return of seniors captains Dennis Levene and Andrew Baron. The 6-6 power forward Levene averaged eight points per game last year and as the go-to player, Errico wants him to average 15 ppg.

"The key is to get me touches because if I'm covered, I can kick it out to our shooters," said Levene.

Baron is a 6-4, 235-pound center who gives the Trojans muscle inside.

Senior Robbie Cordisco is a welcome addition to the team. Cordisco is an athletic 5-8 guard who started at quarterback for the football team and is a highly recruited lacrosse player who used to play basketball before high school and is working hard in practice.

"Having Robbie will help a lot," said Baron. "He's very athletic and was good in middle school."

Jeff Evanier a 6-0 forward and rounds out the senior class.

Juniors Cole Roseman, Justin Mettel and James Weitzman will make their presence felt on varsity as well. Roseman is a 6-3 forward who can score, rebound and is aggressive going to the basket. Mettel is a solid 5-11 shooter and is an athletic guard. Weitzman is a 5-8 reserve guard.

Two sophomores are on the team, 5-9 lefty point guard Max Molinsky and 6-3 forward-center Lyle Mitchell. Molinsky is an excellent ball handler and shooter and Errico expects him to help tremendously.

"We're going to be a different team this year because we have tough guys who can score," said Errico. "We'll work hard, compete every night and do our best. We hope to be in the postseason, making SWCs and States and we expect to be there."

Baron said, "We're really excited. We have high hopes for the season and we're working hard in practice. We hope to push the ball up the floor. We have a good starting cast and good depth."

Levene said, "We have to stay healthy and improve as the year goes on. We look good in practice and we're excited."