Dirigo boys’ basketball preview


Overview: After getting knocked out in the regional semifinals each of the past two seasons, Dirigo welcomes back an experienced group that appears poised to challenge in a loaded Class C West race. Robinson is one of the best players in the state, regardless of class, having averaged more than 25 points per game as a sophomore. Frost dished out six assists per game and is a proven floor general. Hutchins is a dangerous outside shooter, and Arsenault is one of the best defensive players in the MVC. Magnusson felt that the team’s overall defense was an area of weakness in 2013-14 and has made improvement a point of emphasis. Dirigo will be as athletic as any team in the league and region. Another title run is a possibility.

Coach: Travis Magnusson (fourth year)

Last year’s record: 18-2, lost in Western C semifinal

Returning players: Seniors — Nick St. Germain (6-3 center), Tyler Frost (5-8 guard), Kaine Hutchins (6-2 forward), Joe Casey (5-10 guard), Cody Dolloff (5-8 guard); Juniors — Riley Robinson (6-2 forward), Gavin Arsenault (6-2 guard), Clay Swett (6-2 center), Seth Child (5-11 guard); Sophomore — Gavin Hebert (6-2 forward).

Key loss: Dylan Kidder (6-0 forward).

Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Vince Hebert (6-3 forward); Freshmen — Cooper Chiasson (5-11 forward), Cameron Turner (5-10 forward), Luke Lueders (5-7 guard).