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Old 11-02-17, 09:55 AM
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Portsmouth Trojans 2017-2018

The Southeastern District's all time winningest program, the Portsmouth Trojans, return 3 starters from last season's 17-8 district semifinal team. 6-1 SR Reese Johnson, 6-2 SR Daniel Jordan, and 5-8 SR DJ Eley all come back to give the Trojans plenty of experience at key positions. In addition, PHS has added a transfer, 6-3 SR Isaac Kelly (QB in football). Kelly will compete with MyQuel McKinley, a 6-3 JR, for the 5 spot. 6-1 SOPH Matthew Fraulini looks to fill the scoring void left by the graduation of Portsmouth's 4th leading scorer in school history, Kendal Reynolds. Fraulini has a complete package of skills, and has a very athletic style to his game. Also battling for minutes will be 6-5 SR Gabe Gambill, 5-10 JR Daniel Lattimore, 6-0 JR Anthony Ferrara, 5-10 SR Deonta Parker, 6-5 JR Collin Boehm, 5-10 JR Aubrey Holley, and 6-2 JR Andrew Meadows.

Overall, the Trojans should have more size, muscle, and athleticism than last year's squad. Scoring ability should be adequate, especially with Fraulini's talents. Portsmouth has an excellent chance to at least match last year's win total, and also has the talent to advance to the regionals come March. In OVC play, Fairland is the obvious favorite, with its top 6 players back, but look for the Trojans to be very competitive and in the top 3 of what appears to be a very good league in 2017-2018. The OVC could put 3-4 teams in regional play, with Fairland and Gallia Academy in D2, Portsmouth, Ironton, and South Point in D3, and Coal Grove in D4. CG has all 5 starters back.

Eugene Collins begins his 9th year at PHS, with an overall record of 139-56, leading the Trojans to 2 Final 4's (2011 and 2012), a regional runnerup (2015), a district runnerup (2014), and 5 sectional titles. In this current decade from 2010--present, Portsmouth has the best tournament resume of any school in the SE district. It has the most recent win by a SE school in the Final 4, that being a 74-66 win over Ottawa-Glandorf in the 2012 state semifinals.

Portsmouth is not a program of the past, but cherishes the championships, banners, trophies, great players, and great teams from years gone by.

GO TROJANS 2017-2018!!

Last edited by trojandave; 11-06-17 at 06:37 PM.
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