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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!!

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Old 11-02-17, 10:05 AM
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Here is a summary of significant accomplishments of Portsmouth Trojans basketball:

8th in all time wins in Ohio (1,434--760) includes the 2017 season
3rd in state appearances (15)
Tied for 6th in state championships (4)
Tied for 5th in state championship game appearances (8)
3rd most state tournament games played (27)
All time state tournament record (16-11)
Tied for 3rd most state tournament wins (16)
Final 4 record (12-7)
Tied for 5th for most Final 4 wins (12)
2nd in number of decades making the state tournament (8)
8-1 in last 9 state semifinal games (8-3 record overall)
7-2 in last 9 regional final games (11-6 record overall)
17 times have advanced to at least the regional final
1st in SE district championships (37)
1st in SE sectional championships (64)
19 times have won at least 20 games in a season
44 times have won at least 15 games in a season
33 times have won at least 17 games in a season
79 winning seasons since 1913
14 league championships (various leagues, SEOAL, OKAC, OVC, GOL)

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Old 11-13-17, 06:23 PM
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Here is the Trojans' schedule for the 2017-2018 season:

12/2.......@Jones Academy(Toledo)
12/7.......Huntington St.Joe(WV) at PHS
12/9.......@Portsmouth West
12/12.....Coal Grove at PHS
12/15.....@South Point
12/20.....Western Pike at PHS
12/29.....Ohio Valley Christian at PHS
12/30.....New Hope at PHS
1/5........Chesapeake at PHS
1/9........Fairland at PHS
1/12......@Rock Hill
1/16......@Gallia Academy
1/23......@Coal Grove
1/26......South Point at PHS
2/6........Rock Hill at PHS
2/9........Gallia Academy at PHS
2/13......South Webster at PHS
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Old 11-16-17, 02:19 PM
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Good luck this season! Still in DIII?
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Old 11-16-17, 07:20 PM
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coachablekid: Still D3, and excited about hoops season. Should be another solid year for the Trojans, hopefully making a longer tourney run this time around.
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Old 11-17-17, 09:45 AM
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Best of luck this season Dave. Always enjoy your updates on the Trojans, one of the most historic programs in Ohio basketball.
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Old 11-21-17, 06:47 PM
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Thanks, 3out2in, I will do my best to keep everyone updated about the Trojans. Talked to Coach Collins just yesterday and he is excited about this year's team.
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