Mohigan Journal &Mac246; The 2002-03 Season in Review
By Johnny Mo Higan

December 2002 &Mac246; It looks like a long uphill battle is head for the

Dominion Post, 12/06/02 -- "I am hoping he (Law) can score 12 to 15
points a game. He is much more of a shot blocker than everyone we have
had in the past. Big guys tend to rely on their size instead of their
footwork, but he has been working on that." ... "If good things befall
him it will be for a reason. You get what you earn," [Coach Tom] Yester
said. "What he could do is be one of the better big kids in the area in
terms of physical skill. He is thin and isn't as strong as we would
like. It will depend on how much banging he can take and still be
effective. If he has a good shooting year, he will be pretty hard to

"A Peak Inside Tryouts," Dominion Post, 12/10/02 -- MHS coach Tom Yester
wasted little time in handing out a hard dose of reality. "We have four
or five kids on the football team that are going to take up some spots,"
Yester said. "I don't see too many guys here that are going to beat out
Geremy Rodamer. If there is, believe me, that would make me happy. Seth
Fogarty? Forget about it, you're not going to beat him out."

Mohigan Journal, 12/15/02 -- The Varsity scrimmage didn't go well
yesterday as the varsity is down 4 of its top 7 players and there were
times when we didn't have a guard on the floor. Geremy [Rodamer] is
still not ready, Tim [Williams] has an injury in his shin, Seth
[Fogarty] reinjured his shoulder and Dan [Dalton] will be out for some
time. We will have to piece together a team in the mean time.

"Boys' season 'a work in progress," Dominion Post, 12/17/02 --
Morgantown returns one starter, but adds 6-foot-6 Kameron Law and other
talent. If the Mohigans capitalize on their height and depth, they
should be a solid team. ... Starting point-guard Geremy Rodamer is
suffering from elbow and shoulder injuries from football while back-up
Daniel Dalton broke his kneecap in a car accident. "Seth Fogarty and
Chad Murray will probably share the position until we can get those two
back," Yester said. "I am very concerned about this. The point guard
position is the leader." ... Matt Simpson, who stands at 6-foot-2, will
add to Morgantown's height and aggressiveness. Tyler Benson, [Chad]
Murray, and Law will be the primary shooting force for the Mohigans, who
plan to run teams down physically.

"Makeshift MHS pulls away from Preston, Minus 2 starters, Mohigans
escape early hole, 61-34," Dominion Post, 12/18/02 -- A makeshift
Mohigans lineup made up of call-ups from the junior varsity squad and
regulars playing out of position was enough to dominate the Knights,
61-34, in the season-openers for both teams. "We've got guys banged up
and others playing in positions they shouldn't," said MHS guard Tyler
Benson, who led the Mohigans with 13 points. "Basically, we're just
trying to pick up the pieces and fill in holes until everyone gets
back." ... "We were rusty tonight," MHS coach Tom Yester said. "It took
us a while before we could get thing going. A lot of that credit goes to
the job Preston was doing, but also some of it is credited with the fact
that we had some kids out there who were nervous and weren't used to
being out there." Benson got the Mohigans (1-0) going with three
consecutive 3-pointers. "Benson kept us in the game early," Yester said.

"MHS buzzes back but Bees net OT win," Dominion Post, 12/20/02 -- MHS
trailed East Fairmont by nine points entering the fourth quarter and by
10 with less than seven minutes left, but tied the game on a Vito
Minutelli basket with 28 seconds left in regulation. ... the Mohigans
turned over the ball on five of their first seven overtime possessions,
and Kameron Law's shooting foul on East Fairmont's Rusty Conner with 0.6
seconds to play gave the Bees a 77-76 victory Thursday. ... "We had 23
turnovers, and that's the difference in the game," MHS head coach Tom
Yester said. "We're having a hard time taking care of the ball, and
that's where we miss having our full complement of guards because our
guards were the ones turning it over." [High scorer: Law, 19 pts]

„Wild, wild Westland rally stuns Morgantown, 54-52," Dominion Post,
12/28/02 -- The game could have been history had the Mohigans, who led
by 13 points at intermission, taken better care of the ball. MHS
finished with 22 turnovers and only 11 assists. The Mohigans turned the
ball over three times in the final minute as Westland staged one of the
more remarkable comebacks of this or any other season. ... "Last year we
were making 10-12 turnovers a game," [Coach Tom] Yester said. "We're
making 20 a game now. That's pathetic. We can't beat anybody making 20
turnovers. That's 20 shots we don't get. You can't win if you don't get
shots. You're not giving yourself a chance." [High scorer: Law, 14

„Coaches Against Cancer Holiday Tournament -- This time Mohigans boys
hang on, 81-78." Dominion Post, 12/29/02 -- "It was a real big win,"
said [Tim] Williams, who contributed seven points off the bench. "We
lost our past two games. We thought we needed to come out here and get a
win and get some momentum. It's a whole new year starting soon. We can
put this behind us and get right into it." ... Seth Fogarty paced the
Mohigans with 20 points. Ben Torsney, who started at center, pumped in
17 points. Tyler Benson had 16 points, while Law added 11.

Mohigan Journal, "The Pieces are Here," 12/29/02 -- The pieces are here
but that is exactly what they are right now, pieces. We should be 4-0
right now but instead we are 2-2 and have learned some valuable lessons
that could pay big dividends later in the season. We have outplayed
every opponent so far until we get to the the last 2 minutes. For some
reason the players are committing uncharacteristic mental errors.

The CAC Holiday Tournament was the wake-up call needed by the Mohigans.
The new year brings out the best in our players, as they become one of
the most exciting teams to watch. Offense and defense improve vastly,
and they climb in the State rankings. Tomorrow ... review of January&Mac226;s