Ryan Wydra @schoops1
With the AAU and Summer recruiting period coming to a close, many players have had the opportunity to work on their game. Some kids have already committed to their school of choice, while others are still working through the decision making process. This is a process that can be very challenging, and will certainly impact the next several years of their lives. It is not something that should ever be taken lightly.
Regardless, players have spent the Summer fine tuning their game. They are working on getting stronger, faster, and more skilled in different areas. It’s all about utilizing their strengths, and improving weaknesses to become better all around. After closing the AAU period and Maroon and White camp, NJSR took this time to look at five underclassmen who are all set to do great things in 2016!
JEN LOURO – ST ROSE FORWARD
After a very successful Sophomore season, forward Jen Louro is ready to take her game to the next level. Jenn got a lot of valuable experience playing with her sister Jess, and veteran guard Kat Phipps. They were able to lead St Rose to the Non Public B State Championship, and finish as the TOC Runner Up. Jen was very impressive in the playoffs, scoring and rebounding in double figures several times. The younger Louro also hit a key three point shot in the the fourth quarter of the TOC Final.
Jen has played against tough competition on the AAU circuit for her entire life. She spent the Summer with the Central Jersey Lightning, working with several of her St Rose teammates. Elizabeth Marsicano, Mikayla Markham, and Luciana Thomas were all a part of the team. The Roses will have some great chemistry going into the Winter. This year, Joe Whalen will count on Jen to provide a strong presence in the paint, and score when needed. Jen is more than ready to accept the challenge and will provide a spark for St. Rose in a major way.
COURTNEY DOBRZYNSKI – ST JOHN VIANNEY GUARD/FORWARD
After an injury to Emily Uribe, Courtney Dobrzynski found herself in the starting lineup for the 2014-15 season. Dobryzynski would step up to the challenge by contributing for the Lancers in a huge way. Dobrzynski played very strong defense throughout the year, and was matched up against some of the best players in the Shore. Courtney was able to show great maturity, and demonstrate excellent defensive mechanics during the SJV playoff run. However, many people did not know that Courtney is also a tremendous offensive player.
With three starters being away, Dobrzynski had a chance to show her offensive skills in the Maroon and White Camp. I had the opportunity to see this first hand as Courtney drove the ball in the lane, hit three after three, and also showed off her great passing ability. She also spent some time running the offense at the point guard position. Dobrzynski has grown 1-2 inches and looks much stronger and ready for a huge year. This will give SJV another weapon and will only add more fire to their offensive attack.
KATIE FOOS – RUMSON FAIR HAVEN FORWARD
Rumson Fair Haven not only has some of the greatest depth in the Shore, but possibly the state. There will be times when George Sourlis can go ten players deep and still be effective. One of the most underrated players on the RFH bench has to be Katie Foos. Foos has spent a lot of time working on her game this Summer. Playing with the Exodus Wildcats has been a great experience. Playing the best competition in the country can always go over a long way. Being able to work with players like Stella Clark, and the Masonius sisters can really help improve your game.
After watching Foos at the Maroon and White Camp, I was able to see how powerful she can be in the post position. Katie knows how to take advantage of her strength to put her team in a great position to win. Foos did a great job dominating the offensive and defensive glass. She also has very good shooting range for a post player. She has the ability to sink threes from anywhere on the court. With RFH having to replace three graduating starters, expect Foos to play a key role off the bench this year. She will give Coach Sourlis excellent production on both the offensive and defensive end.
ADDIE MASONIUS – MANASQUAN GUARD
Addie Masonius is the true definition of a gym rat. She has spent many years getting into the best shape of her life, and playing against the best competition in the country. The Exodus Wildcats coached by Ellen Clark Masonius will play anyone, anywhere, and anytime. Going back to the 2014 TOC Final when Manasquan faced Shabazz, it was Addie and her cousin Stella Clark, who went right after the D1 post players of Shabazz. This fearless type of defense comes from years of playing older teams on the AAU circuit.
This year Addie will have to provide more offense for Manasquan after an injury to Gillian Black. Addie will join the starting lineup and play with her cousins Stella, and Faith. The three of them already have great chemistry and will provide a nice scoring attack for the Warriors. Teams better think twice before double covering Dara Mabrey. If they decide to do this, Addie will certainly make them pay. Addie has always had excellent shooting range. She is going to knock down a lot of shots for Manasquan this year. Expect Addie to be a huge part of the Warriors success in 2016.
HAYLEY MOORE – RED BANK CATHOLIC GUARD
RBC is a team that is loaded at the guard position. They have many players who are talented in so many different ways. One player in particular who will do anything on the floor is Hayley Moore. Hayley may not be 6’0″, or even 5’9″, but she really has the heart of a champion.Many times you will see Moore defending bigger players, battling for rebounds, diving for loose balls. Moore really knows how to be around the ball at all times. She is also not afraid to take the big shot when needed. Last year, she received more and more playing time as the season went on.
I believe the sky is going to be the limit for her in 2016. She will have the opportunity to play a critical role defensively, and score when needed on offense. Moore definitely has D1 potential and is on her way to becoming something really special for the Caseys. RBC will need Haley to be on top of her game to make a serious run in the playoffs.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RFH PLAYERS STEPHANIE LESKO AND SYDNEY SABINO!
One thing is for sure, if a player is willing to put the time and hard work in, great things will happen. Dreams came true for two of the Shore’s best this week. Head Coach George Sourlis has to be very proud as two of his best players are moving on to play at the next level.
RFH forward Stephanie Lesko will take her talents to Bryant University to continue her basketball career. Lesko averaged nine points per game for RFH as a Junior. She played a huge role defensively in the paint for the Bulldogs. She is getting ready to enter this season as a Senior Captain. Lesko looked very sharp at the Maroon and White camp scoring and rebounding in double figures against a very good Middletown South team. It is always a great thing to see a player make a choice based on what will be the best fit. Lesko will have the opportunity to make an impact right away at Bryant.
Sydney Sabino officially committed to play for Coach Lisa Cermignano and the Wagner Seahawks. Wagner has been known for recruiting a lot of the Shore talent over the years. After enjoying a very successful Summer playing for Joe Whalen and the NJ Shoreshots, Sabino was able to showcase her shooting talent in a significant way. Sabino has spent many hours mastering her shooting range out on the court. If you don’t think Joe Whalen can get the best out of his shooters, look at how many threes Kat Phipps hit for St Rose this year!
After graduating four seniors, RFH will need Sydney to have a major role in 2016. Sydney willl be a big part of a deep guard rotation for the Bulldogs.This will be huge as RFH will look to make a serious run in Group II this year. Wagner is getting a player who can do a lot of different things on the court. Sydney can shoot, drive, and is fearless on the defensive end. She will provide headaches for a lot of opposing players. It will be quite the privilege to watch Sydney fulfill her dream at the next level. We look forward to covering RFH, and watching Sydney at the next level!
NJSR would like to wish both of these players the best of luck as they continue their basketball careers.