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Spartans Open With South Central

Story By: Jeff Alan



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After finishing the 2013-'14 basketball season at 12-10, 7-3 in the Mid Buckeye Conference, runner-up to Mansfield Christian, the Mansfield St.Peter's Spartans will open their season at home a week from Friday when they face South Central, a team they beat in overtime 63-61 a season ago. Last year, Sparty was under the guidance of veteran coach Pat Durham, but in March following the season Durham retired from coaching and St.Peter's was able to land former Madison All- Ohioan and Akron All- American Joe Jakubick.

Jakubick comes in after coaching varsity girls basketball at Akron St.Vincent-St.Marys, taking the Irish to the final four last season. The Spartans graduated only three seniors from last year and bring back seven players led by seniors Adam Blunk, Michael Berick and Richard Shaw. Also seeing varsity time a year ago were Ryan Payne, Anthony Mulherin and Bailey Dauterman. Jakubick says his team is still in the developing stages and must get better at both ends as the opener nears. Senior Adam Blunk believes the team is farther ahead of where they were a season ago, but must pick up the intensity. While opening night is exciting on it's own, for St.Peter's it's even more so with the first ball game being the school's homecoming on December 5th.

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