Sugarcreek Garaway early favorite in Inter-Valley Conference race

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Sugarcreek Garaway Basketball
Sugarcreek Garaway is expecting big things coming off a (20-3) campaign
that ended in a district semifinal loss to Beverly Fort Frye, 53-49. Why? Head coach Dave Shutt’s Pirates have arguably the best backcourt
in the district returning along with a fabulous freshman on the
interior. Garaway will be a front runner for the Inter-Valley Conference championship along with Malvern and a young Hiland squad.


Sugarcreek Garaway is expecting big things coming off a (20-3) campaign that ended in a district semifinal loss to Beverly Fort Frye, 53-49.

Why? Head coach Dave Shutt’s Pirates have arguably the best backcourt in the district returning along with a fabulous freshman on the interior.

Garaway will be a front runner for the Inter-Valley Conference championship along with Malvern and a young Hiland squad.

The Pirates success will rest in the hands of the Tyler and Chase show. Seniors Tyler Gerber and Chase Stingel return as one of the best guard tandems around.

Gerber (5’10), who has been playing since his freshman year, was a second Team All-Ohio performer last year averaging 17.6 points per contest while dropping five dimes a night and four thefts. Gerber continues to get better and better while playing against some of the best competition in America with team CBIZ on the AAU circuit. Gerber also holds the record for steals and three-point goals in a season and is just 65 points away from 1,000.

Chase Stingel (5’10) also enjoyed a fine junior year by averaging 10.7 points per game and shooting 48.4 percent behind the arch. Stingel (46) and the aforementioned Gerber (47) combined for 93 treys a season ago.

Coach Shutt really likes what he has witnessed from his two guards.

“These two guards have worked extremely hard in the off season and are really excited for the season to begin,” Shutt offered.

Junior David Gerber (6’3) returns as a combo forward for the Pirates. Gerber, who is also the football team’s quarterback, averaged 4.3 points per game and 3.3 caroms an outing.

Junior guard Devin Schie (5’11) played significant time last year, and will be asked to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player on a nightly basis. Schie, a 1,000-yard rusher on the gridiron, averaged 3.2 points per game and 1.3 swipes a contest.

“Devin will be our lock down defender,” Shutt extended.

The biggest addition to the team without a doubt will be freshman Paul Honigford (6’7). Considered by many as the real deal, the son of former Ohio State basketball player Jim Honigford (1984-1986), is ranked as one of the top players in the nation for the class of 2011. The diaper dandy will be on display in the Pirate opener against Fairless this Friday night in what should be an outstanding basketball game.

In addition, Honigford was one of just 14 underclassmen invited to the inaugural Ohio Underclassmen Day held by Thad Matta and his Ohio State coaching staff. The list included 2009 prospect Bill Edwards (Middletown), 2010 top prospect Jared Sullinger (Northland- who has already verbaled to the Buckeyes), and fellow 2011 standout Stevie Taylor (Gahanna Lincoln).

Another newcomer to full time varsity duty will be junior Heath Myers (6’5). This junior saw limited time a year ago on the varsity squad, but was mainly ticketed to jayvee action.

Other players looking for time are Caleb Hostetler, Taylor Shaw, Brennan Mullet, Ryan Troyer, Luke Yoder, Nick Ziegenbusch, and Greg Moomaw.

In addition to the out of conference game with Fairless, the Pirates will play at Tuscarawas Valley, Indian Valley, and Canton Timken at the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament. The remaining 16 games will be in the IVC where they will meet Malvern for a home and home, and Hiland for the same.

Coach Shutt’s squad will really be challenged with the four non-conference games. Fairless made the Division II regional last year, Tusky Valley made the Division III regional final, and Indian Valley is expecting big things with a new coach and the return of senior Brian Gasser.

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