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Scouting the 2015-16 Chesterton Trojans boys basketball team
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Scouting the 2015-16 Chesterton Trojans boys basketball team

Star power

Rhyss Lewis, Sr., G: Center stage now belongs to the athletic North Junior All-Star. "He had a great summer," Peller said. "He's more confident, his shooting's more consistent, his leadership been really good. He's got the whole package."

Newcomer to watch

Jack Mullen, Sr., F: Mullen averaged around 6 points per game last season, so he's no stranger to the lineup. It's not unrealistic that he could double his scoring. "He's really made strides," Peller said. "He's a solid player, solid shooter. He's smarter. He's improved his athleticism and strength."

Team breakdown

Chesterton returns four senior starters, but the one it graduated was recent Oakland University signee Chris Palombizio, its leading scorer and rebounder. Combo guard Rhyss Lewis becomes Option 1, but the Trojans could have four double-digit scorers with Niles Dilosa, Jacob Weber, Jack Mullen complementing him. "More balance," coach Tom Peller said. "We're two-deep at every position. Rhyss is the go-to guy, but if he doesn't have the shot, he's willing to pass it off." The backcourt is loaded with quickness, and Chesterton will use those assets to play more up-tempo, while holding its own inside. Most of the roster can shoot the 3. Look for expanded roles from Ky Palombzio and Ray Yagelski with 6-foot-6 sophomore Austin Peterson adding a front-line boost. — Jim Peters

Schedule

Nov. 25West Side7 p.m.
Dec. 2Morton7 p.m.
Dec. 5at Lowell3 p.m.
Dec. 8Bowman Academy7 p.m.
Dec. 11at Roosevelt7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15E.C. Central7 p.m.
Dec. 22at Bishop Noll7 p.m.
Dec. 29-30Noblesville TournamentTBA
Jan. 8at Merrillville*7 p.m.
Jan. 12Hobart7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15LaPorte*7 p.m.
Jan. 20at Andrean7 p.m.
Jan. 22at Crown Point*7 p.m.
Jan. 29at Lake Central*7 p.m.
Feb. 5Michigan City*7 p.m.
Feb. 11at Portage*7 p.m.
Feb. 13at Munster7 p.m.
Feb. 16Hammond7 p.m.
Feb. 19Valparaiso*7 p.m.
Feb. 23at Mishawaka Marian7 p.m.
Feb. 26Boone Grove7 p.m.

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Jim was keeping standings on his chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's. He covers all manner of prep sports for The Times and is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.

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Hillary has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.

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