Jake Heminway has averaged double-digit points and rebounds in each of the past two seasons for the Cape May Tech High School boys basketball team.
This year, though, the 6-foot-6 center wants to do even more. He wants to lead the Hawks into postseason contention.
"It's hard to lead a team when you're a sophomore, a junior. You can't," Heminway said. "No one's going to give you the respect. As a senior, you have that respect from the coaches and teammates."
Heminway led the Cape-Atlantic League with 10.4 rebounds per game last season. He was ninth in scoring with 13.6 points per game and ninth in blocks with 1.2 per game.
With senior guards Conor Mulville and Robert Broughton, plus a strong sophomore class led by returning starter A.J. Pastor, Heminway should have plenty of help.
"All possibilities are out there," Heminway said. "We have all the (potential) to win our league. We can beat and compete with any team out there."
Coach Bob Ridgway said even though the Hawks went 6-22 last season, he expects them to contend for the state playoffs.
"We definitely have the ability to compete with everyone in (the CAL United Conference)," Ridgway said. "I'm excited. Kids are just buying into our system and working extremely hard.
"We're young. We have a great sophomore class that we're really excited about."
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League: Cape-Atlantic League United
Group: South Jersey Group II
Coach: Bob Ridgway (117-222, 14 seasons)
2011-12 record: 6-22
2012-13 prediction: Contender - Jake Heminway is one of the area's top players and has a veteran supporting cast.
Key players: Jake Heminway, Sr., C, 6-6; Conor Mulville, Sr., G, 6-1; Robert Broughton, Sr., G, 6-0; A.J. Pastor, So., F, 6-3; Alinzo Love, So., G, 6-1, Connor Kennedy, So., G, 5-11; Cory Hofmann, Jr., F, 6-2.
Top newcomers: James Holmes, So., F, 6-3; C.J. Wise, Fr., G, 5-10; Mark Ehrardt, So., C, 6-6; Rob Darby, So., G, 5-10; R.J. Kelly, Sr., G, 6-0.
Dec. 14: at Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Wildwood Catholic, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: vs. Buena Regional, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 22: vs. Lower Cape May Regional at Wildwoods Convention Center, 11 a.m.
Dec. 26: vs. Mount Olive at Wildwoods Convention Center, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 27: vs. TBD at Wildwoods Convention Center, time TBA Jan. 3: at Cedar Creek, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10: at Pleasantville, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12: vs. Atlantic Christian, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15: vs. St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16: at Ocean City, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22: at Glassboro, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Wildwood Catholic, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: vs. Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: at Buena Regional, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: vs. Wildwood, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: vs. Cedar Creek, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: vs. Sacred Heart, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: vs. Pleasantville, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: vs. Gateway Regional, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m.