The Cape May Tech High School boys basketball team will have to replace two starting seniors, but the hardest task will be replacing 6-foot-6 Jake Heminway.
"Hopefully by committee," is how coach Robert Ridgway plans to replace the 1,000-point scorer.
The Hawks have several juniors who will be factors in this season. Ridgway hopes that class will lead his team to a drastic improvement over last season's five-win effort.
"We're young from a basketball standpoint, but I think we're going to be OK," Ridgway said. "Our kids are doing a great job so far, and I think it's going to take us a little while to come together, but I think we have potential."
One of the juniors who stands out, mostly because of his height, is Mark Ehrhardt. Erhardt is a 6-6 center and will be the big man that will attempt to replace Heminway.
"We're going to have a lot of size," Ridgway said, alluding to 6-4 forward James Holmes and 6-2 forward Cory Hofmann.
The Hawks are also returning two juniors - 6-3 A.J. Pastor, along with Alonzo Love.
Both got starting time last season for the Hawks.
They will be among a cast of juniors and one senior, Hofmann, who played a lot last season.
"I am excited about this junior group," Ridgway said. "They all continued to play together year-round, and I think they're really going to jell together."
The Hawks also brought in a transfer from Lower Cape May Regional in junior guard Cameron Freeman. He won't be eligible to play until Jan. 20.
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League: Cape-Atlantic League United
Group: South Jersey Group II
Coach: Robert Ridgway (122-241, 15 seasons)
2012-13 record: 5-21
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - The Hawks are big but still rebuilding.
Key players: Mark Ehrhardt Jr., 6-6, C; James Holmes Jr., 6-4, F; A.J. Pastor Jr., 6-3, F; Cory Hofmann Sr., 6-2, F; Alonzo Love Jr., 6-1, G; Connor Kennedy Jr., 6-1, G; Cameron Freeman Jr., 5-9, G.