The Vineland High School boys basketball team's goal this season is to play hard and gain experience for the future.

The team has just one returning starter - junior Eddie Thomas.

Thomas is also one of only two returning letter winners from last season. Senior Charlie Ware is the only other player with varsity experience.

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The team is small, but coach Travis Amstutz said the Fighting Clan have a lot of hard-working athletes with dedication and attitude.

"I'm always preaching about how you get what you put in and how hard work pays off," Amstutz said. "A lot of the players have really bought into my philosophy. We put a lot of work in over the summer and kept up with our workouts throughout the fall. We're trying to take all that momentum that we've built up so far into getting better every day."

Senior Manny Colvin, juniors Jola Babalola and Kenny Ives are some newcomers who are expected to help. Colvin, Babalola and Thomas add to the team's quickness, especially at the guard position.

The Fighting Clan definitely have some rebuilding to do in the upcoming year, but they're hoping that the team's philosophy holds true and all their hard work will pay off.

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League: Cape-Atlantic League American

Group: South Jersey Group IV

Coach: Travis Amstutz (6-19, second season)

2011-12 record: 6-19

2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding

Key players: Eddie Thomas, Jr., 6-0, G/F; Charlie Ware, Sr., 6-2, F.

Top newcomers: Manny Colvin, Sr., 6-1, G; Jola Babalola, Jr., 5-9, G; Kenny Ives, Jr., 6-3, F.


Dec. 14 vs. Millville, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 at Schalick, 5 p.m.

Dec. 18 at Egg Harbor Township, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 20 at Mainland Regional, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 29-30 Boardwalk Classic at Wildwood Convention Center, TBD

Jan. 2 vs. Hammonton, 6 p.m.

Jan. 3 vs. Holy Spirit, 6 p.m.

Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 vs. Bridgeton, 4 p.m.

Jan. 8 vs. Atlantic City, 6 p.m.

Jan. 11 at Absegami, 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 at Oakcrest, 6 p.m.

Jan. 22 at Millville, 4 p.m.

Jan. 23 at Lower Cape May Regional, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 vs. Egg Harbor Township, 6 p.m.

Jan. 28 at Bridgeton, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 vs. Mainland Regional, 6 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Holy Spirit, 7 p.m.

Feb. 5 at Atlantic City, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 vs. Absegami, 6 p.m.

Feb. 11 vs. Ocean City, 6 p.m.

Feb. 13 at Cedar Creek, 5:30 p.m.


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