Last season was a historic one for the Iona Prep Gaels, who won their first state championship.
Leading the way was a core group of four Division I-bound seniors, including Nick Trizano, who scored his 300th career point and finished second on the all-time state scoring list behind Casey Powell.
How will the new-look Gaels fare this year and what players will need to step up?
Those are among the topics were discussed with Fairfield University-bound senior Pete De Salvo.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Since November, our team has been doing a lifting program at our school, conditioning and drills in our gym every Tuesday and Thursday night. On Wednesday nights. we play in a league out at the Brewster Sports Center. We also recently started having practices in the morning before school at 6 a.m. From Feb. 14-20, we will take our annual trip to Florida for our training camp which we are all looking forward to. Our coach, Rick Trizano, knows how to keep us busy and in shape to prepare for the upcoming spring season.
Can you talk about some of the key players you lost from last year and how you think you will be able to replace them?
We lost a bunch of great players from last year. Nick Trizano, Myles Gillespie, Gus Guido and Mike O’Hagan are the big names everyones probably heard of. However, we also lost unsung players like Chris Jackson, who was a great position defenseman, and Brendan Grogan, an offensive midfielder. To replace them this year, players like me, Steve Trizano, T.C. Tracy and Brian Fahy are going to need to step up and lead the team.
How does your scrimmage schedule look and which ones are you looking forward to most?
We have a couple tough scrimmages at the beginning of the year. I would definitely have to say Im looking forward to the three-way scrimmage with John Jay and Delbarton because they are both really good programs and they will be a great test for us.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think anybody could come out as a surprise year, but it’s all a question of who’s ready to step up.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think the strength of our team this year will be our unity. We lost a bunch of great players last year and we really need to come together as one family to have another championship year.