Parchment High School

2005-2006 Varsity Basketball


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Kalamazoo Gazette article (December 5, 2005)

BY THE NUMBERS

4 -- Years that Alex Wolf has been starting on Parchment's varsity team.

Coach: Larry Bailey (8th year)

2004-05 record: 15-9 (9-3 KVA, tied for 2nd place).

Starters returning: 3, Alex Wolf (Sr., 5-11, G), Matt chappell (Sr,. 6-1, F/G), P.J. Withrow (Jr., 6-0, F/G)

Lettermen returning: Mitch DeHaan (Sr., 6-3, F), Todd Shadley (Sr., 6-0, G), Nate Bonney (Sr., 6-1, F/G).

New Prospect: Chris Foldesi (Jr., 6-5, C).

Outlook: If Parchment can find some inside scoring and rebounding, the Panthers could move up a notch in the KVA standings.

Quoting the coach: "We should be a very good shooting team, with five players with 3-point range." - Larry Bailey

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Kalamazoo Gazette article (December 5, 2005)

PARCHMENT'S FORTUNES REST WITH WOLF, CHAPPELL, WITHROW

By Del Newell: 388-2732

A Wolf in a Panther uniform is the perfect combination - at least in the eyes of Parchment basketball coach Larry Bailey. Alex Wolf is beginning his fourth season on Bailey's varsity team and before his senior season is over he should rank with Bailey as one of Parchment's best in basketball.

"He's like a coach on the floor," Bailey said of his 5-foot-11 guard who last season took over many games down the stretch and led Parchment to victories. By the numbers, Wolf averaged close to 17 points and popped in 17 3-pointers, while handing out seven or eight assists a game. "He works very hard in the off-season and plays basketball year-around," Bailey said. "He's been nominated to play in the McDonald's All-Star and we've never had a player from Parchment considered before."

Along with his many skills in the court sport, Wolf also excels in the classroom, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average. Bailey, who's in his eighth season as head coach and is one of the few coaches in the area doing double-duty, coaching both girls' and boys' teams, feels Wolf will have a good supporting cast.

Matt Chappell returns for his third year on varsity and he averaged eight points last season. And P.J. Withrow, who's remembered for his 29-point performance against Otsego in the Class B district championship game, is expected to pick up where he left off a year ago as a sophomore who could hit big shots.

Mitch DeHaan, a 6-3 senior, and Chris Foldesi, a 6-5 junior, supply much needed height. "Foldesi's the tallest player from teh JV team and he averaged seven rebounds per game," Bailey said. "We should be a very good shooting team, with five players with 3-point range," Bailey added. "We will play 10 players and we hope to finish in the top half of the league (Kalamazoo Valley Association)." Last season, Parchment won two district games and stunned St. Joseph in a regional opener, 50-49, before loosing to Hilldale in the Regional final.

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Kalamazoo Gazette article (December 5, 2005)

10 PLAYERS TO WATCH

By Del Newell: 388-2732

Alex Wolf - Parchment - 5'11" Senior Guard

When he was a freshman, Alex Wolf was predicted to be the best pint guard ever to play basketball at Parchment by coach Larry Bailey, one of Parchment's all-time grets himself. Over the past three years, nothing has happened to change Bailey's opinion.

"He's like a coach on the floor," Bailey said of Wolf, who's been starting and starring for three years for the Panthers. "He's smart (4.0 grade-point average) and can do it all on the court." Wolf, who handled the ball against the press, ran the offense and never got an R&R (rest and relaxation), averaged a little over 17 points last season.

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Bankhoops.com published these preseason class B rankings.

  1. Muskegon Heights
  2. Flint Powers
  3. Birmingham Country Day
  4. Detroit Renaissance
  5. Grand Rapids South Christian
  6. Flint Southwestern
  7. Frankenmuth
  8. East Grand Rapids (OK White/Grand Rapids Catholic Central)
  9. Chelsea (SEC/East Jackson)
  10. Cedar Springs (O-K Blue/Lakeview)
  11. Detroit CMA (Detroit PSL Southwest/Dearborn Divine Child)
  12. Lansing Wavelry (CAAC II/Eaton Rapids)
  13. Wyoming Godwin Heights (O-K Silver/Godwin Heights)
  14. Warren Lincoln (MAC Gold/Mt. Clemens)
  15. Zeeland West (O-K Green/Godwin Heights)
  16. Stevensville-Lakeshore (SMAC/St. Joseph)
  17. Petoskey (Big North/Grayling)
  18. Dearborn Heights Robichaud (Mega White/Willow Run)
  19. Riverview (Huron/Willow Run)
  20. Hillsdale (SMAA/Coldwater)
  21. Detroit Crockett (Detroit PSL Southwest/
  22. Grayling (Lake Michigan/Grayling)
  23. Perry (Mid-Michigan/Williamston)
  24. Ludington (Western Waterways/Benzie Central)
  25. Jackson Lumen Christi (CAAC/Eaton Rapids)
  26. Reed City (Western Waterways/Benzie Central)
  27. Parchment (KVA/Comstock)
  28. Livonia Clarenceville (Metro/Clarenceville)
  29. Dearborn Divine Child (Catholic League AA/Divine Child)

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