Young Lions Buidling for the Future


Lion's Roar Staff

The Middletown High School North basketball team is looking to continue to build its program during the course of the 2022-23 season under new head coach and former Lions star Eric Youncofski.  The Middletown High School North Hall of Famer had a decorated career as a player and coach.  

Eric Youncofski – who was the point guard during the last time the program was ranked No. 1 in the Shore Conference back in 2011, was also responsible for guiding the Lions to the 2012 NJSIAA State Chasmpionship. Youncofski also earned All Shore and All Division honors while guiding one of the most exciting teams in 2011 & 2012.

Coach Eric Youncofski was an All Division and All Shore selection for the Lions in 2012.

After graduating in 2012, Youncofski played at the University of Rhode Island and then joined the staff with his former coach Dan Hurley both at Rhode Island and national powerhouse, University of  Connecticut. While at UCONN, Coach Youncofksi assisted in the day to day operations of the basketball program.

Youncofski is hoping that his experience and knowledge of the game can have an impact on the young, Lions roster. The Lions have struggled early on in the season, but have shown progress as the season has continued.

The Lions have been leaning on senior point guard Mac Colantino, who is the only returning starter for this year’s team.  The Lions have been very competitive during the course of the season with Seniors Connor Dowd and Cam Hickey also providing leadership.

Senior Mac Colantino (2) has shown leadership for the Lions during the course of the 2022-23 season.

Juniors Luke Sheehan, Jason Quardt, Joe Berenger, Jack Walsh, will look to make major contributions this season.  The Lions also have two talented sophomores in Ryan Barnao and starter Colin Byrne. With a solid young core, Coach Youncofski will look for his team to grow as the season goes on.

The Lions will look to close out their season with four games left against Rumson-Fair Haven, Ocean Township, Toms Rover South and Point Pleasant Beach. 

The Lions will look to use these last games to continue to build rapport and gaining confidence heading into next year’s campaign.

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