YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown’s boys basketball squad captured the hearts of its fans a year ago, finishing 17-6 and, as the No. 7 seed, losing to No. 3 Scarsdale 61-44 in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals. The game, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, marked the Huskers’ first appearance there since 2009.

Yorktown will look to put itself in position to return to the semifinals this year.

“We want to try to compete for a league title and position ourselves for a chance to be successful during the playoffs,” said fourth-year Yorktown coach Kevin Downes, whose team will again compete in Class AA for the postseason.

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Leading the Huskers into this season will be senior captains, 6-foot-1 guard Marc Spinelli, who was named to the all-tournament team in last year’s sectional playoffs, and 6-4 forward James Lundberg.

Each captain played a vital part in the Huskers’ historic run to the County Center last winter and if they want to get back there at the end of this season, both will have to play well once again.

“They understand what it takes to be successful,” Downes said. “They will need to lead our younger guys by example and play every night to a high standard. Both players are great teammates, and both are excellent offensive and defensive players and strong rebounders. They are going to have to play well early while our young guys adapt.”

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