The concept of defending a state championship is rarely pure, in that teams evolve from year to year no matter how much the lineup changes.
That’s certainly the case for the reigning Class AA state champion Bangor High School boys basketball team, which graduated four starters and returns just one player, senior forward Henry Westrich, with significant varsity experience.
But the Rams’ look as they open the 2019-20 season at Portland on Friday night will be even more different since last March’s gold-ball celebration with the addition of two transfer students who will add their size and experience to the mix.
For Andrew Szwez, a 6-foot-5 junior forward from Penobscot who spent his first two years of high school at Class C power George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, the shift to Bangor transcended the athletic opportunity.
“I was looking for a bigger high school,” said Szwez, who as a freshman was a contributing reserve on GSA’s 2018 Class C state championship team. “It’s been a really good fit for me. Everybody’s been pretty welcoming, so it hasn’t been a tough transition.”
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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