"They will be able to put the ball in the hole a lot better this year," coach Paul Schildwachter said. "We didn't score a lot of points last year."

Lutheran returns Scarff, the team's top scorer last year, who averaged 10 points per game and had a very good offseason.

"If Nathan can be as consistent as he was last year, I would be pretty happy." Paul Schildwachter said. "He is bigger, stronger and more confident."

The offense should run smoothly with Woolsey back at point guard.

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Woolsey and Jonathan Schildwachter figure to be Lutheran's other offensive leaders.

Sophomore forward Justin Torres (6-1) and junior guard Derrick McKnight (5-10) complete the starting lineup.

Senior guard Tyler Birkmaier (5-9) and senior forward Sam Stephens (6-1) provide depth.

"They are great kids that really work hard and really try and learn," Paul Schildwachter said.

Two freshmen — forward Craig Kutchey (6-0) and guard Joseph Schildwachter (5-11) — earned spots on the varsity.

"Our conference schedule really kicks in after Christmas," said Paul Schildwachter, whose team plays in the IAAM C Conference. "We will use

the pre-Christmas time to get our feet wet, figure out what we need to do and how to play with each other. So I am hoping after Christmas everything will start clicking."

Craig Clary

St. Paul's

2011-2012 record: 19-10

Returning starters: Sophomore forward Daniel Wilson (6-6).

Breakdown: Although Wilson is the lone returning starter, senior swingman Daniel Wilson (6-2) and senior point guard Tony Williams (6-0) have logged a lot of minutes on the varsity level.

Unfortunately for Williams, who started on varsity as a freshman and sophomore, he missed last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

But he's ready to make any impact this season.

"Tony has a chance to be the best defender in the league," said St. Paul's coach Seth Goldberg, whose squad was riddled with injuries last season.

A similar injury has already deprived key center Tre Hammer of his senior hoop season.