COACH: Lamont Strothers

THE BUZZ: The Raiders went into last season with no varsity experience but are in a little better shape now. G Lewis Freeman (8.6 ppg) is the top returning scorer, and Strothers believes G Patrick Hunt (8.3 ppg in six games) has all-district potential.


LAST SEASON: 8-14, 7-11 (7th)

COACH: Demetrius "Duke" Phipps.

THE BUZZ: Phipps, a former Woodside player and JV coach, takes over a program that has had three straight losing seasons. G Marcus Taylor (11.7 ppg) is the top returnee, and the Patriots should get a boost from Heritage transfer Devon Mayo (6.8 ppg).


LAST SEASON: 4-18, 2-16 (9th)

COACH: Christopher Morgan.

THE BUZZ: The top returning scorers are 5-11 G Derek Poole (5.1 ppg) and 6-2 G Dan Osborne (4.8 ppg), but the Dukes will need more ability around them. Morgan expects a physical presence from 6-1, 260-pound Jarrell Bennett (2.1 ppg), a lineman on the football team.