Outlook: Wunder has gone through a roster overhaul a few times in the last decade, but the Knights’ performance on the court stays the same. They’ve been nothing but consistent and haven’t had a losing season since 2008. “We will rely heavily on our returning players to help our underclassmen get up to speed,” Wunder said via email. “Our players are working hard on building team chemistry each day, and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Key returners: Josh Brown, senior G; Amir Cole, senior G; Anthony Murray, senior F; Noah Vipond, junior F.
Outlook: FSK made positive strides last year after winning nine games the year before. This season, the Eagles are focused sharply on a winning record and success in the playoffs. “We have an experienced team,” Kimble said via email. “This group has played together for a very long time. They have good on-court chemistry. Our returning players are working hard to help us reach our goals.”
Key returners: Ben Brown, senior F; Steven Goetz, senior G; Tristan Kent, junior C; Ronak Morgan, senior G; Jack Selby, senior G.
Outlook: The Lions return a good nucleus, and Tombs believes they can improve on last year’s record. “We have potential to be a good team,” Tombs said via email. “Looking to build off a solid campaign from last year and take another step closer to being a top team.”
Key returners: Dayne Koontz, junior G; Bo Schene, senior G; Justin Shipley, senior F.
Outlook: The Mavericks hope to take a step forward this season and reach .500 or surpass that record. “The team is working hard and improving every day,” Koontz said via email. “If we stay healthy, we will be competitive.”
Key losses: Bill Bauserman, Henry Cook, Quint Reitter
Key returners: Dylan Graham, junior G; Josh Kaye, senior F; Matt Gamble, senior G; Kollin Pavlik, senior F.
Outlook: The Cavaliers will be an athletic team and rely on its defense and rebounding to compensate for a lack of height. Chemistry and the intensity the players have shown at practice are also strengths. “They are a hard-working group,” Carnes said via email. “They really get along well with each other.”
Key returners: Reese Diehl, senior F; Parker Eysaman, senior G; Roman Hawkins, senior forward; Nick Henneman senior F; Javahn Showers, junior G; Joe Wright, junior F.
Outlook: The Owls don’t return any starters, but they may have the talent, depth and quickness to put together another successful season. Chemistry will be the big key. “Last year’s team worked well as a unit and had played together for years and year as opposed to this group,” Kanther said. “So we have some moving parts that we need to jell. That might take some time.”
Outlook: Lesniak takes over a varsity team from Billy Mays that has nowhere to go but up. Lesniak wants to develop a rapport with his players to help build a successful program, and he likes what he has seen so far in the preseason. “We have a young and inexperienced group, but they have been working hard in practice and I expect us to be very competitive,” Lesniak said via email.