Dale opens at home against Preston on Friday.
WELEETKA IN MIX AGAIN
State semifinalists last year with three sophomores in the starting lineup, the Weleetka boys will be back in the hunt for the Class A gold ball. And their first-round opponent in last year's state tournament — Glencoe — hopes to be there as well.
Weleetka returns three of its top four scorers from last season, but brings back a strong nucleus from a team that went 26-3 and lost to eventual champion Cheyenne in the semifinals.
Glencoe started a pair of 6-foot-4 freshmen — Ty Lazenby and Hunter Hall — last season and returns six of its top seven players. Lazenby averaged better than 15 points per game last season.
WALKER, BARRIOS LEAD HAMMON
Hammon's girls return four starters and seven of its top nine from last season's Class B runner-up team.
“It's a very experienced group,” Hammon coach Lance Carpenter said. “They've been through a lot the last couple of years.”
Carpenter has been especially impressed with the improvement of senior guard Erin Burch.
“I've seen more scoring output, and she's looking to score more in our offense,” Carpenter said.
Hammon also returns center Peyton Walker and forwards Kori Barrios and Chania Walker.
Hammon plays at Erick on Friday.
ARNETT'S TUNE A PLAYER TO WATCH
Tyler Tune is a name to remember in Class B basketball this season. The 6-foot-4 junior, one of two returning starters from a state tournament team, can play multiple positions inside and out, which showed in his production last year.
As a sophomore, Tune averaged 21.8 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.