JOHNSBURG - Head Coach Mike Pellettier returns five seniors and four starters to his Jaguars squad for what should be a competitive year.
Adrian Veldman is the lone graduate player from last year's team. The loss of his five years of his five years of experience will leave a hole, according to Pellettier.
Pellettier will look to his starters to fill that hole and lead the team into post-season play. The Jaguars ended last year's season with an overall record of 8-9.
"They have learned program and I will depend on them to carry the torch," he said.
He will depend on senior Ben Richards, who broke out last year and should come on strong and senior Taylor Ordway, who should step up against the tougher competition. Also, juniors Andrew Veldman, who brings size and rebounding force, and Chris Scott, who will come off the bench to contribute much to the team's overall performance.
The Jaguars recently won the North Warren Thanksgiving Tournament.
"Our performance at the tournament is a good indicator of our potential," said Pellettier.
Aside from strong upperclassmen, Pellettier will also depend on a group of strong sophomores and freshmen.
"We are building a future," he said. "And we hope that it will pay off not only this year, but in the years to come. Seniors have gained knowledge and will experience a smoother transition to the next level of play"
Pellettier's overall goal is to advance to and host a sectional game.
Pellettier has been coaching with the Jaguars for six years and is assisted by Gene Maiorana.