Wisconsin high school boys basketball teams opened the 2015-16 season with practice on Monday. La Crosse Central will open the season December 1 against Menomonie, kick-starting a promising season with a tough seven game nonconference stretch at its beginning.
"It's going to be a test for us," junior Kobe King said. "We want to get all of our kinks out of the way heading into conference play but it will be a test for us, we'll see."
King is one of 12 returners this season. He and fellow junior Bailey Kale lead an experienced lineup that is poised for a breakout season. Yet the Red Raiders know they have work to do in the first two weeks of practice with such a daunting schedule.
"It's going to make us come together real quick in-season instead of later on so it's going to be a challenge," senior Aiden Austin said. "We put in a lot of work in the offseason, everyone from the lower levels to the higher levels, especially with the varsity."
We're just going to play like we usually play, so I think we'll be alright."
Head coach Todd Fergot said the expectations haven't changed much with this year's team, but he does think the early-season tests will be good for his team come February.
"We want to challenge these guys this year and I think we have probably one of the tougher schedules in the state," head coach Todd Fergot said. "We really believe that's going to pay off for us down the stretch."