The second big topic in the inbox recently has been talking favorites to win it all in basketball. Most the fans seem to think Piketon boys and Unioto girls are the teams to beat. I can’t really disagree with this. In boys, Piketon certainly returns a lot of talent, and even with the playoff run in football, Coach Lisath has some key pieces already in the gym and should have his experienced team ready to go from the start of the season. The rest of the boys’ league is hard to rank until I see some rosters and then see the teams take the court at the preview. Several SVC teams were hit hard by graduation last year.
As for girls, I think it is fair to call Unioto the favorite; however, it can be debated when you consider Adena returns the league’s best player as well as three other starters off of last year’s gold ball champions. I think the big question here is how well Adena can replace the talent of Autumn Smith. Obviously the talent of Jenny Grigsby is going to help do this, but how will Adena’s depth hold up against a much healthier Unioto squad that should include Mallory Retherford closer to 100% and Taylor Overly back in the mix? I also am intrigued to see Zane Trace. This team is going to be loaded with athletes and very difficult to score against.