In Rutland, the Raiders boys' basketball team comes into the season with a lot of talent, and hopes of ending a 43-year championship drought. Head coach Mike Wood has the talent to make a run despite the early season absence of perhaps his best shooter in Troy Devine. Devine suffered a knee injury during the playoffs last year, but is expected back soon.
The Raiders will also heavily rely on the versatile Mike Triller and center Alex Snyder, who plans on taking up a lot of space under the basket. Several sophomores also got significant playing time last season, led by now junior Tre Hysell, which should go a long way towards the maturation of this team as the new season arrives. Others looking to create an impact include senior Scott Therrault and junior Danny Hogenkamp.
The Rutland High girls' squad it appears, will be going through some growing pains this season after losing eight players from last year, including three starters. Therefore, several players are going to get their chance to shine, which also means coach Tom Geisler will have his eyes wide open to determine where playing time will fall.
Meghan Ballard and Alyssa Moore return from last years' starting lineup and have spots solidified in the starting front court. However, after losing his starting center and point guard, coach Geisler will let the play on the floor determine other contributions.The Lady Raiders will certainly have to gel on the fly, as they prepare for their season opener against Rice on Dec. 14.