n Coach: Dustin Duncan (6th season)
n Last year: The team continued a series of Class 4A winning seasons, ending 17-6 on the year. That came fresh off a run at the state championship in 2011 where the Wizards lost to Sterling in the title game in Boulder.
n Key Players: Alex Baldwin, sr., 6-1, forward; Lucas Watts, sr., 6-0, forward; Dalton Walker, jr., 6-6, forward; Adam Ross, sr., 6-0, forward; Dylan Ochsner, sr., 6-1, forward.
n Did you know? This is the first year under Coach Duncan the Wizards will host home games before Christmas vacation. “For tournaments to get up and running, it’s kind of tough unless you can get support from the community,” he said. “To get out and watch the games will be awesome.”
n Duncan’s comments: “They (returning players) got quite a bit of playing time, which will be nice going into this season. We’re going to do what we’ve done in the past. We have to play good defense on those nights when we’re not scoring. We always have one or two games down the road where we don’t score as well. Once you get to the state tournament, all of the teams score, and all we have to do is make sure we can play good team defense and be able to shut teams down. As a whole, I think all of the sports are doing good things. I think there are a lot of good coaches at the high school. I think all the coaches work hard not only for their sport, but also for the kids in general. We had 65 kids try out, which is a lot of kids. Again, I think that shows that we’re going in the right direction and kids want to play and participate. The numbers are definitely there for us.”
n Season outlook: The Wizards hope to continue a run deep into the season, through the Sweet Sixteen and into another final like 2010. They have some big names to help hit the mark including Alex Baldwin and Lucas Watts — two seniors hungry for a state title.
n First game: The team played in the Fossil Ridge Tournament last Thursday through Saturday, and will open home play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Northern Colorado Basketball Classic in Windsor.
— Jason Pohl