The Lanesboro boys' basketball team will be led by six returning letter winners this year. Seniors Erik Peterson, Daulton Gartner and Isaac Freese are back, along with junior class members Kole Ruud, Garrett Boggs and Luke Rogers.

Peterson (5'8") is listed at guard. He averaged 10.6 points per game last year. He earned honorable mention on the SEC All-Conference team in 11-12, one of three starting guards who return from last year's varsity squad.

Classmates Daulton Gartner (5'10") at guard and Isaac Freese (6'3") at forward also provide experience.

Juniors Kole Ruud (5'11") and Luke Rogers (6'1") both played guard on the varsity rotation last season. This year, Ruud (who won the Most Improved Player award in team voting) will return at his accustomed position, while Rogers moves to forward. Ruud averaged 10.9 points per game, while Rogers averaged 6 points per outing. Junior guard Garrett Boggs (5'8") also saw varsity action last year.

The Burros were famous for shooting from beyond the arc last year, making 302 of 869 attempts. Ruud was second in SEC-game threes with 55, while Peterson was fourth with 45. Lanesboro won and lost on the strength of their perimeter shooting, setting a new state-record for treys attempted (50) vs. Lewiston-Altura on Feb. 16 and the fourth-most tries versus Houston (46) on Jan. 5. They are tied for third place in three-point shots made in a single game (19) versus Hope Lutheran last season.

Other leading candidates for the starting rotation include 6'0"Liam Dorn, 6'0" Jereal Eddy, 5'10" Will Semmen, 5'9" Matthew Luck, 5'9" Zach Voeltz, 6'1"Eric Holst and 5'9" Tylar Miller. All are sophomores. Miller, Dorn, Luck and Voeltz are listed at guard, while Eddy, Semmen, and Holst are forwards.

Head coach John Smith is in his 12th year at the helm. He's amassed a record of 167-110 with the Burros and is joined again by assistant coach Chris Hanson, in his eighth year with the program. Lanesboro went 15-3 in conference play, 16-10 overall in '11-12.

Smith cited Spring Grove and Lyle/Pacelli as favorites in the conference. Rushford-Peterson will be the team to beat in section play.

Once again, perimeter shooting will be the hallmark of the Burros, Smith said. Team depth, lack of experience and rebounding will be the biggest challenges this year, he added.

"We look to improve as the year progresses and our younger players find their roles on the team... We want to be competitive and hopefully be in the thick of things at the end of the season."

The boys begin play at Winona Cotter on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. On Dec. 4, they will host Mabel-Canton. Three nights later, they will play at home against Grand Meadow.