With three returning senior starters and six returning juniors who also lettered last season, Lanesboro has a solid core of talent and experience to rely on in 2013-14.

The Burros posted a record of 16-8 in conference games last year, 19-8 overall. They finished second in the SEC East behind Spring Grove, then defeated the Lions in subsection play before bowing out to Rushford-Peterson in the 1A East finals.

Head Coach John Smith (186-118) returns to the sidelines for a 13th season. He's joined by nine-year assistant Chris Hanson.

Senior guard Kole Ruud (6-0") won the SEC Player of the Year award last season, the third Burro to do so. He averaged 22.6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals per contest while hitting 49 percent from two point territory, 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Senior forward Luke Rogers (6-2") also made the All-Conference first team. He averaged 16.2 points per game, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

Senior guard Garrett Boggs (5-10") returns after posting 3.1 points, 3.2 assists, and 2 steals per game.

Three junior forwards will certainly see plenty of playing time. They include 6-1" Liam Dorn, 6-3" Eric Holst, and 6-1" Will Semmen.

In addition, three juniors check in at guard. They are (5-9") Matthew Luck, (5-10") Zach Voeltz and (5-9")Tylar Miller.

Smith said that the Burros will need to rely on the leadership of his returning starters to help younger kids develop over the course of the season. Team depth and relative lack of size in the middle will be challenges.

"We look to improve as the year goes on and hopefully be playing well at the end of the year," he added. "We will need juniors to fill some roles and produce points to help our scorers out during the course of the season.

Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton could both contend for the conference title, but the favorite may be Spring Grove, he said.

"We will look to push once again for a conference title and hope to be in the race at the end of the season," Smith concluded.