The Kingsland boys begin the basketball season Friday at Rushford-Peterson.

The Knights have two seniors returning from last year's 7-20 team (5-15 in the Three Rivers Conference): 5-9 guard Jordan Meskill and 5-7 guard Lenny Moore. Meskill and Isiah Bubany, a 5-7 guard, are captains.

Other returning letter winners are: 5-11 junior guard Jake Rindels, 6-3 junior forward Marcus Plaehn, 6-0 sophomore forward Quinn Larson and 6-1 junior forward Julius Wolf.

"We will have a very quick team this season," said head coach John Fenske, a longtime coach at Kingsland who is in his second year as head boys basketball coach. He noted that lack of size will be a weakness.

"We are still a very young team with only two seniors, so we hope to grow throughout the season," he said. "We hope to be in the middle of things at the end of the season."

The Knights start off with one of the teams Fenske considers a conference favorite. In addition to Rushford-Peterson, he feels that Plainview-Elgin-Millville is favored.

Assisting Fenske are B squad coach Scott Rindels, who was junior high coach in the boys program, and ninth grade coach Jake Vetter, formerly an assistant at Century High School in Rochester. Al Williams and Aaron Thauwald will also be coaching the junior high boys. The program has good numbers with 52 boys in grades seven through 12 turning out.

Kingsland is now in Class A due to enrollment shifts that dropped the program down from Class AA. Due to the change, the schedule includes schools such as Grand Meadow and Spring Grove.

The boys are also starting the season earlier this year due to scheduling of post-season state tournament facilities. Typically, the girls start the season first.

The next game for the Knights is Tuesday, Nov. 26, at home against Southland. The team gets a break for the holidays before returning to action Dec. 3 at Fillmore Central.