The Hillsboro basketball teams will open their seasons this week at the Moundridge preseason tournament.
The girls and boys were scheduled to play the home team Tuesday at Moundridge. The girls were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. and the boys at 8:30 p.m.
The other two teams in the tournament are Lyons and Inman. Hillsboro teams will square off against Inman on Thursday with the girls tipping off at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.
Hillsboro will play Lyons on Friday, with the girls again tipping off at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.
Both Trojan teams are looking for strong seasons. The HHS boys will be looking for a measure of revenge against Moundridge, who defeated Hillsboro in the sub-state finals last season.
The Trojan girls, the preseason No. 1 pick in Class 3A by the Kansas Association of Basketball Coaches, are coming of a 23-3 season and third-place finish at state.
They are defending champions of the Central Kansas League—the school’s first league title since winning a division title in the Mid-Central Activities Association in 2002.
“I hope to be right at the top,” said coach Nathan Hiebert. “We got first last year and I’d love win it again.”
The Hillsboro boys finished 18-5 last season and finished third in the Central Kansas League with a 7-2 record. Coach Darrel Knoll expects them to be in the thick of things again this season.
“We should be battling for the top spot,” he said. “I would be disappointed if we’re not.
“We’ve got some challenges to overcome to get us there, but if we stay healthy with the people we have and build the depth, I think we’re going to be a pretty solid and competitive team, especially down the stretch,” he said.
With the good team chemistry, Knoll is confident of at least one thing: This team will give its best effort.
“That’s really what you want every year,” he said. “You want to win all the games, you want a great record. But what you really want at the end of the year is that we got the most out of us that we could get.”