Not many people expected the best finish in 10 years from last year's Sulphur boys' basketball team.
But after a 17-10 finish and a trip to the area tournament, the first since 2004, the Dogs are looking to continue that success into this winter.
Head coach Chase Todd welcomes back three starters and a wealth of experience that should help the Dogs- ranked No. 16 in the initial Class 3A poll this week- make another playoff run.
"We've got three starters back and some other guys that got a lot of experience last year," Todd said. "These guys have all played since they were really young and we think that only means good things for this year."
Seniors Ryan Beauchamp, Michael Mares and McLane Jolly all return for the Dogs, all in their third year of playing significant minutes.
"Those three guys are our leaders for sure," Todd said. "They all play very smart and can all do winning things to help our team. We will lean on them heavily."
Todd also welcomes back two juniors, Colten Stewart and Jacob Holland, who have also seen valuable minutes in the last two years.
"Colten and Jacob will both help us out a ton," Todd said. "They played important roles for us last year and they have experience that will help us this year, as well."
Along with experience, Todd welcomes a group of sophomores that saw plenty of success as a freshman squad last year.
"Our sophomores are really good," Todd said. "They had a really good freshman season last year and they will definitely help us out this year. They are a talented group. We're excited about what they're bringing to us this year."
Todd thinks his team will be a tough matchup for teams due to their ability to shoot the ball, along with the quickness of his guards and forwards.
"We are really quick and can get places in a hurry," Todd said. "We are a good shooting team and we also have a lot of experience. All of those things will be an advantage to us as the year goes along."
However, the Dogs will have to fight off a lack of size on the defensive end, something that Todd and his club have already been working on.