Last season finish: 20-4, 7-0 in GSSC. Lost in Class 2A Sectional 33 championship to Bowman Academy.
Inside the Warriors
Leading returning scorer: Larry Crisler, 10 ppg
Leading returning rebounder: Larry Crisler, 7.5 rpg
Star power: Larry Crisler, Jr., G. Coach Drew Trost calls Crisler "one of the most underrated players in the state." He is one of the last two athletes left from the 2010-11 state finalist team and his desire and toughness haven't diminished.
Newcomer to watch: Tyreon Gates, Jr., F. As a sophomore, Gates played a big role coming off the bench on a team with more seniors. His role will increase significantly.
Depth will define Warriors
Bishop Noll graduated six seniors, many of whom went on to play in college. That hasn't lowered expectations with a group that lacks experience. "That we lost six seniors from last year doesn't mean anything," lone senior Matt Sandoval said. "We've got great ball players who are bonding pretty quickly. We expect to be a big threat." Coach Drew Trost calls this team one of the deepest he's ever seen, one that will rely on its speed. "We have eight juniors on varsity," Trost said. "It's a huge junior class. A lot of them haven't had a lot of varsity experience, but they're all very athletic." Young point guards Martin Schiele and James Nabors, a freshman and sophomore respectively, will be expected to mature quickly in the face of a tough schedule. — Hillary Smith