The Minden Crimson Tide basketball team finished 25-6 last season and made another playoff appearance under head coach Alan Shaw.
This year, Shaw expects his young team to improve as the season goes on.
"I feel we will be competitive and improve over time as our young players get varsity time and all of our football players work their way into playing shape," he said. " It will take a while for this team to gel, but we should be competitive by district."
Outside of the Huntington Raiders, Shaw expects District 1-4A to wide open.
"Huntington is and always will be the team to beat," he said. " They are loaded and deep at every position. I feel the rest of the district is fairly even and wide open. Fair Park will be very good as will Benton and Woodlawn. Newcomers Loyola and North Desoto are kind of an unknown but should be very competitive as well."
The Crimson Tide will return last year's District MVP C.J. Elkins.
"C.J. was our leading scorer, and will be our go to guy once he is back in the swing from football," Shaw said. "He should be highly recruited to play at the next level. We also have J'Larenz Beene, a 6-1 junior. He's a versatile player that will help us at various positions and be an asset defensively and on the boards."
Shaw is also excited about his other returning players.
"We have a strong group of underclassmen that have gotten a lot of playing experience over the past two years that we hope will step in and play significant roles for us," he said. "Juniors Anfernee Red, Kevin Hamilton, Brennan Myles, and Beene should make an immediate impact.
Sophomores Davien Moore, J.J. Sneed, Thomas Brown, and Jalen Bell will help also. If we can find the right chemistry with these young players and our senior leaders like Louis Moore and others, it could be an entertaining year."
The Tide will take part in the Lakeside Jamboree on Thiursday.