There aren't a lot of challenges left for the Collegiate boys to accomplish. Coach Mitch Fiegel has found one thing.
"We've never went back-to-back. That's our new challenge," Fiegel said.
With the core of last year's undefeated Class 3A championship team returning, the Spartans are favored to do just that.
The Spartans return all but five players from last year's team, including starters Blake Jablonski, Trey Bailey, Bryce Cornejo, Ty Fiegel, and Brett LeMaster. This group has gone 98-1 since the seventh grade, Fiegel said.
Jablonski and Bailey are the team's inside-outside connection. Jablonski (6-foot-2) was an All-Metro selection last season. He is a tough defender with great accuracy from behind the three-point line. Bailey (6-6) is the team's post presence, but has the quickness and athletic ability of a guard.
Ty Fiegel, the coach's son, along with Cornejo provides solid defense at the guard position while LeMaster contributes inside.
"The beauty of watching this team has been the way the pieces fit together," Mitch Fiegel said. "They are tremendously unselfish and they know they have to be that way for us to be successful."
While Fiegel's group of seniors will take charge, Doug Burton (6-4) and Trace Clark (6-3) will play key roles off the bench as the Spartans will continue to go 10 deep.
"We don't want anyone to get one free dribble for 32 minutes, and playing that type of style means you have to keep people rested," Fiegel said. "Also, playing that many means players know they will get a rest and will play harder when they're out there."