With only two returnees from last season's regulars, the West Allis Hale boys basketball team faces some questions this year.
The two returning players who received significant varsity time on last year's 12-11 squad are 6-foot senior guard Ryan Haertel, who averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and 6-0 senior guard Brandon Barr, who averaged just under three points.
Haertel was second on the team in scoring last season behind the graduated Devonte Patterson (17.3 points per game).
If the Huskies are to build upon their 7-7 record in the Greater Metro Conference, they will need contributions from those two players, along with a corps of five other seniors: 6-3 forward Michael Johnson, 6-2 forward Collin Basgall, 6-2 forward Joe Karpowicz, 6-0 forward Michael Schmidt and 6-6 center Jordan Breznik.
The Huskies also have seven juniors and one sophomore, 5-10 guard Emerald Martin.
"We have talent and are working hard," coach John Palesse said. "We should be able to score. The questions are whether we can defend and rebound well enough to win in the Greater Metro Conference. If that answer is yes, we will surprise some teams."
The Huskies begin the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, against Waukesha South at home.
They begin GMC play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, also at home, against Brookfield East, which was at the bottom of the conference last season.
Their schedule also includes a tournament at Beloit Memorial and what has become a traditional game against New Berlin Eisenhower at the Bradley Center in January.