CLARA CITY — If Lucas Post has a little more hop in his step this season, it’s because of what he thinks is going to be a big year for the MACCRAY boys basketball team.

“We have two of our top scorers returning along with a tone of experience up and down the roster,” said Post, who is in his third season as the Wolverines’ head coach. “We have a bunch of solid returning seniors and talented juniors that will step in and give us added scoring punch.”

Leading the way is Brady Kienitz. A 6-foot-1 senior point guard, Kienitz is a two-time All-Camden Conference selection and a two-time West Central Tribune All-Area Team member. (He was second team in 2019-20).

Kienitz averaged 20.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game in 2019-20, when MACCRAY put together a 20-7 record, including a 12-4 mark in the Camden’s North Division. That put the Wolverines just behind conference champion Central Minnesota Christian, which went 14-2 in the division and 24-5 overall.

Kienitz does have plenty of help. Trenten Carvaness (6-4, sr., F/P) also is back. Cavaness was an all-conference pick who averaged 15.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.0 blocks per game.

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Also back in the starting lineup are Will Asche (6-2, sr., F) and Brooks Asche (6-4, jr., F). Will averaged 5.1 ppg and 2.8. Brooks had averages of 4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.0 bpg.

Post believes they’ll be able to replace two key players who graduated: Blake Wadsworth and Ole Sandry.

There are challenges.

“We will need to lean on our experience and depth to bolster up our defense and provide quality minutes,” Post said.

The Wolverines led the Camden in scoring, averaging 72.2 ppg. They also allowed 62.7 ppg, which put them sixth out of six teams in the Camden North.

After falling to Lac qui Parle Valley in the second round of the Section 3A playoffs, MACCRAY hopes it can carry its season further in 2021.

The Wolverines opened Jan. 14 against Lakeview in Cottonwood. They then were scheduled to play their home-opener at 7;30 p.m. Jan. 19 against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Clara City.