The Wadena-Deer Creek boys' basketball team will be very experienced on the court, but maybe a little inexperienced on the sideline when the 2015-16 season gets underway.
The Wolverines are fortunate to return all five varsity starters and all 12 varsity letter winners that were on the team last season.
Ian Olson was the only W-DC senior that was lost from last year's team.
Seniors Jack Goeden, Tanner Horn, Alex Redfield, Wyatt Fitzsimmons, and Alex Carlson will look to lead this year's squad. Juniors Konnor Stueve and Dacotah Mittag will see a lot of minutes in games, along with sophomore Noah Ross.
Seniors Joe Wallgren and Logan Schmitz will also be looked on to help out this season.
Kevin Tumberg enters his first year as the Wolverines' head coach after serving as an assistant previously.
"Experience has to be one of our greatest strengths going into this season," said Tumberg. "We also have a lot of guys that can shoot the ball.
"Some of our weaknesses will come on the defensive end and on the boards. We will need to defend well and dominate the rebounding category if we are going to be successful this season."
It will be a different season for W-DC as it transitions from the Mid-State Conference to the Park Region Conference.
"We are looking forward to playing more schools our size and cutting down on travel time should help out our fan's attendance at road games," Tumberg stated.
The Wolverines' coach views Verndale as the favorite to win the conference this year, but believes that there are a lot of teams that are going to be right behind them in the standings.
"That is what excites me the most about the new conference," Tumberg added. "Every night should be competitive."