Editor's Note: The 2017-18 KSHSAA basketball season tips off this week. This is the first of a series of stories taking a look at Telegram area teams' returning players, newcomers and outlook for the season.

Ingalls Bulldogs

Boys

Classification: 1A-Div II

Coach: Travis Leverett, 2nd season at Ingalls (8-13 overall)

2016-17 record: 8-13

Returning starters: Mikel Osbourne, SR., G, 5-9, 8 PPG, 4 RPG, 1 APG; Joe Clark, Sr., F, 6-0, 4 PPG, 6 RPG, 2.5 APG; David Varela, Sr., F, 6-0, 10 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.5 APG.

Newcomers: Benny Hernandez, Timothy GIllen, Easton Irsik, Zach Barrie.

Outlook: After an 8-13 first season as head coach, Travis Leverett is looking to build upon a Ingalls Bulldogs team that is returning three seniors, all of which are now seniors.

“I am excited for this coming season,” Leverett said. “The seniors have been working hard, and with our underclassmen, we should be a very competitive team this year. We hope to put ourselves in position to make the postseason.”

One of those returning seniors is David Varela, who was named an all-league honorable mention last season.

Girls

Classification: 1A-Div II

Coach: Terra Simon, 2nd Season at Ingalls (15-7 overall)

2016-17 record: 15-7, Sub-State Runners-up

Returning starters: Kaylee Simon, Sr., 5-3, G, 7.8 PPG, 4 Reb, 2.7 asst, 2.2 steals; Ashlyn Cure, Jr., 5-5, G, 14.3 PPG, 4.7 Reb., 2.9 Asst., 1.8 Steals; Britlyn Beach, SO., 5-8, F, 8.3 PPG, 8.2 Reb.; Anna Teichroeb, Sr., 5-8, F, 9.3 PPG, 7.5 Reb., 1 Asst., 1.6 Steal.

Top Newcomers: Alexa Lightner, Fr., 5-8; Blair Rockhold, Sr., G, 5-2.  

Outlook: After losing in a nail-biter to eventual third place Otis-Bison in the sub-state championship, second-year head coach Tessa Simon and the Bulldogs look to make deeper run in the postseason. The Bulldogs will be returning four starters from last year’s team, which include SPIAA first team selection, junior Ashlyn Cure. Senior Anna Teichroeb will also be returning for her final season at Ingalls after being named an all-league honorable mention.

Satanta Indians

Boys

Classification: 1A- Div I

Coach: Tim Dustin, 6th year at Satanta (46-60 overall)

2016-17 record: 6-14 (4-7 League)

Returning starters: Ty Blair, Sr., 6-1, G, 14.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.2 SPG; Willy Garcia, Sr., 6-0, F, 5.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1 APG, 1 SPG; Javier Morales, Sr., 6-2, F, 7.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.8 SPG; Gabe Salas, Jr., 5-10, G, 9 PPG, 2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.5 SPG.

Top Newcomers: Houston Friend, So., 6-1, G; Jaylon Essix, So., 6-5, C; Kris Wagner, Jr., 5-11, F.

Outlook: After taking a step back last season, sixth-year head coach Tim Dustin is trying to have a bounceback season in 2017-18 as he looks to his four returning starters from last season, three of which are now seniors.

“We have four returning starters, and we have some experience if we can improve every practice,” said Dustin about his senior-led team.

One of Dustin’s starters from last year, Ty Blair,  was named second team all-league.

“We hope to improve our record and level of play this year, and hope to be competitive this year,” Dustin said.

Girls

Classification: 1A-Div I

Coach: Janie Lutz, 10th Season at Satanta (75-115 overall)

2016-17 record: 4-16 (1-10 in league)

Returning starters: Alex Howie, Sr., 5-4, G, 9.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.0 APG., 1.9 SPG; Brooke Abernathy, Jr., 5-9, F/P, 4.7 PG, 3.9 RPG., 1.3 Steals; Lizete Olivas, Jr. 5-9, F/P, 7.1 PPG, 5.8 Reb., 2.0 Steals; Ava Howie, So., 5-2, G, 2.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG.

Outlook: Returning for her 10th year, head coach Janie Lutz is optimistic about the Satanta Indians this upcoming season.

“We should be very competitive with the addition of the younger players to help build the depth of the team,” she said.

Satanta will be led by four returning starters this season, all whom had significant impact on the team last season. That includes senior Alex Howie, who averaged 9.2 points last season, and juniors, Brooke Abernathy and Lizete Olivas, whom will also play a big part in how well the Indians do this season.

South Gray Rebels

Boys

Classification: 1A-Div I

Coach: Mark Applegate, 36th season at South Gray

2016-17 record: 24-2 (628-214 overall record at South Gray)

Returning starters: Clifton Miller, Jr., 6-0, G, 10 PPG, 3 RPG; Gilbert Peters, Sr., 6-7, F, 14 PPG, 8.5 RPG; Brock Davis, Sr., 6-1, F, 6 PPG, 4 RPG.

Newcomer: Aaron Skidmore, Fr., 6-2, G/F.

Outlook: The South Gray Rebels finished one game short of winning the 1A-Div I state tournament, finishing as runners-up, and 36th year head coach of the Rebels, Mark Applegate, would love a return back to the championship game.

“We have a lot of experience returning,” he said. “We were state runner-up last year. We would like to get back to the state tournament and one step further.”

That experience returning for South Gray comes in the form of three returning starters, two of which are now seniors: Gilbert Peters and Brock Davis. Add in junior Clifton Miller, who averaged 30 points per game last season, and a bulk of the scoring came back this season, as the Rebels try to take that next step — the Rebels won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 under Applegate. The Rebels have not had a losing season since 1999 — 16 consecutive winning seasons.

Girls

Classification: 1A-Div I

Coach: Paul Clancy, 1st Season

2016-17 record: 17-5

Returning starters: Emily Salmans, Sr., 5-5, G, 12.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2 APG; Hannah Askew, Jr., 5-8, PF, 6.3 PPG, 8 RPG, 1 APG; Christy Wiebe, So., 5-8, G, 2 PPG, 2 RPG, 1 APG.

Top Newcomers: Trudy Martens, So., 5-11, C; Shade Torres, Jr., 5-4, G; Emma Jantz, So., 5-5, G; Shonsee Loewen, Jr., 5-8, PF.

Outlook: Head Coach Paul Clancy inherits a team that finished 17-5 and were sub-state runners-up last season.

“(We) have a talented bunch of girls but very young in experience,” Clancy said of his team this upcoming season.

The Rebels return three starters and lose three seniors from a year ago. And just one of the returners is a senior, guard Emily Salmans. South Gray has only two seniors returning this season total.

“(We) are very athletic with height in the post position,” Clancy said . “(The) key to a successful season will be how we adjust to learning a new style of basketball.”