The boys high school basketball season opens Saturday with limited games, but most of the action in the Treasure Valley begins Tuesday.
Heres a look at how the teams in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference stack up:
Coach: Jeff Ulrickson, fourth season
2011-12 record: 14-13, 9-9 5A SIC
Returning starters: Sam Simpson, junior, guard (9 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg); Alex Rant, junior, guard (5 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg)
Team tidbit: The Braves should have good size, with three players listed at 6-foot-5 or taller. In addition to two starters, the Braves also return three senior lettermen Deion Hardy and twin brothers Sam and Ben Showalter.
Coach: Cary Cada, 19th season
2011-12 record: 25-1, 17-1 5A SIC
Returning starters: Cody Spjute, senior, wing (9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg); Isaiah Wright, junior, point guard (12 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.2 spg, 2.7 rpg)
Team tidbit: Only three lettermen return from last years state championship team, but the Lions should still be among the conferences top teams. Defense is expected to be the Lions strong suit this season.
Coach: Paul Rush, third season
2011-12 record: 3-17, 2-16 5A SIC
Returning starters: Hunter Young, junior, shooting guard (12.7 ppg, 2 apg, 2 spg); Cam Carlsen, senior, forward (6 ppg, 3 rpg)
Team tidbit: After finishing at the bottom of the conference standings last season, the Eagles should be more competitive this year with the return of five lettermen. Capital is young, however, with just two seniors on the roster.
Coach: Tom Aipperspach, 25th season
2011-12 record: 15-11, 12-6 5A SIC
Returning starter: Daryl Robertson, senior, guard (10 ppg)
Team tidbit: Robertson and junior Collin Mabe are the only returning lettermen, but a strong group of athletic newcomers should keep the Patriots in the mix for the conference title. Aipperspach expects his team to be strong on both ends of the floor.
Coach: Tom Seifert, eighth season
2011-12 record: 15-12, 10-8 5A SIC
Returning starter: Braiden Shaw, senior, post (14 ppg, 9 rpg)
Team tidbit: BYU recruit Shaw will need to be a force as the only returning letterman. Seifert expects his inexperienced team to gain momentum as the season progresses. The Mustangs hope to dominate teams inside with the 6-8 Shaw and 6-9 newcomer Jake Stevens.
Coach: Mike Graefe, second season
2011-12 record: 8-14, 6-12 5A SIC
Returning starter: AJ DeMond, senior, guard
Team tidbit: DeMond and junior guard Bryson Stout are expected to be leaders as the only returning lettermen. Graefe says his inexperienced team may take some lumps early, but their natural athleticism could make them an upset threat later in the season.
Mountain View Mavericks
Coach: Jon Nettleton, eighth season
2011-12 record: 17-9, 12-6 5A SIC
Returning starters: Tanner Percifield, senior, guard (11 ppg, 2.5 rpg); Branson Trube, junior, point guard (3.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg); Randall Robinson, senior, guard (7.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg); Marcus Slocum, senior, wing (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Team tidbit: The Mavericks have more returning starters than any other team and are coming off a runner-up finish in the 5A SIC. Nettleton hopes the teams hard work in the offseason pays off with another deep run in the postseason.
Rocky Mountain Grizzlies
Coach: Dane Roy, second season
2011-12 record: 8-12, 6-12 5A SIC
Returning starters: Matt Grooms, senior, post (9.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg); Nate Bruneel, senior, wing (4.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg); John Sherle, junior, point guard (5.0 ppg, 3.3 apg)
Team tidbit: Although the Grizzlies finished near the bottom of the conference last year, that shouldnt be the case this season with six returning lettermen. Rocky is hungry to prove itself after missing last years district tournament as the loser of a three-way tiebreaker.
Coach: Josh Downey, fourth season
2011-12 record: 15-11, 10-8 5A SIC
Returning starters: Grant Saetrum, senior, point guard (9 ppg, 3 apg); Jake Tate, senior, shooting guard (6 ppg)
Team tidbit: With the help of four returning lettermen, the Wolves aim to advance to state for the third consecutive season. Seniors Tyler Langford (6-6 center) and Freddie Tellez (5-10 guard) join Saetrum and Tate as returners.
Coach: Scott Moore, third season
2011-12 record: 7-15, 6-12 5A SIC
Returning starter: Lane Sale, junior, post (4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, led team in blocks)
Team tidbit: Vallivue finished in the bottom of the league last season and the Falcons may have some growing pains ahead of them with just two lettermen back. Moore hopes senior Taylor Pedersen and sophomores Bryce Schroeder and Tanner Vogt can have an immediate impact for his young squad.
5A SIC COACHES POLL
1. Borah Lions (6)
2. Centennial Patriots (2)
3. Rocky Mountain Grizzlies (1)
4. Timberline Wolves (1)
5. Mountain View Mavericks
6. Eagle Mustangs
7. Boise Braves
8. Capital Eagles
9. Vallivue Falcons
10. Meridian Warriors