Coach: Danny Klein (first season)
Last season: 3-18 overall, 0-7 Little Ten Conference
Postseason result: Lost to Pearl City, 59-39, in Class 1A Eastland Regional quarterfinals.
Key Returners: Ed Canchola, sr., G/F; Dakotah Quimby, sr., F; Pancho Garcia, jr., G; Donald Giebel, sr.
Impact Newcomers: Jordan Miles, jr.; Derek Ross, sr., F; Alex Flores, so.
Outlook: After another struggling season for Hiawatha in 2011-12, first-year coach Danny Klein takes over the program. It's Klein's first experience as a head basketball coach, but noted he has learned a lot as an assistant coach in Sycamore's football program under the tutelage of Joe Ryan.
Hiawatha is struggling with numbers, but the Hawks received a boost when senior Derek Ross decided to play basketball during his senior year. Ross tore his ACL before last season and was unable to play as a junior.
Ross and Quimby provide some much-needed size and athleticism for Hiawatha, which will rely on a number of multi-sport athletes. Garcia will give the team more athleticism after splitting time between the sophomore and varsity squads last year.
There probably will be an adjustment period early on as Hiawatha adapts to Klein's motion offense and the Little Ten Conference is still strong. But there should be definite improvement over last year's three-win season.
Klein's take: "From what I've been told, the past few years here it's been rough for the boys program. So I'm trying to get it re-energized, throw in this new offense at them."
- Ross Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org