White Pine High girls basketball coach Justin Locke welcomes at least 10 players to the basketball floor for the defending 2A girls state champion Lady Bobcats. Included on the roster will be 5-11 senior Madison Rick and 5-10 sophomore Eva Kingston.

White Pine won the title in a thrilling overtime game last year beating Lincoln County in the championship paced by the 14 points from Ricks and 11 points from Kingston.

It was the second time the White Pine girls had beaten Lincoln for the trophy. When Dean Thornock took the girls to their first championship in 2005, that was also over Lincoln County.

Now, it’s Locke’s turn to see if he can engineer another back-to-back title. The LadyCats have won the title three of the past four years. The team’s first set of back-to-back championships was 2015, 2016. In 2017, they lost to Agassi Prep (Democracy Prep) in the semifinals.

On the boy’s side, the Bobcats will want to greatly improve on a 6-18 record last year and a last place finish in the tough 2A North.

Although the current roster was not posted as of press time, third-year coach Terrell Trask expected returners for the boys to include Phoenix Ball, Davin Starkey, Tyler Perkins, Lawrence Doty and Caleb Britton.

Both the boys and girls teams open the season at the Serpent Classic at Mineral County High in Hawthorne Nov. 29-Dec.

League play for the boys begins Dec. 11 hosting West Wendover.

On Dec. 11-15, the girls have three home games against visiting West Wendover, Lincoln County, and the opening of their league play hosting Battle Mountain.

Between Christmas and New Year’s, the girls will play in a tournament at McQueen High School in Reno, Dec. 27-29.

After participating in the Mineral County tournament, the Bobcat boys will play in a tournament at West Wendover Dec. 7-8, then turn right around and face West Wendover again Dec. 11, this time in Ely.

But the boys do not have any games scheduled between Christmas and New Years. They pick up again Jan 4-5 with home games against Incline and North Tahoe.