The MPSSAA basketball season has arrived and the teams are back on the hardwood following more than a year off the court and the influx of new, inexperienced players with returners who are shaking off the rust has many coaches going back to the drawing board.

The COVID-19 pandemic put the 2020-2021 season on ice and many of the current players for area high schools have little to none experience at the varsity level.

Many of the coaches are focusing on fundamentals early in the season as many players adjust to their teams that could feel like new teams after more than a year away from organized basketball.

“It does kind of feel like starting a program over in some ways,” North East boys coach Seth Grimes said. “Expectations for the program. We focus every year on fundamentals — basic things every day. Passing shoot around drills — something we are always focused and especially this year.”

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For North East, the team returns three seniors who played minutes as sophomores.

“These guys played every year for us,” Grimes said. “they have played Ella they could

3 seniors back that have been in our program that have played all seasons they could play due to covid other than last season due to COVID-19.”

The seniors for the Indians include Austin Keefer, Ethan Hassell, Vincente Delvalle, Grayson Carew and Neel Kearns.

North East begins their season Tuesday, December 7 at home against North Harford. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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