There will be plenty of new faces for the Bethlehem, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Voorheesville boys basketball teams this season.
Bethlehem has the most veteran lineup with six returning players, while R-C-S and Voorheesville have the most turnover with each only possessing two veterans.
It's a young team, and we're still getting to know each other, said Voorheesville head coach Don Catellier, whose Blackbirds lost to Catholic Central and Schuylerville at last weekend's Catholic Central Tournament in Troy. "We're getting there."
R-C-S is also breaking in a new coach, as Kevin Reinisch takes the helm from Bruce Stott.
"I think we're going to be OK," said Reinisch, who coached the junior varsity team last year and has several of his players joining him on the varsity level this season. "The Colonial Council is one of the toughest leagues in the area. You have to come ready to play every night."
Here is a closer look at Bethle-hem, R-C-S and Voorheesville.
Head coach: Jeremy Klugman
Key veterans: Kevin Stempsey, Gleason Judd, Bill Barrowman, Joe Kane, Dan Bell
Outlook: Klugman said he is hopeful that a veteran lineup will help his Eagles win on a more consistent basis in a division " the Suburban Council Gold Division " that is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in the league.
"This is the first time we've had that many return that wound up being starters at the end of last year," said Klugman.
Stempsey's ability to score from all points on the court should give Bethlehem one of the most dangerous weapons in the Suburban Council, but other Eagles " including several junior varsity call-ups " must contribute to the offense.
The Eagles take the court Friday against Mohonasen in the opening round of the Niskayuna Invitational Tournament.
"We're chomping at the bit because we're tired of playing ourselves (in practices). We want to play someone else," said Klugman.