EVART — Injuries plagued the Evart boys basketball team last season after the Wildcats fired out to a 3-0 start.

Staying healthy is obviously a high priority this year.

The Wildcats are in their third week of practice. The girls basketball season starts this week, and the boys will begin next Monday with Coach Kris Morgan’s Wildcats traveling to Forest Area.

Evart was 6-14 last season and has 12 players on the roster.

“We have two boys on the team who are seniors and are with us their third year,” Morgan said. “They played their sophomore year on the varsity.”

He was referring to Danny Griffin, Trevin Ladd and Cody Pritchard.

“Layne Nadig played half his sophomore year with us,” Morgan said. “He’s returning too.”

Andrew Booher is a returning senior. Carter Pritchard, Cody’s brother, played on the varsity half of last season as a freshman.

Morgan expects plenty from several key players.

Griffin, “if he stays healthy, he should have a good year,” Morgan said. “He played well during the summer.”

Ladd, so far during the preseason, “is dong some good things.” Morgain said, “He’s really coming into this own. He’s developed a pretty good inside move now. He has that toughness in rebounding too.”

Morgan is looking at moving Cody Pritchard more out on the baseline.

“He’ll be more of a guard,” Morgan said. “We kind of did that last year. That’s more natural for him.”

Carter Pritchard will be more of a point guard, Morgan noted.

Booher, “plays really solid defense,” Morgan added. “He knows what’s going on and what’s expected of him. He’s a hard worker.”

Other teams will be starting their seasons on Tuesday.

The Wildcats will have three games prior to the holiday break. Their home opener is Dec. 14 with McBain.

“We should be solid,” Morgan said. “If we can stay healthy, I think we can definitely win more games than last year. The injury bug hurt us last season. We should be deeper this year.”

McBain and Manton should be among the toughest Highland teams, Morgan indicated.