REED CITY —  Josh Saez is among the key returning players for the Reed City Coyotes who opened action this week at home against Cadillac on Tuesday and will start their Central State Activities Association season on Friday at Morley Stanwood.

Saez, a senior, is in his second varsity season.

“It went all right,” he said of his junior season, which included a 12-10 record in coach Dean McGuire’s first season. “We’ve settled down now and are getting used to what he wants.”

As point guard, Saez’s role basically hasn’t changed for the Coyotes.

“I’ll probably do more passing,” he said. “We’re not as tall as were last year. But we’ll be a lot quicker.”

He’s hoping to be a good 3-point shooter.

“I’d be happy with around 35 percent,” Saez said.

Saez played a key role on a Reed City football team that was 9-0 during the regular season. He’s also hoping to be a key contributor for the basketball squad. He’s confident the Coyotes can contend for the Central State Activities Association title.

“We’re not as tall as we were last year. We’re a lot quicker,” Saez said.

He expects Lakeview and Newaygo to be among the CSAA’s top teams.

Saez and Chad Samuels are among the returning starters for the Coyotes.

“We have a team that can go (close to) undefeated,” Saez said.