EVART \u2014 Kevin Mills has had several successful cross country teams in his years as Evart coach and is expecting the same this year. The 2016 squad won the first two Highland Conference meets and went to the state finals, along with two members of the girls team. But the team graduated two key seniors. \u201cJosh Woods was a great leader and hard worker, acting as an assistant coach when needed,\u201d Mills recalled. \u201cHe was an All State athlete and scholar. Brooke Belleville was great athlete that ran a 60-second PR at the regional meet to finish seventh.\u201d Senior Sarah Nelson returns for the girls team and qualified for the state meet. Mills is looking for this boys team to contend for the conference title and score better than eighth at state. He again wants to see two girls make it to the state meet in November. \u201cA strong team bond,\u201d will be an asset, Mills said. \u201cWe want to be peaking at the end of the season.\u201d Mills hopes to see the boys team excel with Austin and A lex Hamilton, plus Nathan Woods. \u201cI will put Manton as the conference champions, but will give our best to make Evart No. 1,\u201d Mills said. The Wildcats started practices on Aug. 9 and were slated to start the season Tuesday at Chippewa Hills.