JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The reigning Section IV Class A champion Johnson City Wildcats are ready to repeat in order to three-peat.
"Our team goals stay the same every year," Johnson City head coach Bill Spalik said.
Of course, that top goal being to capture another Section IV title.
"Repeat our sectional championship," senior center Adam Burns said.
"Repeat, again, as the section champs," senior guard Alex Lopez reiterated.
"Repeat in our division, win a division title," Spalik added.
But with standout Patrick Garey off to college, a freshman on the Hartwick men's basketball team, the Wildcats are looking for senior Ladarius Thompson and sophomore Xavier Hill to step up in his absence.
"Leaders for this program would probably be Xavier Hill and Ladarius Thompson, because they're important players for our program," Burns explained.
"Ladarius [Thompson] was an All-Conference guard for us last year," said Spalik. "He knows that he's going to be responsible for being our offensive catalyst, to get things going."
"I just focus on getting assists, helping other players do what they have to do to get it done on the court, and helping them with leadership, basically just keep the team happy," Thompson said.
"Xavier [Hill] has done a great job at working on his game," said Spalik. "He got an opportunity to play with some really competitive AAU basketball teams. He's physically grown, he's mentally grown, and I look forward to those two having a really good season."
The Wildcats are back-to-back back Section IV champions. That experience can help them as they prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
"We have a lot of athletes on our team and great pieces," said Lopez. "We just have to put them together, and we'll be able to create a good program for the next couple of years."
"We just need to consistently work everyday and get better at the things that we do," said Spalik. "That way, hopefully, we can compete night in and night out."
Johnson City's first game of the season is slated for Friday, December 8 at home against Athens.