It's that time of year again. Upper Peninsula high school girls basketball is already under way, while the boys hit the courts beginning Monday.
Which teams will turn in banner seasons? Ditto for U.P. players.
So many things can happen in every campaign. Injuries are a major factor and often determine the success or failure of a team.
Some teams and players will crank up their play a notch, while others may turn out to be underachievers.
It all makes for an interesting season, one which will likely offer many storylines.
Which takes us to the inaugural All-Remsburg Preseason Teams for players at local schools.
This will beg for disagreement, of course. Fans at schools not represented on the list will protest, saying a player - or players - from their favorite team should be included.
And there's always the chance a deserving player is overlooked, or another under our preseason radar turns in an unexpectedly strong campaign.
That's OK. It comes with the territory when one person's opinion is put out there for prep hoops fans across the area and U.P. to see.
That said, here's the All-Remsburg Preseason Teams for both boys and girls in our area, in no particular order:
Megan Manninen, Westwood, 5-4 senior guard; Emma Cole, Gwinn, 6-2 senior center; Courtney Waara, Negaunee, 5-4 senior guard; Vanessa Freberg, Superior Central, 5-8 sophomore guard-forward; and Ashley Vaughn, Manistique, 5-10 senior guard-forward.
Kenya Oas, Munising, 5-10 senior guard; Tanner Uren, Negaunee, 6-2 junior guard-forward; Zach French, Westwood, 5-10 senior guard; Mark Pap, Marquette, 6-5 junior center-forward; Kyle Tiglas, Manistique, 5-10 senior guard.
There are others who could have made the list, of course, like 5-8 senior guard Zach Marshall of Negaunee or 6-3 sophomore forward James Veker of L'Anse for the boys.
Or for the girls, 5-9 senior forward Berkley LaFreniere of Westwood or 5-5 senior guard Kalyssa Jenerou of Manistique.
How all these players do this season will depend on a lot of things:
So many factors can determine the success - or failure - of a player and his or her team.
Preseason hype and hopes don't necessarily guarantee a season to remember. If they did, a lot more players and teams would be successful.
More than likely, however, the aforementioned area players will rise to the occasion.
One thing is certain: It should be an interesting season.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is email@example.com.