GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Covenant Christian boys basketball team is returning four starters from last year's team that went 21-6 and made it all the way to the Class C state finals.
"The seniors are a special group," Coach Tyler Schimmel said. "(I'm) excited to see them back on the court again. It's been a little bit since March, and I'm excited to see what they can do as leaders of our team now."
And this year the team is going to continue challenging themselves by filling their schedule with Class A and Class B schools in addition to their 20 regular season games.
"Yeah, we try to fill our schedule with some good teams to prepare us, because we know there will be some really good teams we have to play in the tournament," senior Nate Minderhoud added. "We think playing the best schools and the biggest schools will help prepare us for that."
Coach Schimmel agreed. "We're an independent school, so we have that opportunity to play a lot of top tier teams in the area. So we're looking forward to that challenge. There will be a lot of nights where we will have to be prepared, and I think our guys will be excited for that, and our fans will, as well."
The Chargers kick off their season Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Unity Christian.