The Flora Wolves return an experience ballclub to the court in 2016-17 for head coach Phil Leib after struggling to a 13-16 mark in 2015-16 against a brutal slate of games.
Coach Leib graduated just one starter and returns five of his top eight players from a season ago, which should bode well for a program that has had a great deal of success.
Season number 17 for this coach, who is a former player at this school, will feature veterans at every spot on the floor.
The backcourt should be a strong point as both starting guards return.
Five-foot-eleven senior Jeffery Gaither and 5-foot-10 senior Trevin Smith return.
Look for another senior guard to be in the mix; 5-foot-9 Jordan Winka.
Up front the Wolves will have 6-foot-4 junior Logan Moses and a pair of 6-foot-2 juniors; Owen Leib and Trenton Brown.
Six-foot-three Drew Woodrow, a junior forward, along with 5-foot-10 guard Landon Carder and 6-foot-2 Trevor White will help out in minutes in what seems to be an experienced crew.
If the fortunes of this program is going to do an about face, they must learn to win the close games.
According to Coach Leib, the Wolves lost eight close games in the final :30. Obviously had all eight of those defeats turned into wins, the season may have produced some hardware along the way.
“I think the LIC will be very competitive and balanced. Marshall has to be the favorite with fourstarters back along with Robinson who has some size returning,” said Coach Leib, who is nearing 300-wins for his career. “The rest of the field will a battle. I am excited about the Flora Wolves. I feel we have some very skilled players as well as some depth. It should be an exciting year and Lord willing be competitive each and every game. Offense should be more consistent but will have to get tougher defensively.”
N27-D2 Carlyle "Kaskaskian Classic" J19-25 LIC Tournament


Albion Edwards County J30 @ Altamont
D8 Lawrenceville F2 @ Casey-Westfield
D12 Mt. Carmel F3 @ Wayne City
D15 @ Marshall F6 Salem
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F8 @ Dieterich
J5 @ Robinson F9 Paris
J9 Woodlawn F13 Fairfield
J12 Highland F16 @ Bridgeport Red Hill
J16 @ Newton F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD