The Massac County Patriots enter this season once again relegated to 3A status in the four-class basketball system.
But that hasn't darkened the mood at this school as the other sports programs have done well and so has Coach Joe Hosman and his troops.
Despite having to battle much larger schools in the post-season (Marion eliminated Massac County in the 3A Regional last year) the regular season has shown that the Patriots are still a threat each year to win the SIRR Ohio Division.
Coach Joe Hosman enters his his 35th season as a head coach in high school basketball.
The last 29-years at Massac County.
The numbers are staggering; 698-wins with 585-wins at Massac. He is two wins away from becoming a member of the 700-win club.
He has racked up 12-regional titles, three sectional championships, two supersectional plaques and a second place trophy at the state finals in 2009 at Massac County. In his seven years coaching at Eldorado before arriving in Metropolis, Coach Hosman won another four regionals.
Coach Hosman, like most other successful coaches, will tell you he has been surrounded by great players and assistant coaches along with a strong supportive community and fan base. All of those things are true.
And so is the fact he has been a great mentor and teacher to literally hundreds of kids over the years.
As for the 2016-17 edition of Patriots' basketball, Coach Hosman has a pair of returning starters back from a 19-10 overall, 5-5 SIRR Ohio Division, club that took home the championship honors at both the Eldorado Holiday Tournament and the Vienna Thanksgiving Classic.
Six-foot-six senior Isaiah Thomson and 6-foot-1 Darian Roundtree return.
The other three spots remaining in the starting lineup and reserves will be decided in competition between five returning letter winners.
Six-foot-four senior Andrew Rennie, 6-foot senior Graham Lawson and 6-foot-1 senior Kris Miller have experience as do a pair of juniors; 6-foot-3 Cade Burgess and 6-foot-3 Blaze Mitchell.
“We will have to learn new roles for our team,” said Coach Hosman. “We must stay healthy and develop some depth from our unproven guys.”
N27-D2 Du Quoin "Tip-Off Classic" J26 Murphysboro


Marshall County "Hoopfest" J30 Ballard County (KY.)
D8 @ Murphysboro F2 @ Harrisburg
D9 @ Marion F3 Carterville
D15 Harrisburg F9 Herrin
D16 @ Anna-Jonesboro F10 Benton
D28-30 Eldorado Holiday Tournament F13 @ Eldorado
J5 @ Benton F16 West Frankfort
J12 @ West Frankfort F20 @ Herrin
J15-20 Metropolis "Superman Classic" F26-M2 IHSA Regional TBD