TEXARKANA, Arkansas — The sky's the limit for the Arkansas High basketball program, after only losing one starter from last year's squad.
Sam Weaver is entering his fifth season at AHS and has lofty expectations for his group this upcoming season.
"I think we have a veteran group coming back," Weaver said. "We only lost one starter to graduation and everyone else is coming back. We've had some quality time with all of the guys returning during the offseason. They're very familiar with the system and they have a great deal of understanding.
"We have Jordan Jones, who returns for his third year for us. Nick Watson returns for us, which he's gotten bigger and stronger over the course of the offseason. We look forward to seeing his contributions for us this season. We also return Andre Reed, who also has been in our program for a little bit."
Weaver also expects to grab a few football athletes to join his basketball players, once Arkansas High finishes their Class 5A playoff run on the gridiron.
"Anton Harper is coming down but he's with the football team right now," Weaver said. "We have some quality guys that we can put all over the floor. Kyron Young is really energetic and he really gets after is. Mason Cornelius and Chris Watson are also two guys we are expecting contributions from.
"We feel good about all of our returning guys and their familiarity with the program. It's great to be in practice with guys like that because you don't have to say a whole lot, because there's so many things they know and understand. We're very optimistic about this season.
Arkansas High plays in the blended Class 5A/6A Conference, which allows the Hogs to play schools that they typically wouldn't play within their school-size conference.
"We don't really think that much about it," Weaver said. "We had a tough stretch of losing games last year by one or two points in overtime. It kinda frustrated me because last year we felt like we could win every ball game we went into last year. Hopefully, that will turn this year.
"Even the games on the road, we were right there. We let a few slip through our hands but hopefully those guys learned a lot from that."
2020-21 Arkansas High Razorbacks Basketball Schedule
Nov. 24 Arkadelphia 5 p.m.
Nov. 30 Dierks 5 p.m.
Dec. 1 Idabel 5 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Arkadelphia 5 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Camden Fairview 5 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Fouke 5 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Magnolia 5 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Ashdown 5 p.m.
Dec. 30 Foreman 2 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Pleasant Grove 5 p.m.
Jan. 8 x-at White Hall 5 p.m.
Jan. 12 x-Hot Springs 5 p.m.
Jan. 15 x-at Sheridan 5 p.m.
Jan. 19 x-El Dorado 5 p.m.
Jan. 22 x-at Hot Springs Lakeside 5 p.m.
Jan. 26 x-Lake Hamilton 5 p.m.
Jan. 29 x-Pine Bluff 5 p.m.
Feb. 2 x-White Hall 5 p.m.
Feb. 5 x-at Hot Springs 5 p.m.
Feb. 9 x-Sheridan 5 p.m.
Feb. 12 x-at El Dorado 5 p.m.
Feb. 16 x-Hot Springs Lakeside 5 p.m.
Feb. 19 x-at Lake Hamilton 5 p.m.
Feb. 23 x-Pine Bluff 5 p.m.
x-Class 5A/6A game