The expectations for the upcoming boys' basketball season are high for three of the four local teams, as Burroughs High, Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson each believe that a league championship, or a top-three finish in league, is possible.
The other local squad, Providence, is also expecting to have a successful season, but its coach has had just more than a dozen practices and said he's looking for his team to continue to improve.
Each team will get an opportunity to gauge its expectations when the season begins. Bell-Jeff was the first local to see regular-season action when it played host to Armenian General Benevolent Union on Tuesday.
A week later, Burroughs will play Sierra Canyon in the Simi Valley Tournament and Burbank will take on Hollywood in its annual Burbank Tournament on Dec. 3.
Providence first-year Coach Chris Madigan won’t have any more time to evaluate his team before its season-opener, which will take place Dec. 3 in the paul Sutton Tournament.