Menomonie is coming of a 7-2 overall season and a second place finish in the Big Rivers Conference.
Memories of last year's hail mary playoff loss to La Crosse Logan still linger, but this years Mustangs are ready to forge their own identity and continue the winning tradition that has helped Joe LaBuda's squads to playoff births year after year.
"Each year is a different year and that is the fun thing about being a coach, it's like having a new job every year. This is a group of kids that does not have a lot of experience, but they are a hard working group. I like what I see so far a this point. A big part in any season is how to the senior and juniors mesh together and that remains to be seen. "
For Chippewa Falls, last year was struggle, with the team finishing the season with a 1-7 overall record , their first losing record since 2009.
Hall of fame coach Chuck Raykovich has 213 career wins under his belt and hopes that this years squad can turn it around, but knows the road will be tough playing in the talented Big Rivers Conference.
"I think we are going to play with some excitement, I think the kids are having fun . They are positive and we are going to build on that. We are going to have fun, I expect the bast out of these kids and that is all I can ask as a coach. They give us the best, that is all we can ask for."