Head coach: Nick Porter, second season
2016 record: 11-16 (2-6 Northwest, fourth)
Returning lettermen (starters): Seven (four)
Top players: OH David Toole (Sr.), LIB Bryson Sadama (Sr.), S Josh Sadama (Sr.)
Outlook: The Diamondbacks bring back four starters from last year’s squad and welcome Toole, who transferred from Silverado.
“We look to be competitive despite losing a couple of strong seniors last year,” Porter said. “What we have lost in offensive strength we have more than made up for with leadership, team chemistry and a more well-balanced, dynamic offense. These guys are starting to believe in themselves and are beginning to run a more consistent and disciplined style of play which will hopefully help us gain an edge this season.
“We’re a strong contender to return to playoffs, but ranking will depend on our development. The team is excited about the season and looks to build on the hard work invested in last year’s season and come up with more conference wins.”