The familiar sound of basketballs hitting gym floors could be heard in gymnasiums across Door and Kewaunee counties on Monday.
Along with gymnastics and hockey, Monday marked the first day the area's girls' basketball teams could practice.
In the Packerland Conference, Kewaunee was the top-performing team last year with a 13-3 conference record and a second-place finish behind Oconto. Sevastopol and Algoma joined the Storm as they only local teams to win at least nine Packerland games last season. It was a youth movement last year for the conference as Gibraltar's Andie Schar, Sevastopol's Naomi Rikkola and Libby Ash, Southern Door's Kendra Shimon, and Algoma's Ryley Zimmerman and Sierra Slaby were among the local players that were sophomores or younger and still gathered All-Packerland honors.
In the North Eastern Conference, Luxemburg-Casco finished 10-6 in conference play thanks partly to graduated senior and 2021-2022 Player of the Year Taylor Thiry and her double-double average for points and rebounds. Magdeline Hanmann is the top returning scorer, averaging under four points per game last season.
You can look below to see the first game for each local team below:
Algoma: 11/15 @ Ashwaubenon
Luxemburg-Casco: 11/17 @ Algoma
Gibraltar: 11/15 @ Two Rivers
Kewaunee: 11/15 vs. Wrightstown
Sevastopol: 11/15 vs. Suring
Southern Door: 11/18 @ Wausaukee
Sturgeon Bay: 11/18 vs. Chilton