PESHTIGO — This season has potential to be a special one for the Peshtigo boys basketball team.

After losing just one senior while returning four starters and several talented bench players; depth and experience are two characteristics the Bulldogs should be able to rely on for the 2018-19 season. 

“This is the most experience by far we’ve had since I’ve been coaching,” Peshtigo coach Nate Motkowski said. “We have almost everyone back from last year and some of our seniors have been playing extensively since their sophomore year.”

Entering his fifth year at the helm, Motkowski has the luxury of 10 seniors and several other players that could get a start at any point of the season.

“Our depth is phenomenal,” said Motkowski. “Everyone pushes each other to be better. We have so many players that can start, it will just make everyone work harder.”

Last year’s leading scorer — senior Mitchell VanVooren — recently committed to compete in track and field for Marquette University in NCAA Division I. Motkowski said VanVooren is a lanky guard/forward combination capable of contributing on both offense and defense. 

“The sky’s the limit for Mitchell and I expect another great year from him,” Motkowski said. “We’re a fast-breaking team and he fits that perfectly. I really don’t think we all know how good he can be yet.”

Motkowski said a pair of senior forwards — Cameron Noffke and Nathan Goneau — will be counted on to share the scoring load. Goneau missed most of last season with a knee injury, but played varsity as a sophomore. Noffke also dealt with a knee injury a year ago, but finished as the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer.

Seniors Trent Carriveau and Reid Marquardt return at guard, as does junior Cade Tackmier.

Motkowski also has high hopes for senior guard Damon Jones, who he said had a stellar offseason and could also factor into the starting lineup.

Other seniors who will factor in off the bench are forward Darren Dionne, forwards Joe Sodini and Ezra Swanson and guard Travis Plym.

Juniors Breyden Demmith, Tanner Marquardt and Jake Dionne will also see minutes off the bench as Motkowski tries to balance the Bulldogs’ present and future.

“I expect us to have a different scoring leader every night and there’s a good chance someone off the bench could lead us in scoring some nights as well,” Motkowski said. “We’ll be working to find playing some for Breyden, Tanner and Jake because we’ll also need them for next year.”

Motkowski expects Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay to be the Bulldogs’ toughest matchups in pursuit of a Packerland Conference championship.

“We’ll have a heck of a battle with those two teams as well as the rest of the conference,” Motkowski said. “Every game in the Packerland prepares us for the playoffs and only makes us better.”

The Bulldogs open their season on the road at Marinette, Tuesday.