Bloomington Opens Practice Hungry And Hunted

Raiders Moving Up to 4A This Season

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - High school basketball practice around the state started Monday and Bloomington is ready for a challenge.

That's good because the 2017-18 season may be filled with challenges for last year's Class 3A state semifinalist. The Raiders have moved up to Class 4A this year and will play without guard Colton Sandage, who suffered a torn ACL during football season.

And this season, the Raiders won't be able to sneak up on anybody.

"The big difference is the expectations haven't changed," said BHS coach Micheal Mosley. "Except, we've always been the hunter and now teams are going to be eyeing us."

The Raiders graduated scorer Dazon Farris but ring back starters Chris Payton and Patrick Fisher.

"That's what we want," said Fisher, a senior guard. "People don't think we can play basketball down here at Bloomington. But we like that, we like a target on our backs. We like coming in as the underdogs and proving people wrong,"


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