The Maine high school basketball season begins this evening and both the Kennebunk High and Wells High boys teams will be in action.

WELLS

The Wells High School boys basketball team reached the Class B state championship game for the second straight season last winter. The Warriors fell in the state final to Hermon to end their season at 15-7.

Coach Troy Brown has several key returners from last year's squad including seniors Matt Sherburne, Tyler Bridge and Dylan Whitney (all starters on last year's team). Joining them are juniors Matt Ouelette, Matt Tufts, and Covey Dufort.

Newcomers who are looking to contribute include juniors Nate Chandler and Payton MacKay and sophomores Caleb Corey and Gavin Leighton.

"Our goal is to always make the tournament and try to go deep," said Brown. "We are looking to run again, when possible - let Sherburne create and Bridge can play inside and out.

"Whitney will be our top defensive player again this season. Leighton can shoot and Tufts and Ouelette will add some shooting and bulk inside. MacKay is a versatile player who can guard many positions and Dufort will fill the #1 and #2 spot along with Corey."

Wells gets going tonight at Waynflete before their home opener on Monday against

KENNEBUNK

First-year coach David Leal is ready to lead the Kennebunk High boys basketball team as they begin their regular season this evening. Leal has several key returners from a team that went 11-9 a year ago - losing to Westbrook in the A South quarterfinals.

Top returners: seniors Cam Lovejoy, Zack Sullivan and Tripp Bush, and juniors Max Murray and Kyle Pasieniuk.

Newcomers who should help this year include senior Ariel Calandri and sophomores Adam Lux and Sam Tartre.

Leal's goal for the team is to compete for the top spot in Class A South. That quest begins today.

Kennebunk opens its season tonight at Biddeford with a 7 p.m. start - immediately after the girls varsity game.