Muskego's girls basketball team is ready to make a jump in the Classic 8 standings.
After experiencing growing pains of a young roster over the past three seasons, the Warriors will mix 10 experienced letter winners with talented younger players coming up from the lower levels.
Eighth-year coach Brian Hirtz will have four starters back from a team that finished 12-12 overall last season, a six-game improvement from a 6-17 mark in 2014-15 and a far cry from when Muskego won just one game in 2013-14.
Muskego returns 95 percent of its scoring from last season, led by junior Maddy Harrison and senior Hannah Kath.
Harrison earned first team All-Classic 8 honors after averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while Kath averaged 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds to grab second team All-Classic 8.
Senior point guard Andrea Mlachnik (3.0 points, 3.3 assists) and senior Leah Bolskar (3.3 points) also return after starting last season.
The Warriors will have to replace Emily Schulte, who was honorable mention all-conference after averaging 7.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Other letter winners back for Muskego are sophomore Kenni Czarnecki (6.0 points), sophomore Kenzie Balcerak, junior Kate Brandstatter (5.9 points), junior Sarah Anderson (6.4 points) and senior Isabel Maier.
Muskego will also have promising young players joining its core, as the Warriors' freshman and junior varsity teams combined to go 34-8 last season. Talented incoming freshman Savannah Balcerak is expected to impact the varsity team, while juniors Hannah Schneider, Nina Radjenovich and Clare Mlachnik will join the roster.
The Warriors are hoping the mix of experience and youth will help them improve in the Classic 8, as Muskego has finished in seventh or eighth place in the conference in each of the past three seasons.
Arrowhead is thought of as one of the top teams in the state, while Kettle Moraine returns most its roster from a team that won a share of the Classic 8 title last season. Usual powers Mukwonago and Waukesha West will have numerous holes to fill, giving the Warriors a chance to move into the top half of the league standings for the first time since joining the conference in 2012.
Muskego was scheduled to open its season Nov. 15 at Waterford before returning home to host Kenosha Tremper on Nov. 18.