Get ready for the 2019-20 winter sports season with team previews from The Chippewa Herald for Chippewa County basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics and boys swimming.
The Chi-Hi boys hockey team returns 16 letterwinners from last year's sectional qualifier as the Cardinals look to make some noise on the ice this winter.
The Chi-Hi/Menomonie girls hockey team has a new mascot and returns a solid core for a program that has improved its win total each season in recent years.
The McDonell boys basketball team returns starters Eion Kressin and JD Bohaty along with many of other options in the lineup for second-year coach Adam Schilling.
The McDonell girls basketball team returns starters Maggie Craker, Lauryn Deetz and Anna Geissler but will lean on its defense while developing other options on offense.
The Bloomer boys basketball team will have a new lineup for third-year coach Greg Van Grunsven following heavy departures from graduation.
The Bloomer girls basketball team will have options on the perimeter and in the post for this year's Heart O'North Conference title defense.
The Lake Holcombe girls basketball team returns three All-East Lakeland Conference players to mesh with several athletes expected to take on larger roles.
The Lake Holcombe boys basketball team returns four starters as the Chieftains start the chase for their second East Lakeland title in three seasons.
The Chi-Hi girls basketball team returns 13 players with varsity experience including a strong eight-player senior class as the Cardinals take aim at the program's ninth straight Big Rivers Conference title and more.
The New Auburn boys basketball team returns experience down low and on the perimeter as the Trojans aim to contend in the East Lakeland Conference.
The Cornell girls basketball team aims to improve on the offensive end of the floor with a solid cast of returning players.
The Cadott girls basketball team looks to blend experience and youth to form a competitive and versatile lineup.
The Cadott boys basketball team returns a pair of starters and several more contributors for first-year coach Dusty Burish.
The Chi-Hi wrestling team will be leaning on an experienced group of upperclassmen to lead the way this winter.
Both the Cadott and Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee wrestling teams return state champions and talented depth as they push for a Cloverbelt Conference championship and more.
With its head coach away from the team due to illness, members of the Chi-Hi boys swimming team have all taken on more responsibilities and remained focused while getting off to a strong start.