Time will tell the first champion of the Crossroads Conference in boys basketball.

Time will tell the first champion of the Crossroads Conference in boys basketball.

Half of the eight teams have new coaches. Consequently, they did not participate in The Examiner’s poll to determine the champion that has enlarged to eight teams with the addition of Renaissance, St. Mary’s and Van Horn.

Thus, this is how the teams stack up in alphabetical order.

BARSTOW

Former University of Kansas player Billy Thomas is the Knights’ new coach.

He returns only Lawrence Brown and Scott McMeekin from a standout 22-5 conference championship team.

BUTLER

Butler rebuilds a 13-12 team around lettermen Blake Phelps and Tanner McGuire.

“We will be young and inexperienced,” coach Kevin Hill said. “We will have good depth and be able to hold our own defensively. We hope to be competitive in the conference.”

LEE’S SUMMIT COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN

LSCC could be one of the conference favorite because of lettermen Kameron Eaken, Mike Collier, Landon Berey, Kyle Lock, Tyler Jones, Matt Collier and Richard Chapman.

“We will be fast, high pressure and fun to watch,” coach Jake Kates said. “Our strength will be our unity. We want to win the conference.”

LSCC was 8-18 last season.

MARANATHA ACADEMY

Maranatha could be a contender because of lettermen Drew Swank, Devainte Williams, Robby Thomas, Zach Johnson, Riley Cray and Jaryd Dolimar from an 8-13 team.

“Devainte and Robby are talented players that will help us compete for the conference title,” coach Doug Rader said. “This could be a very good defensive team.”

RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

Renassiance comes off a successful 17-10 season. And with five lettermen returning more success is likely.

“We are young, but we are very quick,” coach Bryant Hunt said. “Our biggest weakness is our size.”

ST. MARY’S

Carlos Paige moves up from assistant to the head coach of the Trojans.

Returners from an 11-15 team are Alex Edwards, Jack Salva, Michael Thomason, Scott Lehane, Tomas Diaz, Sam Kenney, Drew Huttinger and Bobby Brock.

“Thanks to the foundation that Coach Bryon Jones and I laid over the past two years, I feel we are in a position to compete at a high level. We have a core of seniors that I think are ready to lead and a supporting cast ready to commit to the program. If I can keep that motivation and enthusiasm high throughout the season we can make some Trojan waves in the conference.”

SHERWOOD

Aaron Shaddox, Austin Nigh, Jacob Briggs and Brett Eddleman return to new coach Nate Butler.

“We are young, talented and have a lot of work to do,” Butler said. ‘We look forward to a promising season at Sherwood.”

VAN  HORN

New coach Daniel Bieser starts from scratch.

“I am new to Van Horn, new to the area,” Bieser said “I do know we are new to the conference and hoping to be competitive.”

The Falcons come off a tough 2-21 season.