Collin Lockard (right) and Skyline played this summer in a team camp at Middle Tennessee State University.  The rising senior all-state center is one of four returning Skyline starters.

The Skyline varsity boys basketball team molded into one of Class 1A’s top teams last season.

The Vikings posted a 24-9 record, extended their area tournament title winning streak to 10th consecutive and won the Jackson County Tournament championship before eventually advancing to the Class 1A Northeast Regional finals.

With all but one player returning — starting point guard Casey Kendall — Skyline went into the summer just looking to fine tune and continue building in anticipation of making another run this coming season.

Skyline played nine games this summer, all coming during a team camp at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

The Vikings went 4-5 at the team camp, and all of their opponents were Tennessee schools.

“Our summer objective was to see where we’re at for when we start back,” said Skyline assistant coach T.J. Perry. “We wanted to see if the kids had improved (since the end of the season). Once we saw that, we felt good about it.”

Playing for the Vikings this summer were rising seniors Dylan Bickers, Austin Hollingsworth, Collin Lockard, Colton Lockard, Conner Lockard, Kordell Talley, Dawson Wynn, Sylvania transfer Jaxon White and rising junior Jaylon Clements.

““We’ve got all but one of them back,” Perry said. “We know what they can do. They’re all veteran guys now. They played pretty well against some really good teams (this summer).”

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