BALDWIN  — Blake Dockery has been working his way up through the Baldwin basketball program, starting in the elementary level, then onto junior high and last season on the varsity.

This season, Dockery, a sophomore, is expected to be a potential starter and main contributor.

“I’m very excited,” Dockery said, adding the physicalness of the varsity game will be a big adjustment from JVs.

Dockery, who also played varsity football, said he worked a lot during the offseason to get ready for basketball.

“I’ll be a guard,” he said. “I’m going to bring up the ball sometimes.”

Dockery anticipates on doing some ball handling and working with his teammates on the pressbreaker whenever opponents extend their defense.

“We have a lot of athleticism, so we can rebound,” he said. “We have a lot of shooters.”

Dockery anticipates on being an outside shooter and going for the 3-pointers. “Form and focus” is the key to having 3-point shooting success, he indicated.

The team continues to make progress, Dockery said, adding that Brethren, Onekama and Muskegon Heights will be among the toughest opponents Baldwin will see.

The Panthers lost several players from last year’s team.

“I feel we have a lot of athletic guys,” Dockery said. “I think we’ll be very good.”

The Panthers will open at Pentwater on Dec. 8 and be at home Dec. 10 against Walkerville. Another home game prior to the holiday break is Dec. 15 with Mason County Eastern.