The high school basketball season will get in full swing this weekend with St. Martin's Super Saturday serving as the Coast's biggest event.
It all starts with the St. Martin and Gulfport girls playing at 2:30 p.m. Three boys games will follow - Biloxi-Gautier at 4 p.m., Gulfport-Pass Christian at 5:30 p.m. and St. Martin-St. Stanislaus at 7 p.m.
St. Martin and Biloxi start the 2015-16 campaign as two of the favorites on the Coast to make a run at Jackson, but the Indians will have to contend early with an injury to their top player.
Junior forward Fred Ramsey-Thompson suffered a broken jaw while running the bleachers at Biloxi High's gym and will miss a couple of weeks, according to head coach Seber Windham.
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Ramsey-Thompson averaged 15 points a game last year and earned a scholarship offer from the University of New Orleans during the offseason.
"We'll try to keep the ship afloat until we get him back," Windham said.
Windham can rely on his returning starter at point guard, Jaylon Chiles, to lead the way to start the season.
Biloxi also added Harrison Central's leading scorer last year, Jordan Lewis, to the roster. The 5-foot-11 senior guard averaged 12.2 points last season for the Red Rebels.
St. Martin is coming off a 23-9 season that included the program's first trip to Jackson and the Yellow Jackets again start the season with state title hopes in Class 6A.
Senior Stacee St. Julian will run the show at point guard this season after averaging 17.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists a year ago.
"The goal this year is for Stacee to get everybody involved," St. Martin coach Charlie Pavlus said. "He can go get a basket when he wants. He's the most talented player in the south, but he's got to make everybody else better."
St. Martin loses its top scorer, Rodrick Sikes, to graduation, but Pavlus is confident in the players that will be surrounding St. Julian this year.
One player expected to make a significant step forward this year is junior guard Daetran Bivens, a sharp shooter that hit seven 3-pointer in one summer game.
"Bivens had a fantastic summer," Pavlus said. "He shot the ball really well. Daetran worked really hard this summer and led us in scoring."
Other players returning from last year's squad are senior Johnnelius Anderson, senior Jalen Lett, senior Kaleb Clark and senior Jonte Moultrie.
Pavlus expects to have a better rebounding squad with quality size across the board, including the 6-foot-5 Anderson, 6-foot-3 Moultrie and 6-foot-4 junior Da'Quan Gaudin.
"This is the biggest team I've ever had," Pavlus said.