The winter sports season is officially upon us, with the boys hockey and girls basketball teams all getting their first practices in Monday. The girls hockey season already began a couple of weeks ago.

Last season, the Brainerd Warriors narrowly edged St. Cloud for the Central Lakes Conference boys hockey crown. Brainerd finished with a 10-0 record, including a 2-0 mark against St. Cloud. The St. Cloud co-op team finished 10-2.

The Cathedral boys hockey team finished with a 20-8 overall record, including an 8-3 win over St. Cloud at Hockey Day Minnesota, before falling to Alexandria in the section final.

The Willmar Cardinals took the CLC girls basketball crown in 2017-18 with a 14-0 record, while Sartell finished with a metro-best 11-5 record. Cathedral finished a half-game behind Zimmerman in the Granite Ridge Conference.