Weed High School's boys basketball team got off to a 2-0 start, including Thursday's 74-72 win over Chester in the first round of the annual Block F Tournament at Fall River in McArthur.

The Cougars are scheduled to play Modoc Friday evening in a Block F semifinal.

With a varsity roster featuring six seniors, six juniors, and a sophomore, Weed opened the season Tuesday night at home by defeating Butte Valley, 58-28.

Junior guard Edgar Casorla scored 11 points against Butte Valley and sophomore forward Rashaan Broomfield 10.

Senior forward Joshua Rodgers and junior forward Aidan Hagarty both had 9 points and 6 rebounds; junior guard Spencer Hall scored 6, senior forward Matthew Morgan 4, junior guard Carlos Sanchez 2, senior post Jamie Haosouphanthong 2, senior post Jonathan Bergquist 2, junior forward Trevor Shaffer 2, and junior guard Michael Logue 1.

Senior Noa Traylor, a returning all-leaguer, did not play in the opener.

Shaffer was honorable mention all-league as a sophomore last year.

The seniors and juniors on this year's varsity team won a co-league JV championship two years ago as sophomores and freshmen. Last year's JV team lost only 2 games and finished second in league.

Head coach Mike Carpine said he expects it to take some time for this year's team to reach its full potential. "We'll be better than last year," said Carpine, whose 2011-12 Cougars were 3-7 in league and 8-16 overall after two consecutive league championship seasons.

Carpine likes his team's depth. "We've got guys who can come off and contribute," he said. "It's competitive in practice."

The Weed coach sees Mount Shasta, Modoc, and Trinity as being among the top teams in a "tough" Shasta Cascade League.