The Monticello junior varsity boys basketball team opened its 2016-2017 season with losses to the Northeast Goose Lake Rebels and West Branch Bears.
The Northeast game was a typical hard-fought contest between these two rivals. The first half was characterized by tough defense and several lead changes. The Rebels led 16-14 at halftime. In the second half turnovers and poor shooting doomed the Panthers as Northeast pulled away for a 40-27 win. Jon Mootz led the Panthers with nine points.