GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It's been a long journey for William Lawson-Body.

The senior forward for Grand Forks Central started out as a young player looking to the more experienced guys on the team for advice.

As the 2019-2020 season begins, he's the one teammates seek help from.

"It is a little different now, you don't have those older guys to look up to, but you know the younger guys are looking up to us so you got to set a good example for them," Lawson-Body said.

A season ago, he tallied 50 points as the Knights cruised to an undefeated season and a third straight state championship.

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Eight of the top nine scorers from that team, however, are gone this season. While the rest of the team figures out who will step up into different roles, Lawson-Body will counted on to carry some scoring and leadership burden.

"Not many people get to have that but I kind of just want to make sure I do the best of a job I can as a captain," he said. "Hopefully lead our boys to another state championship."

His coach, Grant Paranica, believes in him, seeing the traits of his leadership early on.

"He's a kid who never gets too high or too low, he's pretty even keel all the time," Paranica said. "You know he makes plays, when the times are critical, when the chips are down, he's a kid who can make plays."