A year after winning a section title, Belle Vernon slipped to third place a season ago.
The Leopards might have what it takes to reach the summit again this season.
Belle Vernon is off to a perfect start. The Leopards were 3-0 heading into Monday's Class AAA Section 4 opener against West Mifflin.
"Because of this team's attitude and work ethic, I think that this team can be in the hunt for the section title and/or a playoff berth," first-year coach Daryl Hixenbaugh said.