Red Devil teams start with young boys team and experienced girls
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School boys’ basketball team may not have any starters returning from last year’s squad, but one advantage may be that the heartbreak of the 2014 Eastern A Divisional Tournament won’t be on the minds of most players.
The Red Devils lost two games by one possession at the tournament last season, and these young Red Devils will look to move on.
“Jarod Asche is our most experienced returner,” DCHS boys head coach Wade Murphy said. “We have a very inexperienced squad, but they are working hard to improve every day, and they are a great bunch of kids to coach.”
Asche, a junior, will be joined on the varsity squad by classmates Bret Vester, Josh Hoffer, Taylor Conrad, Carson Oakland, and Cody Rossi.
Sophomores on the boys basketball rosters include Jory Opp, Joel Christopherson, Wyatt Buxbaum, Baxter Baker, Logan LeProwse, and Jameson Crisafulli.
Dillon Silvernale and Stefan Stubbs, the lone seniors on the team, will try to set an example for the wave of youth on the team.
DCHS had 34 boys turn out for basketball tryouts in total, including 12 freshmen.
The girls have plenty of players returning from a team that struggled last season, but they have a great weapon to make some noise in the Eastern A in senior and Second Team All-Conference center Maria Zimdars. DCHS head coach Kayla Rivas said Zimdars leadership has been “great for our young girls and our program.”
Joining Zimdars from last year’s squad are Teia Knutson, Sara Hilbert, Lexi Petterson, Taya Torres, Wyniah Mintz, and last season’s Most Improved Player, Chancey Fink. With another year of experience playing together, the Lady Red Devils will look to find a second scorer to take the pressure off Zimdars in the paint.
Carrie Nagle, Savannah Keiser, Alandra Hartley, Breilyn Riggin, Averie Skillestad, Makenna Begger, Syrell Dufner, Stephanie Carney and Kendra Zander will round out the varsity and JV rosters.
There were 27 girls that went out for the team this year, including 11 freshman.
The DCHS girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will scrimmage in the DCHS gymnasium on Saturday at 5:30 and 7 p.m., respectively. It will be an opportunity for coaches to determine who will start and who will come off the bench for the first games on Dec. 5.
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