Carey brings speed, savvy
to the court
Experience a plus for
Plenty of varsity
experience and foot speed are likely to be the biggest weapons for the 2002-03
Carey School boys’ varsity basketball team that is ready to open its 18-game
regular-season slate on the court.
Simpson, entering his first full year at the Panther varsity helm, will unveil
the 12-player Carey squad Thursday, Dec. 5 when Oakley visits the Carey gym for
a non-conference doubleheader at 6 p.m.
very big so we’ll have to rely on our foot speed. We’re fairly fast, which
should be one of our big strengths when everyone gets back healthy," said
Carey is banged
up with football injuries. Sparkplug Robbie Ellsworth and three-year varsity
veteran John Saili both injured their knees in the football playoff game at
Notus. Destry Simpson, another key senior, is still mending his knee injury.
But with nine
seniors and three juniors, Carey is the most experienced squad in the seven-team
Northside Conference—an advantage coach Simpson hopes to put to good use in
Carey’s drive back to contention.
Carey, losing its
longtime head coach Lee Cook to a reluctant mid-season resignation, suffered
through a turbulent season last winter. They scored plenty (56.3 ppg), but gave
up nearly as many (56.0 ppg) on defense.
(11-10) won seven of their final nine regular-season games to earn the second
seed in the Northside tournament, but they faded quickly with upset losses to #7
Camas County and The Community School.
Shoshone (20-8) ran the table with 15 league wins including its 70-53
championship game decision over Dietrich last Feb. 18, then the Indians fell to
eventual state runner-up Castleford (25-2) in the Fourth District title game.
Shoshone finished fourth at state.
graduated four All-Leaguers including sharpshooter Jackson Uhrig, and Dietrich
(15-14) said goodbye to seven seniors including All-League second-teamers Chris
Maughan and Mark Telford.
took a toll on Bliss (seven seniors including Calib Burk), Camas County (five
including Brandon Blodgett) and Richfield (five including Cade Norman).
And that’s one
reason coach Simpson is saluting The Community School of Sun Valley, which lost
only three seniors, as one of the pre-season favorites in the Northside.
"Ketchum will be a toughie," he said. "And Dietrich has 12 on
varsity this year."
Carey is the favorite—having graduated only one senior. "That’s what I
hear," said Simpson with a laugh.
revolves around senior Shawn Hennefer, who averaged 16.7 ppg on the unbeaten
Panther JV two winters ago and led Carey with 333 points (15.9 ppg) including 33
three-pointers last year.
Sharing the point
guard position will be senior Destry Simpson (9.9 ppg), senior Robbie Ellsworth
(6.5 ppg) and junior K.C. Rivera, playing varsity for the first time.
John Saili, a 6-2
senior, has been sweeping the glass for two winters. He averaged 7.0 ppg last
year. But Saili has more help in the paint.
Up from the
junior varsity are 6-3 Blake Surerus and 6-2 Ty Simmons, both juniors.
said, "Blake brings us a little more toughness around the boards. Ty can
play tough in the post position and he can also hit from the outside."
aren’t really tall by basketball standards, 6-0 Stephen Jurgensmeier and 5-11
Kole Peck take up a lot of room. "Stephen and Kole box out well," said
Simpson about the two Panther seniors.
"We’ll try to get our running game going with rebounds and then establish
a good inside game. Hopefully we’ll be better shooting from the outside with
Shawn, Destry and Ty."
Rounding out the
roster are seniors Sean Cenarrusa, Seth Adamson and Joseph Patterson.
On defense Carey
will focus on man-to-man and try to create turnovers with pressure defense.
"Hopefully we’ll have 32 minutes of pressure defense," Simpson said.
games. Just two years removed from placing second in the state tourney, Carey is
a proven winner in the 1A basketball wars. Panther varsity teams boast a 195-96
record in 12 campaigns since 1991.
done it by building a strong program.
varsity won the Northside tournament for a second straight year with a 46-33
decision over Bliss. Many of the current Panther players played on the coach
Simpson’s unbeaten Carey JV squad that was 22-0 in 2001.
On this year’s
Carey JV coached by Hollis Pincock are Devin Simpson, Tadd Green, Tyler Cook,
Bryan Hill, Brian Adamson, Luke Harmon, MaKay Nielson, Ben Nielson, Cody
Hennefer, Bryson Ellsworth, Hugo Chavez and Max Adamson.
Holiday tournament Friday
Carey will be
looking to make a better showing in its annual Carey Holiday Tournament this
Last year Carey
lost its opener 50-45 to Oakley and dropped a 63-53 consolation game decision to
Mackay. Glenns Ferry won last year’s holiday meet 60-50 over Oakley. In fact,
the 2A Pilots swept the boys’ varsity, JV and girls’ varsity titles last
year on the Carey hardwoods.
Joining Carey for
the four-team boys’ varsity and JV tourney are 1A Mackay, 1A Hansen and 2A
plays Challis Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the old gym and Carey’s varsity
takes on Challis at 8 p.m. Friday in the new gym. Saturday’s JV games are at 5
p.m. and the varsity finals take place at 8 p.m.