Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Boys’ basketball outlooks for Carey, TCS


Coming off a state championship football season, Carey High School boys jumped right back into competition this week starting their 20-game 2010-11 boys' basketball slate.

The Panthers hosted Magic Valley Christian Tuesday night and go against Lighthouse Christian and Hagerman on back-to-back evenings Thursday and Friday, both at home.

It's an expanded and tougher Northside Conference this winter, nine teams instead of eight—and the extra team is a tough one in Castleford, last year's State 1A Division 1 runner-up with a 23-2 record.

"Castleford is the favorite, the team to beat," said Carey's longtime coach Dick Simpson.

Winning is something the Panther boys (367-134 in 20 seasons since 1991) do very well on the basketball court and this season should be no exception—although Carey might be hard pressed to post a sixth consecutive 20-win season.

That's because 2010 State 1A Division 2 tournament runner-up Carey (23-3, outscoring foes 62-46 on the average) graduated top scorers like Brett Adamson, Dillon Simpson and Trevor Peck who accounted for 67% of the 1,612 Panther points scored.

But Carey always has players in the wings, in fact, 25 boys from grades 9-12 are practicing. "Tradition runs deep at Carey and that's what counts. We're coming off a great football season. That builds confidence," said head coach Simpson.

Carey is the reigning Northside Conference champ, winner of five league tournament titles in eight years. The Panthers are 18-12 in their last eight state tourney trips. They've made state 14 times in 18 years.

Tenth-year coach Simpson (196-43) said, "I think we've made the kids buy into the program and that's been our success. Our ultimate goal is to make it to the state tournament. It's not how you start the season, it's how your finish.

"We break down our goals into things reachable at different times of the season. Like, we always want to win all our home games and half of our away games. If we lose a home game, we try to make up for it by winning one on the road.

"Here's an example. We'd like to shoot 75% from the free throw line. That's tough—last year's team shot 62%, but it's something to shoot for."

Carey will certainly have a good leader in that regard and in many respects in Blair Peck (9.2 ppg), last year's third-leading scorer who averaged 13.0 ppg in the state tournament. Peck shot 76% from the free throw line last winter.

This year's seniors are 31% 3-point shooter Peck, Shane Bingham, Brandon Dilworth, Jacy Baird, Caleb Cenarrusa and Joe Laidlaw.

Juniors on the 11-player Panther varsity are Charlie Rivera, Chance Chavez, Jack Cenarrusa, Baley Barg and Dillon Cenarrusa.

Simpson said, "We don't have a dominant post player—our biggest is 6-1—and we've lost quite a bit from last year, but these kids want to step up. They went to every summer game. And they seem to have the attitude of 'want to' that makes up for a lot of ability."

He said, "We'll have to rely on speed and go back to pressing, and also play great defense. We'll have to create turnovers and keep our turnovers down.

"Castleford, Dietrich and us should be the top teams. Murtaugh will be right in there."

Eighth-year Carey junior varsity coach Danny Simpson has won five Northside JV tourney titles in his reign including last February's 51-48 comeback win over defending JV king Dietrich, in Dietrich.

Barg and Dillon Cenarrusa led Carey's 15-5 fourth-quarter comeback in that game, and Chavez was the team's top scorer. And this year, coach Danny Simpson has another promising crop of sophomores and ninth-grade players.

JV sophomores are Jace Koudelka, Gunner Thompson, Sheldon Hansen, Jordan Dilworth, Glen Andrews, Patrick Baird, Francisco Gamino and Garrett Lee. The incoming freshmen are Christian Zarate, Tori Alvarez, Luis Garcia, Quinnton Adams, Bryson Van Every and Alex Ramsey.

Youth movement boosts Cutthroat boys' hoops

By JASON LYNCH
Express Staff Writer

With freshmen accounting for nearly three-fourths of his roster, first-year Community School boys' basketball coach Erik Olson feels the 2010-11 season will be a "trial by fire" kind of experience.

That feeling isn't putting a damper on the enthusiasm of the 24-year-old head coach from Vermont and Linfield College.

"The team is loaded with younger players so we will see a lot of improvement over the season," said Olson. "We're looking forward to building another good team with freshmen as the starting point."

Olson, assisted this season by former TCS girls' coach Willy Felton, takes his team into a new-look Northside Conference that in 2010-11 features nine teams. Five teams will compete in the North Division and four teams in the South.

North Division teams are Camas County of Fairfield, last year's 1A Division 2 state runner-up Carey, The Community School, Dietrich and Richfield. The South Division is made up of 2010 State 1A Division 1 runner-up Castleford, Bliss, Lighthouse Christian and Murtaugh.

The 13-player Cutthroat program will field both varsity and junior varsity teams in the 2010-11 season, meaning many players will have to double-up on game days.

First games on the 14-game schedule were Tuesday at home against Lighthouse Christian.

Olson knows that playing some on both varsity and junior varsity will be a test, but he hopes the experience will pay dividends down the road.

The Cutthroats have lost four productive starters from last year's 13-8 squad including Senegalese standout Daniel Gomis (20.4 ppg), who transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Others gone are Paul Davis (11.1 ppg, 22 3-pointers), Will Brokaw (6.3 ppg) and Tanner Flanigan (4.9 ppg).

Olson welcomes back three players from last year's squad.

They are 5-8 senior guard Eli Albarran, 6-5 junior forward Henry Rickbeil and 5-9 sophomore guard Colton Sholtis. The other upperclassman is 5-9 senior swingman Dylan Prescott who returns to the program after a two-year hiatus.

This will be the 28th season of Cutthroat basketball including 17 varsity seasons and 10 as a junior varsity-only program.

It wasn't long ago that program founder and 25-year coach Mike Wade (108-179 varsity) boasted teams with players like Carson Sofro, John Hayes, Luke McCann and Jimmy Fairchild. Coach Ed Flory (17-25) guided the team the last two winters.

Olson is hoping his youngsters can, in a sense, take the program back to the future.

"I am told that Mike Wade built the program up over the years and coached some really good teams," said Olson. "I would like us to be competitive in the league every year and build on what earlier coaches did."

Players making up the Cutthroat youth movement include nine freshmen.

They are 5-10 guard Taylor Adler; 5-9 guard Bobby Corker; 5-7 guard Doug DuFur; 5-6 guard/forward Jake Flaherty; 5-10 forward Nick Krekow; 5-11 forward Sam Rogers; 5-7 guard Reed Roudabush; 5-8 forward Ben Swift; and 5-7 guard Nick Wright.

Olson said, "The players are getting so much better each day, and that's all we ask from them as coaches. If they keep focusing on that improvement, we will have a fun season."

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2010-11 Carey Boys Basketball Schedule

A total 20 games on the schedule for the 2010-11 Carey boys' varsity; 10 home and 10 away. Home games at Carey School gym. Of the 20 games, 8 are Northside Conference North Division varsity match-ups. The 8 North Division games are identified with an *, and the 4 South Division games with **. Home varsity games in bold. In general, starting times are 6 p.m. JV and 7:30 p.m. varsity. When the girls and boys play on the same night, the boys' JV starts 4:30 p.m., girls' varsity 6 p.m. and boys' varsity at 7:30 p.m.

DATE, DAY OPPONENT LOCATION

Nov. 23, Tuesday WRHS/Hagerman jamboree Hagerman, 6:00

Nov. 30, Tuesday MV Christian** Home, 7:00

Dec. 2, Thursday Lighthouse** Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 3, Friday Hagerman Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 4, Saturday Challis Away, 3:30/6:00

Dec. 6, Monday ISDB (JV) Gooding, 6:30

Dec. 7, Tuesday Castleford** Away, 6/7:30

Dec. 9, Thursday Bliss (JV) Home, 6:30

Dec. 10, Friday Oakley Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 14, Tuesday Murtaugh** Away, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 17, Friday Community School* Home, 6/7:30

Dec. 18, Saturday Butte County Arco, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 4, Tuesday Valley of Hazelton Home, 6/7:30

Jan. 11, Tuesday Butte County Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 13, Thursday Oakley Away, 6:00/7:30

Jan. 14, Friday Dietrich* Away, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 17, Monday ISDB (JV) Home, 6:30

Jan. 18, Tuesday Camas Cty. (V)* Home, 7:30

Jan. 21, Friday Richfield* Away, 6:00/7:30

Jan. 25, Tuesday Comm. School* Sun Valley, 4:30/7:30

Feb. 1, Tuesday Dietrich* Home, 4:30/7:30

Feb. 3, Thursday Camas County (V)* Fairfield, 7:30

Feb. 5, Saturday Hagerman Away, 1/2:30/4

Feb. 11, Friday Richfield* Home, 6/7:30

Feb. 14, Monday Northside 1A Div. 2 Murtaugh

Feb. 24, Thursday Northside 1A Div. 2 final Murtaugh

Feb. 26, Saturday State play-in game American Falls, 3:00

March 3, Thursday State 1A Div. 2 tourney Caldwell High School

NOTES—The 2011 4th District 1A Division 2 boys' varsity league includes 5 teams in the North Division—Carey, Camas County of Fairfield, Community School of Sun Valley, Richfield and Dietrich—along with an additional 4 teams in the South Division—Castleford, Murtaugh, Magic Valley Christian and Lighthouse Christian of Twin Falls......The 4th District 9-team single elimination consolation bracket tournament is scheduled at Murtaugh High School, Feb. 14-24......In opening round match-ups based on final regular-season records, it's #1 North vs. the #5 North/#4 South play-in winner, #3 North vs. #2 South, #2 North vs. #3 South, and #1 South vs. #4 North.......The conference gets 2.5 seeds to state.....The top 2 teams automatically qualify for the state tournament in Caldwell, and the 3rd-place District 4 team has a play-in game Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in American Falls against the eastern Idaho (Districts 5/6) runner-up team.......At the state tournament, the Northside champion plays the Boise-area runner-up in the first round, while the Northside runner-up goes against the northern Idaho (District 2) champion.....The state play-in winner takes on the northern Idaho (District 1) champion in the first round....The mercy rule (running clock except time outs) will be invoked at any time during the 4th quarter of regular-season games when the point differential is 30 points or greater. It may not be used in post-season tournament games.

2010-11 CommSchool boys Basketball Schedule

A total 14 varsity games and 12 junior varsity games on the regular-season slate for the 2010-11 Cutthroat boys; 8 varsity home and 6 away. Of the 14 games, 8 are Northside Conference North Division varsity match-ups. The 8 North Division games are identified with an *, and the 4 South Division games with **. Home games at The Community School gym, Sun Valley are in bold type. When played on a night of boys-girls games, boys' JV is at 4:30 p.m. and varsity 7:30 p.m. Boys' only JV-varsity doubleheaders are at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

DATE, DAY OPPONENT LOCATION

Nov. 30, Tuesday Lighthouse** Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 2, Thursday Castleford** Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 7, Tuesday Bliss (JV) Away, 6:30

Dec. 9, Thursday Murtaugh** Home, 4:30/7:30

Dec. 14, Tuesday MV Christian (V)** Jerome, 7:30

Dec. 17, Friday Carey* Away, 6/7:30

Jan. 6, Thursday TF Christian (V) Home, 6:30

Jan. 11, Tuesday Camas (V)* Home, 7:30

Jan. 14, Friday Richfield* Away, 6/7:30

Jan. 18, Tuesday Dietrich* Away, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 21, Friday Twin Falls Christian (V) Away, 5:00

Jan. 25, Tuesday Carey* Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 28, Friday Camas County (V)* Fairfield, 7:30

Feb. 1, Tuesday Richfield* Home, 6/7:30

Feb. 3, Thursday Dietrich* Home, 6/7:30

Feb. 14, Monday Northside 1A Div. 2 Murtaugh

Feb. 24, Thursday Northside 1A Div. 2 final Murtaugh

Feb. 26, Saturday State play-in game American Falls, 3:00

March 3, Thursday State 1A Div. 2 tourney Caldwell High School

NOTES—The 2011 4th District 1A Division 2 boys' varsity league includes 5 teams in the North Division—Carey, Camas County of Fairfield, Community School of Sun Valley, Richfield and Dietrich—along with an additional 4 teams in the South Division—Castleford, Murtaugh, Magic Valley Christian and Lighthouse Christian of Twin Falls......The 4th District 9-team single elimination consolation bracket tournament is scheduled at Murtaugh High School, Feb. 14-24......In opening round match-ups based on final regular-season records, it's #1 North vs. the #5 North/#4 South play-in winner, #3 North vs. #2 South, #2 North vs. #3 South, and #1 South vs. #4 North.......The conference gets 2.5 seeds to state.....The top 2 teams automatically qualify for the state tournament in Caldwell, and the 3rd-place District 4 team has a play-in game Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in American Falls against the eastern Idaho (Districts 5/6) runner-up team.......At the state tournament, the Northside champion plays the Boise-area runner-up in the first round, while the Northside runner-up goes against the northern Idaho (District 2) champion.....The state play-in winner takes on the northern Idaho (District 1) champion in the first round....The mercy rule (running clock except time outs) will be invoked at any time during the 4th quarter of regular-season games when the point differential is 30 points or greater. It may not be used in post-season tournament games.




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