Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cutthroat basketball debuts 2011-12 seasons

Girls, boys play at home Friday


Community School girls' and boys' basketball teams have been training hard for the debut of their 2011-12 campaigns Friday, Dec. 2 at home against Twin Falls Christian Academy at The Fish Tank.

The girls' game begins at 5 p.m. and the boys' varsity contest at 6:30 p.m. There will be no boys' junior varsity game.

Girls' outlook

Cutthroat girls' coach Erika Connelly, assisted by Amanda DeHaas, has welcomed a very young team featuring four returning players—two starters. "The rest are new," said Connelly. "They are quick learners with good athletic instincts."

The returning players are 5-5 junior Ella Marks, last year's co-top scorer at 8.3 ppg, and 5-8 junior Taylor Figge (25 points).

Others on the 11-player varsity are 5-6 senior Morgan Jones, 5-3 junior Maddie Caraluzzi, 5-4 junior Chari Inman, 5-3 junior Hannah Robideaux, 5-5 sophomore Chloe Chrysikopoulos, 5-9 sophomore Tara Smith, 5-10 sophomore Hannah Dies, 5-6 sophomore Erin Hennessy and 5-6 freshman Caitlin Sholtis.

Last winter the Cutthroats went 5-11 including three home wins. It was an improvement over the 3-12 mark of the previous season. Connelly is optimistic about the new campaign.

She said, "I'm really excited about the girls we have playing, and I'm so glad they decided to play. They are all strong athletes who are transitioning from other sports (hockey and soccer) really well. We have a lot of speed and quickness and they can run the floor well. It should be fun!"

Boys are looking forward

For the boys, second-year head coach Erik Olson and his assistant Willy Felton have greeted 11 returning players from last season's 1-15 squad that struggled with scoring (24.8 ppg) and yielded 55.6 ppg on defense. The Cutthroats dropped their final 12 games.

Olson said, "The Cutthroats are looking to improve and feel the pieces are in place for a successful season—but we also know who the frontrunners are and who we are chasing."

Four-year varsity player Henry Rickbeil, a 6-6 senior center, leads the Cutthroats. He topped the team in scoring last season with 126 points (7.9 ppg). Olson said, "We have a big front line led by Henry, who will look to control the paint."

After a year away from the program, 6-2 senior guard Will Brokaw is back and raring to go. Brokaw was the third-leading scorer with 126 points (6.3 ppg) on the 2009-10 Sun Valley squad led by Daniel Gomis that amassed a 13-8 record. "Will is a great outside shooter and will provide an immediate outside threat," said Olson.

Besides these two seniors, the team consists of one junior and eight sophomores. Junior Colton Sholtis, a 6-3 guard/forward, is a returning starter and last season's third-leading scorer. The sophs are:

Nick Wright, a 6-2 forward; Nick Krekow, a 6-3 forward; forward Ben Swift; guard Taylor Adler; guard Bobby Corker; guard Doug DuFur; guard Reed Roudabush; and guard Jake Flaherty.

Because of the Northside Conference's new alignment in which home-and-home match-ups are not required within the nine-team league to fill the maximum of 20 regular-season games, the Cutthroats had more flexibility to arrange games with non-league teams.

For instance, the boys will travel to the Boise Riverstone International private school for Dec. 16 games, and also entertain 4A Wood River High School Jan. 4 for a rare meeting of the Blaine County schools. A two-game Jackpot (Nev.) tournament is in the works for Dec. 9-10—and the Cutthroats will play reigning State 1A Division 2 champ Carey only one time.

2011-12 CommSchool boys Basketball

A total 17 varsity games and 8 junior varsity games on the regular-season slate for the 2011-12 Cutthroat boys; 8 varsity home and 9 away. Of the 17 games, 7 are Northside Conference North Division varsity match-ups. The 7 North Division games are identified with an *, and the 3 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.

DATE, DAY OPPONENT LOCATION

Dec. 2, Friday Twin Falls Christian (V) Home, 6:30

Dec. 8, Thursday Bliss (V)* Away, 7:30

Dec. 9, Friday Jackpot (Nev.) tournament Away, TBA

Dec. 10, Saturday Jackpot (Nev.) tournament Away, TBA

Dec. 16, Friday Riverstone International Boise, 6/7:30

Jan. 3, Tuesday Dietrich* Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 4, Wednesday Wood River Home, 6/7:30

Jan. 5, Thursday Camas County (V)* Fairfield, 7:30

Jan. 12, Thursday Carey* Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 13, Friday Twin Falls Christian (V) Twin Falls, 6:30

Jan. 17, Tuesday Bliss (V)* Home, 7:30

Jan. 19, Thursday Castleford** Away, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 23, Monday Richfield* Away, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 24, Tuesday Lighthouse Christian** Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 26, Thursday Murtaugh** Home, 4:30/7:30

Jan. 31, Tuesday ISDB (V) Gooding, 6:30

Feb. 10, Friday Camas County (V)* Home, 6:00

Feb. 13, Monday Northside 8th/9th play-in game Castleford, 8:00

Feb. 14, Tuesday Northside 1A Div. 2 tourney Castleford

Feb. 22, Wednesday Northside 1A Div. 2 completion Castleford

Feb. 25, Saturday State play-in game Glenns Ferry, 1:00

March 1, Thursday State 1A Division 2 tournament Caldwell High

March 3, Saturday State 1A Division 2 championship Idaho Center, Nampa

NOTES—The Northside 4th District 1A Division 2 boys' league includes 6 teams in the North Division—Carey, Camas County of Fairfield, Bliss, Community School of Sun Valley, Richfield and Dietrich—along with an additional 3 teams in the South Division—Castleford, Murtaugh and Lighthouse Christian of Twin Falls......The Northside 4th District 8-team single elimination consolation bracket tournament is set for 6 nights at Castleford High School, Feb. 13-22. It begins Feb. 13 with 2 JV games and the 8th/9th place varsity play-in game, goes to Tuesday, Feb. 14 with the JV championship and 2 varsity games, continues Wednesday, Feb. 15 with 2 varsity games, then adjourns Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 20-22 for the final varsity games......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. 25 at 1 p.m. in Glenns Ferry against the Boise-area (District 3) runner-up team.......At the state tournament, the Northside champion plays the northern Idaho champion in the first round, while the Northside runner-up goes against the Boise-area (District 3) champion.

2011-12 CommSchool GIRLS Basketball

A total 13 varsity games on the regular-season slate for the 2011-12 Cutthroat girls; 6 home and 7 away. Of the 13 games, 6 are Northside Conference North Division match-ups (identified with an *) and 3 are South Division games (**). Home games at The Community School gym in Sun Valley are listed in bold.

DATE, DAY OPPONENT LOCATION

Dec. 2, Friday Twin Falls Christian Home, 5:00

Dec. 8, Thursday Bliss* Away, 6:00

Dec. 9, Friday Jackpot (Nev.) tournament Away, TBA

Dec. 10, Saturday Jackpot (Nev.) tournament Away, TBA

Jan. 3, Tuesday Dietrich* Home, 6:00

Jan. 5, Thursday Camas County* Fairfield, 6:00

Jan. 12, Thursday Carey* Home, 6:00

Jan. 13, Friday Twin Falls Christian Twin Falls, 5:00

Jan. 17, Tuesday Bliss* Home, 6:00

Jan. 19, Thursday Castleford** Away, 6:00

Jan. 23, Monday Richfield* Away, 6:00

Jan. 24, Tuesday Lighthouse Christian** Home, 6:00

Jan. 26, Thursday Murtaugh** Home, 6:00

Jan. 31, Tuesday ISDB (JV) Gooding, 5:00

Feb. 3, Friday Northside 8th/9th play-in game Murtaugh, 7:00

Feb. 4, Saturday Northside 1A Div. 2 tourney Murtaugh

Feb. 9, Thursday Northside 1A Div. 2 completion Murtaugh

Feb. 11, Saturday State play-in game Glenns Ferry, 1:00

Feb. 16, Thursday State 1A Division 2 tournament Nampa High School

Feb. 18, Saturday State 1A Division 2 championship Idaho Center, Nampa

NOTES—The Northside 4th District 1A Division 2 girls' league includes 6 teams in the North Division—Carey, Camas County of Fairfield, Bliss, Community School of Sun Valley, Richfield and Dietrich—along with an additional 3 teams in the South Division—Castleford, Murtaugh and Lighthouse Christian of Twin Falls......The 4th District 8-team single elimination consolation bracket tournament is set for 5 nights at Murtaugh High School, Feb. 4-9. It begins Feb. 4 with 2 JV games and 4 varsity games, goes to Monday, Feb. 6 with 4 varsity games, continues Tuesday, Feb. 7 with the JV championship and 2 varsity games and Wednesday, Feb. 8 with the varsity championship. The 2nd-3rd place game is Thursday, Feb. 9......The conference gets 2.5 seeds to state.....The top 2 teams automatically qualify for the state tournament in Nampa, and the 3rd-place District 4 team has a play-in game Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in Glenns Ferry against the Boise-area (District 3) runner-up team.......At the state tournament, the Northside champion plays the northern Idaho champion in the first round, while the Northside runner-up goes against the Boise-area (District 3) champion.




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