Demon boys basketball faces tough start
Repeating the success of making it to last year’s Class 4A state basketball tournament could be a difficult task for the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team. Losing its leading scorer and only Western Slope All-League player Sean Flohr, who is now playing at Mesa State, is one reason. But starting the season with a less-than-full roster is the bigger one.The Demons will start the season short handed, with a few players serving suspensions from incidents that happened as members of the Glenwood football team that were not completed and have now been carried over into basketball season. Glenwood Springs head coach Kevin Flohr wouldn’t comment on who is suspended or for how long, but he did say that he was disappointed.”It could be rough, we could get into a hole early because we are missing some of our guys who lack the commitment for their team,” Flohr said. “It is disappointing, they need to know that they have let their teammates down.”Despite a negative beginning, Flohr is still optimistic about his team and its chances.”They are all great kids, they are a really good group,” Flohr said. “Five are on the National Honor Society, but there are just some who need to learn which rope to swing on. They have lots of potential, they just need to go out there and prove it and play like I know they can.”The Demons have eight players returning from the 2004-05 squad with varsity experience, five of whom were starters at one time or another. Seniors Michael Flohr and Chris Benson, along with junior Ryan Foraker were all WSL All-League Honorable Mention and will look to lead Glenwood this season.”We have four seniors that are really going to have to step up,” coach Flohr said. “We have two juniors, Ryan Foraker and Nathan Forristall, and if they play like I know they can, our potential is big.”Four of last year’s starters will probably be in those roles again, but Flohr is relying on a strong bench to carry him through the season, especially at the beginning when some of his players can’t play.”The six, seven and eight guys are very important and they could become starters at any time. They are going to be very important during the suspensions and if we have any injuries,” Flohr said.The Demons have been practicing since Nov. 14 to prepare for their first game against Montrose Friday night. Glenwood beat Montrose during the regular season, but then lost 68-49 to the Indians in the first round of the state playoffs. demons: see page 15″Montrose is always a good team, they have a very good coach and very good kids,” Flohr said. “We are going to try to work on us and being a team.”After the Montrose game, Glenwood will play in the Demon Tournament Dec. 9-10 and the Montrose Tournament Dec. 16-17 before playing its first league game against Battle Mountain on Jan. 6.The Demons will have a lot to do if they want to get back to the state tournament this year, Flohr said.”They are going to have to get over that some of their teammates are missing. There is some hesitation because they have to play different roles,” Flohr said. “Our goal is to become a team and live up to our potential.””They are going to have to get over that some of their teammates are missing. There is some hesitation because they have to play different roles,” Flohr said. “Our goal is to become a team and live up to our potential.”
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