Demons boys, girls basketball to lean heavily on seniors
Coming off of a year in which the Demons boys basketball team ran roughshod on the 4A Western Slope League, the Demons boys are poised to make a title run through the Western Slope League, albeit with a much younger team.
Running a four-guard set much of the time, Demons head coach Cory Hitchcock will welcome back senior guards Cameron Horning and Mason Yellico from last season’s 4A WSL league champs. Horning, is one of the more explosive scoring guards in Colorado, was recently named to the top 10 4A players to watch list from Colorado Preps.
“Cam is going to bring a wealth of experience,” Hitchcock said. “Everyone knows how talented he is on the court, but we’re looking for him to step up and be a leader off the court, not just on the court this year. It’s going to be a great year to watch Cam grow from his freshman year to this year. He’s going to rise to another level.”
Along with Horning, the Demons will rely heavily on Yellico, who has developed into a key leader for Glenwood over the last few years. The two seniors give the Demons veteran leaders to lean on early in the year as sophomores Aaron Smith, Zach Johnson, Cullen O’Brien and freshman Luke Gair all get up to speed in varsity hoops.
“We’re young in terms of grade level, but the knowledge of the game for these young are much more advanced,” Hitchcock said. “Inexperience is looked at as a bad thing at times, but I look at it as a good thing because I can mold them into a good basketball player.”
With a rotation of roughly 10 players this season, Hitchcock isn’t looking at 2015-16 as a rebuilding year for the Demons.
“We want to prove we’re a program of consistency,” Hitchcock said. “We’re not saying this is a rebuild. We’re simply reloading.”
The Demons boys team opens up the season, Thursday, on the road against Centauri in the Mountain Top Classic at Centauri High School.
On the girls’ side of things for Demons basketball, Rhonda Moser takes over as the first-year head coach of the Demons.
Moser, who previously held the position of assistant coach for Glenwood, takes over a team that has just two returning seniors in guards Makenna Warren and Megan Uren, both of which were standouts for the Demons girls volleyball team.
Outside of Warren and Uren, sophomore forward Tatum Peterson is a player to watch in 2015-16 for the Demons, who have five sophomores on the varsity roster that have limited varsity experience.
“We’re going to have to rely heavily on Makenna and Megan to lead us at both ends this year,” Moser said. “But this is a great opportunity to get girls some playing time and figure out what we have.”
The Demons girls team opens up the season, Thursday, on the road against Ignacio in the Mountain Top Classic.
Glenwood Springs boys varsity:
Head coach: Cory Hitchcock, sixth year
Last year: 19-5 overall, 14-0 4A Western Slope League. Finished third at districts. Lost to Durango in the semifinals
Key returners: Cameron Horning, Sr., G, Mason Yellico, Sr. G, Jake Townsley, Jr. F, AJ Crowley, So. G
Players to watch: Carlos Nolasco-Montes, Jr., F, Aaron Smith, So., G, Zach Johnson, So., G, Cullen O’Brien, So., G, Luke Gair, Fr., F
Outlook: The Demons will look to rely on senior guards Cameron Horning and Mason Yellico while trying to develop sophomore guards AJ Crowley and Aaron Smith in hopes that they can take pressure off of Horning and Yellico while attempting to defend last season’s 4A WSL league title. This isn’t a rebuilding year for the Demons under Hitchcock, who will lead Glenwood for the sixth straight year.
Glenwood Springs girls varsity:
Head coach: Rhonda Moser, first year
Last year: 16-6 overall, 12-2 4A Western Slope League. Lost in first round of district playoffs
Key returners: Makenna Warren, Sr., G, Megan Uren, Sr., G
Player to watch: Tatum Peterson, So., F
Outlook: The Demons lost a ton of talent and experience off of last year’s team, so Moser and the Demons will rely heavily on Warren and Uren to carry Glenwood early in the year. With five sophomores on the varsity roster for the Demons, there could be some growing pains with inexperienced players, but Moser is the right coach to develop younger talent moving forward at Glenwood.
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