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Demons open new era

G. Sean Kelly
Sports Editor

Rookie head coach Kevin Flohr is playing it close to the vest when it comes to the Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team.

While the former Demon player isn’t quick to single out any of his players, one thing is certain, he’s enjoying his foray back into Demon basketball.

“It’s the funnest thing I’ve ever done,” said Flohr, who won a state championship as part of Glenwood’s undefeated 1979 team.

“It’s absolutely been a blast all summer, spring and fall. And, if I ever wanted to start out with something like this, this is the group of kids to do it with.”

A good part of Flohr’s time with the team to this point has been getting to know the players, and allowing the players to know themselves.

The Demons finished sixth at the District tournament last season and were hit hard by graduation. Glenwood lost six varsity players to graduation, and another decided to play hockey this winter instead of basketball.

Three of the departing seniors were starters, with point guard Marco Salmen moving on along with frontcourt players Timon Fish and Andrew Blake. Fish was an Class 4A All-Western Slope League selection, while Salmen and Blake earned honorable mention.

Flohr’s cupboards aren’t entirely bare.

His son, Sean Flohr returns after being the only sophomore named to the All-WSL first team.

Jeff Screen, the squad’s only returning senior, is a strong candidate for point guard and John Faris is back for his junior season.

“Right now we only have three kids who have ever played a varsity game, which is irrelevant because of the size of the hearts in these kids,” Kevin Flohr said.

In all, Flohr said he has six juniors and three sophomores on his roster. How well the group gels will likely go a long way in determining how far the Demons go this season.

“There’s a great group of kids and I’m thrilled to have all of them,” Flohr said. “They are very talented, we just need to see how they come together as a group.

“I guess we’ll know at the end of February how good they are,” he added. “I wouldn’t even want to speculate. I’m pretty optimistic, but I’ve always been that way.”

The Demons open their season with a nonleague home game on Tuesday against Montrose at 7 p.m.

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