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Youth Movement: Glenwood winter sports teams eye young talent

Ashley Jensen
sports@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs High School senior Delaney Gaddis dribbles around the 3-point arc during the team's intrasquad scrimmage this past Friday at Glenwood Springs High School. Gaddis is one of the key returners for the Demons this season.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS WINTER SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Cory Hitchcock (fourth season)

Last season: 7-17 Overall, 4-10 Class 4A Western Slope League, lost to Greeley Central in first round of Class 4A state tournament.

Key returners: Jared Gambrel, Sr., G, 6-1; Brian Burbidge, Jr., G, 6-3; Cameron Horning, So., G, 6-0.

Others to watch: Zach Peterson, Jr., F, 6-6; Garrett Goodstein, Jr., G, 5-11; Will Gray, Jr., C, 6-5.

Outlook: With a young team and only a week of practice, Glenwood boys coach, Hitchcock, is very impressed with how well his team has been performing so early on in the preseason, and has set high goals for the team to make district playoffs. “Preseason’s been awesome so far. The boys have been dedicated and motivated. They’ve been very coachable,” he said. “We’ve had a week of practice, and I just keep seeing improvement and growth.” Despite averaging 42 points per game last season, he’s expecting their shooting game to improve drastically this year. “[They’re] doing a really good job scoring the basketball, and I’m hoping that we can continue to shoot the ball like that through the course of the season.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Jacky Gaddis (second season)

Last season: 14-9 Overall, 8-6 Class 4A Western Slope League (third place), 2nd round in 4A CHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament.

Key returners: Laura McDermott, Sr., F, 5-11; Jordan DeCrow, Jr., G, 5-6; Delaney Gaddis, Sr., PG, 5-7; Madi Spence, Jr., F, 6-0.

Others to watch: Hailey Armstrong, Jr., F, 6-0; Jaime Crowley, Jr., G, 5-7; Bella Diaz, Jr., G, 5-9.

Outlook: Glenwood’s girls basketball coach, Gaddis, is very optimistic about the success of the teams’ upcoming season, and isn’t focused on defining her team by individual talent. “We have two great seniors that are returning, but I feel like they shouldn’t have a title. We just have a lot of great players returning, whether junior, senior, or otherwise.” Based on how well they did last year, she has higher expectations for the team. “I suppose the politically correct thing to say is we’re going to do really well, but I really do feel like we have a shot at winning that league title this year, and that is definitely one of our goals,” she said. “[We] want to advance further than we did last year.”

WRESTLING

Head coach: Guy Brickell (10th season)

Last season: Sent one wrestler to Class 4A state tournament.

Key returners: Justin Barham, Sr.; Christian Gonzales, Jr.; Alex Cohen, Sr.; Joel Ordonez, Sr.

Others to watch: Jose Diaz, Jr.; Lance Brevig, Soph.; Miles Wilson, Fr.; Riley Prough, Fr.

Outlook: Brickell is not only excited for the upcoming season, but for the seasons to come, as he sees the competitive drive of his team emerging. “The room is very competitive now, and that’s when you really start taking big jumps in terms of duals and tournaments and things like that,” he said. “The kids make each other better in the room and I’m really excited about that.”

GIRLS SWIMMING

Head coach: Danny Gall (first season).

Last season: Won Class 4A Western Slope Championships, sent seven swimmers to Class 4A State Championships.

Key returners: MacKenzie Fuller, Sr., freestyle/backstroke; Olivia Ayers, Sr., breaststroke/freestyle; Jessica Tuttle, Soph., freestyle; Kendall Vanderhoof, Soph., freestyle; Mikayla Axtell, Jr., freestyle/butterfly.

Others to watch: Charlie Mechling, Soph., freestyle/butterfly/backstroke; Delaney Passmore, Sr., diving; Luise Wollesen, Jr., diving; Ivey Trulove, Fr., diving; Caylah Newton, Soph., freestyle/backstroke/breaststroke.

Outlook: Last season, the Demons won the Western Slope Championships without a single diver on their team. This year, Glenwood has three divers — Passmore, Wollesen and Trulove — to potentially add to their overall team scoring. Glenwood also has six of their seven state qualifiers from last year on this season’s squad, some of whom have already set school records as freshmen. “This year, we’d love to go back and win Western Slopes again,” Fuller said. “We’d also love to see more girls go to state and qualify for finals at state. We want to get better.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs High School winter sports teams are gearing up for their upcoming seasons and expect a great deal of success, despite such young talent.

Between the experience and capabilities among both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams, the competitive edge within the wrestling squad and the title-winning experience of the girls swimming team, each of the Demons’ teams have set high expectations and are anticipating winning seasons.

Jacky Gaddis, the Glenwood girls’ basketball coach, shared her confidence in her young yet experienced squad, not failing to mention her high expectations for the team.

“You’re going to see every girl on that varsity roster contributing whether it’s defensively or offensively. We really do have a lot of experience with only two seniors,” said Gaddis. “And, you’ve always got to set your goal higher than what you accomplished the year before. Our standards, goals, and expectations are definitely higher.”

The Glenwood boys’ basketball coach, Cory Hitchock, also believes his talented young team will advance into postseason play.

“We’re young in general, but we’re improving everyday and that’s all I can ask for,” said Hitchcock. “As long as they’re willing to want to improve, I think that when we get closer to the end of the season, we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Glenwood’s wrestling coach, Guy Brickell, is excited to see this newfound competitive tone that has transpired among his team.

However, having several wrestlers out due to injuries last season, he’s looking forward to having them back in full swing and ready to compete.

“We had a couple kids out because of football injuries, but we got [them] back this year, so we’re really excited about that,” said Brickell. “I think we’ll be really competitive this year, barring injury.”

The girls swimming team is coming off a season where they won the Class 4A Western Slope Championships by the slimmest of margins — a single point. Team captain MacKenzie Fuller believes there’s enough returning swimmers, with a few additions, for the Demons to make a splash again.

“We lost some really fast seniors from last year,” Fuller said. “I think that with the people we have back and the addition of divers this year, we have the potential to win regionals again.”


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