Rex Stanley, a Little Snake River Valley School senior, drives past a defender during a game last season. The LSRV boys varsity basketball team won the Wyoming 1A state title last year. Head coach Paul Prestrud said his team’s goal this season is to repeat.

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Rex Stanley, a Little Snake River Valley School senior, drives past a defender during a game last season. The LSRV boys varsity basketball team won the Wyoming 1A state title last year. Head coach Paul Prestrud said his team’s goal this season is to repeat.

LSRV boys basketball team sets sights on another championship

Schedule ...

The 2011-12 Little Snake River Valley School boys varsity basketball schedule:

(Date — place — location/opponent)

• Saturday — away — Carbon County Classic Tournament

• Sunday — away — Carbon County Classic Tournament

• Dec. 8 — away — Meeker Tournament

• Dec. 9 — away — Meeker Tournament

• Dec. 10 — away — Meeker Tournament

• Dec. 16 — home — Rangely H.S.

• Dec. 17 — away — Hayden H.S.

• Jan. 6 — home — Hanna-Elk Mtn. H.S.

• Jan. 7 — home — Saratoga H.S.

• Jan. 12 — away — Rangely H.S.

• Jan. 13 — away — Saratoga H.S.

• Jan. 20 — away — Farson-Eden H.S.

• Jan. 21 — away — Cokeville H.S.

• Jan. 27 — home — Big Piney H.S.

• Jan. 28 — away — Encampment H.S.

• Feb. 3 — away — St. Stephens H.S.

• Feb. 4 — away — Manila High School

• Feb. 10 — home — Cokeville H.S.

• Feb. 11 — home — Farson-Eden H.S.

• Feb. 17 — away — Hanna-Elk Mtn. H.S.

• Feb. 18 — home — Encampment H.S.

Projected starters ...

Little Snake River Valley boys varsity basketball team’s expected starters for the Carbon County Classic Tournament on Saturday and Sunday:

(Name — year — position)

• Conner Lee — Jr. — guard

• Grayson Lee — Jr. — guard

• Rex Stanley — Sr. — forward

• Daniel Wille — Sr. — forward

• Miles Englehart — Sr. — forward

On Feb. 26, the Little Snake River Valley boys varsity basketball team lost to St. Stephens High School, 62-59, in the Wyoming 1A West Regional championship game.

The defeat was the first of the year for the Rattlers, who had a 22-0 record heading into the contest.

The loss, however, would be the one and only of an otherwise perfect season.

LSRV went on to avenge the St. Stephens loss with a 79-61 victory in the Wyoming 1A state championship game.

With the 2011-12 season set to begin this weekend in the Carbon County Classic Tournament, head coach Paul Prestrud said expectations for the defending state champions are as lofty as ever.

“It is not hard to get the guys jacked up moving forward,” Prestrud said. “We have five freshmen, so the biggest obstacle is going to be the span in ability between our young players and our veteran players.

“But, we have been working well together and are ready to get started.”

Last school year, the LSRV boys athletes won three state titles in football, basketball and track.

The LSRV six-man varsity football team repeated as state champions Nov. 12.

The success of each team, Prestrud said, is a byproduct of hard work.

“They are all athletic, but they all work to get to play and achieve their goals,” he said. “Most of these guys started playing together in third or fourth grade and have been together since.

“They have had success in football, and success breeds more success, so this school is fortunate to have the athletes we do.”

The Rattlers return six of eight players from last year’s championship squad on the hardwood.

Seniors Miles Englehart, Rex Stanley and Daniel Wille and junior Conner Lee are returning starters, and junior Grayson Lee will fill the fifth starting position after coming off the bench last year.

This season, the Rattlers have 14 boys on the team, allowing for a junior varsity squad.

“Our first thing we worked on was to gel the team,” Prestrud said. “We have five freshmen and one sophomore, so we want everybody to know about the drills and know how the team runs.”

Prestrud is entering his seventh season as the Rattlers head coach after serving seven seasons as an assistant coach.

In 2000, he was an assistant coach on the previous state championship team before being at the helm of last season’s state winners.

Prestrud said game plans this season remain similar to those of past seasons.

“Last year, we emphasized defense and more man-to-man,” he said. “We have always been very quick, but not very big. Miles is our biggest guy at 6 feet, 3 inches, so we are always looking for quick scores and getting back on defense.”

Last season, senior Sean Rietveld averaged a double-double in rebounds and points.

With Rietveld lost to graduation, Prestrud said rebounding has been one of the team’s main focuses heading in to the season.

“Because Sean got double-digit rebounds, I think the other guys just let him do it,” Prestrud said. “This year, we have to replace him and his numbers. We are going to be looking for Miles, Dan and Rex to pick up the rebounds and leave our guards outside.”

After the Rattlers finished last season with a 25-1 record, Prestrud said going undefeated was never the team’s goal, only making the state championship game.

Looking for a repeat, the head coach said the goals remain the same.

“Miles talked to me and said he wants five guys to average double digit (points), to win the conference title and if we don’t make the state title game, he will be disappointed,” Prestrud said. “Last year, our goal was never to go undefeated and no one has mentioned it this year.

“We know we have the possibility of going undefeated, but we just want to play in the last game.”

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