Both teams of Bullpups go undefeated
December 9, 2001
By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
When coach Norm Yoast started this season, he had only one major worry where would he find competition for his team?
Yoast has touted the Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team as the most talented to be under his tutelage, and the undefeated Bullpups proved why in Saturday’s end-of-the-year tournament. The Bullpups won their first game against Meeker by the score of 91-9. They then went on to win the championship game against Steamboat Springs by a score of 63-14.
“This is probably the most talented team I’ve ever coached,” Yoast said. “But these guys have a real love for the game. They work hard in and out of season, and play dozens of games in summertime tournaments.”
Many of the eighth-grade hoopsters proved that, even in middle school, there are seasoned veterans of the hardwood. Two of the Bullpups scored in the double digits in the championship game, with Kevin Loughran putting up 15 and Tim Knez shooting for 11.
In both games, the Bullpups had their opponents on their knees by halftime, and didn’t let up there. It wasn’t just the starting five that came up big for the eighth-grade, but the bench too, which was employed in the majority of both games.
“If these guys keep working as hard as they did here, they’ll have big careers in high school,” Yoast said. “I see many of them making a jump right to junior varsity when they get up there.”
Coach Brett Spearl tasted his first league championship as a head coach Saturday, as his undefeated seventh-grade Bullpups won the end-of-the-year tournament.
The seventh-graders rolled to a 35-15 point win against Rangely in the first game of the tournament, and then defeated Meeker 38-28 in the championship game.
Although the seventh-graders had one player, Evan Hertzog, shoot for 20 points in the championship game, Spearl was most impressed with how his bench played.
“We got 10 points off the bench against Meeker,” he said. “And that’s the way our bench has preformed all year, they’ve always been there to make the extra points.”