CMS teams continue their winning streaks
Somebody forgot to inform the Craig Middle School basketball teams of the saying, “you win some, you lose some.” The seventh- and eighth-grade teams extended their undefeated seasons with two wins apiece this weekend.
“All in all, I was pretty pleased with the weekend,” said eighth-grade coach Brett Sperl. “These guys keep improving as a team as the season goes on.”
The Bulldogs on Friday hosted Soroco Middle School with one game for each grade. The seventh graders were able to play some athletes who normally don’t see much court time during the A-game. The Bulldogs broke out to a 15-0 lead and rolled to a 39-10 victory. Coach Bryce Eardley credited Ryan Shearer and Keenan Harris with quality minutes in the win.
The eighth-grade Soroco team proved to be more of a challenge for CMS. With what Sperl called a “sluggish start,” the score was 9-5 in favor of the home team in the first quarter. The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 21-12 lead.
“If there’s one thing we could work on, it is our sluggish starts,” Sperl said. “We haven’t come out real well a couple of times this season and down the stretch we need to work on that.”
On the offensive side, 10 players scored for the Bulldogs as Nick Navratil led the way with eight points in the 41-21 victory.
The middle school students matched up against the Meeker Cowboys on Saturday. Eardley said several of his athletes were overcome with a common virus called “ski fever” and went to Steamboat Springs to find a cure. Therefore, he only had seven players for the game.
Still, the Bulldogs set the goal to score 50 points for the game and they reached their goal with a 51-13 win. Once again, Eli Buckner led all scorers with 23 points and his partner-on-the-post, Josh Satterwhite, added 18.
“All seven guys got to play a lot and they all scored,” Eardley said. “It is important down the home stretch to get everybody some playing time.”
The older Bulldogs were up against Meeker’s talented post player, Juan Villalponda, who scored at will the last time the two teams met. To shut down Villalponda, coach Sperl put in a box-and-one defense.
The game was a defensive battle with a halftime score of 12-9 in favor of the blue and white. At halftime, coach Sperl said he stressed defense and apparently his team listened. They held the Cowboys scoreless in the third quarter and allowed four points in the final quarter.
“We had ten guys grow up and play defense,” the coach said. “We struggled a little on offense but our defense made up for it.”
In the 32-13 win, the Bulldogs shut out Villalponda. Josh Keadle and Navratil face guarded him while Jake Gaylord, Billy Ivy, Kaleb McKey, Evan Hertzog, Andy Sperl, Corey Pike, Andrew Drake and Andrew Magas rotated in to play in the box.
Both teams have one remaining regular season game against Rangely Dec. 7. Sperl said it would be “Parents’ Day” to honor parents during the final home game.
The post season tournament scheduled for the following weekend will be the final test of the undefeated records.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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