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Practices, camps prepare hoopsters

David Pressgrove

The Bulldog boys ’02-’03 basketball season unofficially started June 5 when Mike LeWarne was asked to fill the vacant head coaching position. Since that time, the team has been hoopin’ it up to prepare for the LeWarne era.

“These days teams are playing together year round and to be competitive we’ve got to be there as well.” said LeWarne, who was the former girls assistant coach for seven years. “The team has been really receptive to the new staff and they have kept an open mind.”

Included in the year round play have been summer tournaments, early morning practices and today the team left for camp at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

“This is just part of the commitment that so many of the guys have made to the program this summer,” LeWarne said. “The camp will help us to get more accustomed to our new system and play as a team.”

The new coach said 23 Moffat County High School basketball players would be attending the camp, which includes three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and 11 freshmen.

“We are taking all of the returning seniors and juniors from last year’s squad,” LeWarne said.

“It is nice to have that many who want to put in the work when it is not mandatory.”

The team has been playing a lot of basketball in June, including a home tournament, two tournaments in Grand Junction and one in Rangely.

“There hasn’t been a team that has played harder than us in the tournaments,” the Bulldogs’ coach said.

“The effort has been outstanding and is encouraging for the school season. The state champions last year played 116 games throughout the year. Being together all year is what it takes.”


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