Revamped Huskies ready for tipoff
Josh Henry, Austin Wignall, Jimmy Medina and Andy Linke have their diplomas. Isaac Martinez is in Lake County and coach Kyle Hageness is back in the midwest.
So enter new coach Philip Tronsrue and a cast of newcomers, who should provide plenty of enthusiasm and hustle in 2002-03.
“The biggest thing now is that nobody has varsity floor experience,” Tronsrue said. “Our biggest challenge this season is to get the team to understand what type of intensity is required at the varsity level. We want to keep improving with each game and we’ll be looking to be playing great basketball come February and at districts.”
The new-look Huskies are led by center Beau Beckley, who should be the center of attention at 6-foot-7. Jared Cliver is the power forward, while Blake Gammon will provide some punch both inside and out at small forward. Chris Romero will run the show at the point, while, Eddie Irgens is a threat from the perimeter at shooting guard.
“One of the things we’re going to have to do is balance our attack,” Tronsrue said. “Inside Beau and Jared are going to complement each other. Then you throw in Blake, who can play inside and outside. And then Eddie and Chris are both strong from the outside.”
The Huskies also feature a quality bench with Julio Hermosillo, Vail Mountain’s Andrew Feldman, Connor Drumm, Jimmy Feeney, Jordan Bender and Thomas Pacheco.
The Huskies open their season Dec. 6-7 at the Buena Vista Tournament.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.