Craig Cerise, Bruin boys look to challenge in hoops

By Wayne Crick


New Cedaredge High School boys basketball coach Craig Cerise is no stranger to Bruins athletics. Cerise graduated from CHS in 1999.

While attending Cedaredge High School, Cerise participated in two years of football (9th and 12th grade) and four years of basketball.

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science (mathematics in secondary education), Cerise picked up his masters in mathematics from the University of Idaho in 2006.

Cerise's coaching career brings him to his 10th season of mentoring. The 2016 season will mark his fifth head coaching assignment (the previous four at Delta High School as the girls head coach).

Mike Dallas will be the Bruins' junior varsity coach and Joe Carlson takes the reins of this year's C team. Both assistants are entering their first season as basketball coaches at Cedaredge High School.

Last year's Bruins were 15-9 overall and 9-3 in the 2A WSL. In Sweet 16 play the Bruins defeated Dawson School before being eliminated by Resurrection Christian.

Cedaredge has 28 players on its 2016 player roster; seven seniors, 10 juniors, two sophomores and nine freshmen.

The senior list of players includes Christian Reynolds, Isaac Swoffer, Matt Smelser, Brendon Klaseen, Daniel Roberts, Gus Sandels and Cole Stumpf.

Junior class roster players are Peter Carlson, Jacob Lewis, Craig Claunch, Chase Meyers, Baylee Piper, Pedro Madaleno, Brayden Blair, Dylon Gartman, Kacey Tsosie and Arthur Galois.

Jared Reynolds and Peter Sandels make up the sophomore players on the roster.

The nine freshmen hopefuls include Fabion Barron, Owen Craig, Joshua Craig, Damon Barron, Owen Craig, Joshua Craig, Damon Hudson, Josh Deal, Mikla Keune, Simon Varela, Tevin Keller and Tristan Campbell.

Cedaredge moved up a league (from 2A to 3A) this year and Cerise's response to the outlook for the season was, "Moving up to 3A (from 2A) there are a lot of tough teams in this league (3A WSL). I don't see one weak team. We hope to be challenging for a league title. Our biggest challengers will probably be Basalt, Coal Ridge, Gunnison and Delta (dropped from 3A to 2A)."

The Bruins will rely on teamwork but, according to Cerise, several top contributors at this time include Christian Reynolds (returning leading scorer for the Bruins) and junior Peter Carlson and senior Isaac Swoffer.

The Bruin boys opened their season at home against Ridgway (Dec. 6) and are scheduled to travel to Meeker to participate in the Cowboy's Shootout tournament which is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10.