Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Trent Walker (15) gets past Ridgway’s big man for this shot last Saturday afternoon in Cedaredge. Walker led the Bruins’ offense with 21 points with Dillon Smith collecting 10 counters for the winners. Cedaredge won the game 63-56.This year's Cedaredge Bruins basketball team will have incentive to perform after their football team won the Class 1A state title recently.
Winning is contagious and the Bruins head basketball coach, Kevin Dunbar, was an assistant coach for the football team.
The winning attitude will come from the top down as Cedaredge heads into its basketball campaign.
Dunbar, in his third year, will be joined on the coaching staff by third-year coaches Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd. At this time, there are 26 athletes battling for starting spots with five returning lettermen among the hopefuls.
Cedaredge will be looking to improve on its 4-16 overall record and 1-12 league mark from a year ago. "Expect this team to be much improved from last year. Senior leadership, along with athleticism, height, and newly acquired leadership and the work ethic of the junior class will help this team be successful," quoted Dunbar.
Dunbar has plenty of talent to draw from in 2012 and mentions four as players that he rates as just a few of the keys to success in the coming season. The first three, all football athletes for the Bruins, include Trent Walker, Reid Gates and Kyle Ward. The fourth player is Aaron Henrie. All are juniors at Cedaredge High School. Walker scored at nearly eight points a game last season and Gates had a 9.4 average per game.
Dunbar expects the 3A WSL to be highly competitive across the board this season. "Each team is 'a team to beat'." Aspen and Roaring Fork will be the toughest according to Dunbar.
The Bruins tipped off their 2012-13 season at home against Ridgway last Saturday.
No games are scheduled for this week for the Bruins with the next regularly schedule contest set for Dec. 11 at Gunnison with starting times of 5:30 and 7 p.m. for the girls and boys varsity teams.