Photo by Wayne Crick It wasn’t all peaches and cream last Saturday for the Cedaredge Lady Bruins as they played Ridgway. The Lady Demons got off to a small lead forcing Cedaredge to play catch up for awhile. When things did go the way new head coach Joe Berger wanted them to go, the result was a broad smile as seen in the photo above. Cedaredge won its season opener 34-32.As the Lady Bruins prepare for their 2012-13 basketball season, there is a concentrated effort to improve on a 3-16 season from a year ago. "Our belief is that we can be in the top four in our league and make it to regionals," states first-year varsity coach Joe Berger.
Cedaredge has a total of 24 athletes on this year's roster and eight of them are returning letter winners.
Ten of the 24 players are upper classmen with the junior class having the largest number at eight. Only three sophomores are listed on the team roster with 11 freshmen comprising the largest number of participants.
Assisting Berger with coaching duties this season are first-year coaches Carrie Berger (a Cedaredge graduate and standout player) and Haley Benson (a Hotchkiss High School graduate and standout player there).
The Lady Bruins will put their hopes for success in the hands of a hustling squad and solid play. Berger noted the play of senior guards Jordan Smith and Lyndsey Gardner as being just two players who would potentially impact Cedaredge's fortunes in the coming season. "Jordan is a versatile player who can score and defend equally well. She is a true leader on and off the court. Lyndsey is an excellent scorer and tremendous defender as well."
Teams to beat in the 3A WSL might include several choices. Coach Berger noted Gunnison and Olathe at the top of the list but mentioned not looking past the tall and talented Roaring Fork Rams.
Berger sees Gunnison as a top challenger because of its great coach and very talented girls. Olathe was another top choice because of the coaching ability of Paul Althaus.
The Lady Bruins opened their season on Saturday, Dec. 1, with a 34-32 win over Ridgway in Cedaredge (see related story).