Only half of last year's varsity players for Paonia are returning to the court this season. With a total of 16 players out for the team, head coach Chase Roeber is taking the glass-is-half-full attitude.
The returning players — seniors Lane Clawson and Taylor Katzer, juniors Jason Sturgis, Ben Linnell, Eric Carney and Josiah Spano — are all within the 6-foot range and bring enthusiasm and experience to the court. Taylor Walters, who averaged more than 10 points per game as a freshman, will be a full-time player on the varsity team.
The balance of the players will compete on both C team and JV squads, with at least two players being considered for varsity later in the season. "They will get a lot of experience on the court, a lot of play time," said Roeber.
Brent McRae, the former head girls' coach and assistant boys' coach for Custer County, will be the assistant and junior varsity/C-team coach.
The Eagles will host five of their first six games. Their home- and season-opener, scheduled for last Saturday against Rifle, was postponed since the Bears were playing in the state championship football game. That game will be re-scheduled.
The Eagles hosted Olathe (0-1, 3A WSL) Tuesday, and this Friday will host Grand Valley's Cardinals (0-2, 3A WSL) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
"We'll see how well we can protect our home," said Roeber.blog comments powered by Disqus