It's been a long first month of basketball for Paonia. The Eagles opened the season with a 43-17 win over Class 3A Olathe, then squeaked by with a 63-61 win on Dec. 6 over Telluride.
But they haven't managed a win since, losing to Class 4A Rifle and 3A Grand Valley, then failing to find a win at the annual Delta County tournament prior to winter break.
The Eagles have a strong core of players. Seniors Josiah Spano, Ben Linnell, Jason Sturgis and Eric Carney have played for the same team since their sixth grade AAU days. Six-foot, 2-inch sophomore forward Taylor Walters was an all-conference player his freshman year. A strong group of underclassmen make up the Eagles bench.
"The chemistry is there, everything is there talent-wise to go as far as we want," said Spano, starting point guard who averaged 15 points per game in the first four games of the season. "It's just whether we want it or not."
The Eagles were expecting to open the new year against Hotchkiss after losing the consolation game, 54-52, at the Delta tournament. Instead they will open against the two teams Linnell predicted will be the toughest in early-season play: Rangely and Meeker. They face undefeated Rangely (6-0 overall, 1-0 2A WSL) this Friday.
On Saturday Paonia hosts its home opener against Meeker (3-1, 0-0) at 5:30 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus