The Cedaredge boys basketball program will feature five returning letter winners from a year ago and a coaching staff that has been there long enough to establish solid groundwork in the program.
Kevin Dunbar is back for his fourth season as the head coach for the program.
Assistants Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd will enter their third season with the Bruins.
There are three seniors who return for the 2013-14 campaign for Cedaredge including Trent Walker, Aaron Henrie and Dillon Smith. Two juniors, Tylor Beach and Corey Reynolds, join their senior teammates as the five returning lettermen for the Bruins.
As the season progresses, Henrie and Walker will be relied upon heavily for leadership and their play. Henrie plays at guard while Walker can play at forward or guard with his shooting abilities and quickness.
Reynolds will see action at both the power-forward and center position while Beach plays a forward's position.
Coach Dunbar knows the season will be a challenge. "This is a very competitive league and every game is important."
The upcoming season will match the Bruins with some seasoned teams. A question of how the Bruins will fare brought this response from Dunbar: "Moffat County and Aspen are annual contenders for top spots in the league. I expect this year's Bruin team to contend for that top spot as well."
Some of the other players for Cedaredge who are seeking playing time include senior Chance Hanson and juniors Malaki Rhode and Jacob Robb.
Sophomore players on this year's roster include Shane Gates, Andrew Reynolds, Tyler Cooper, JP Morgan, Garrett Meyers and Bryce Klaseen.
The largest number of players out come from the freshman class. Those athletes include Chris Lindley, Xander Purcell, Cole Stumpf, Christian Reynolds, Daniel Roberts, Matthew Smelser, Wyeth Watts, Gus Sandels, Aaron Good and Brendon Klaseen.
Cedaredge opens its season on Dec. 7 at Ridgway with the varsity boys contest set for 7 p.m.
The following week, Cedaredge hosts Gunnison on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus