The Pagosa Springs Pirates boys’ basketball team began practice for the 2014-15 season on Nov. 12.
“We had 35 kids come out for basketball this year,” coach Randy Sorenson wrote in an email to SUN staff this week.
While an official roster has yet to be posted, there was only one senior, Jeremiah Miller, on last year’s starting lineup. The coach wouldn’t say how many of the nine juniors from last year’s team have come back as seniors this year. Two years ago, when the Pirates won the state championship, every starter on the team was a senior.
“Practice has been going well,” the coach mentioned. “The kids are working really hard.”
However, he also pointed out that the team has a lot of stuff to work on.
“There is a lot of competition,” Sorenson explained, “and the coaches are going to have to make some tough decisions. We are trying to give it until after the scrimmage on Saturday to make some of these decisions.”
Last year’s team also included six sophomores and one freshman.
“On Saturday, we have Durango, Ignacio, Mancos, and Sangre de Cristo coming to Pagosa to scrimmage,” the coach continued. “Hopefully these scrimmages will give us a good idea on where kids are.”
The Durango Demons went 8-2 in league action last year (15-7 overall) and were ranked 17th in the state for the 4A division, while the Mancos Bluejays went 5-3 (15-8 overall) and were ranked 21st in the state 2A division. The Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds were ranked 23rd in 2A and had a 7-3 league record and 15-9 overall.
“Our first game of the year,” Sorenson predicted, “will be a really tough matchup against Ignacio. They are very solid and well coached.”
The Bobcats ended last season with a league record of 8-0 and an overall win-loss record of 25-1. They were ranked second in the state for the 2A division, behind the Sanford Indians.
“We are looking forward to the season,” the coach concluded, “and hopefully we will be improved.”
While the Pirates were the state champions in the 3A division two years ago, that honor went to the Holy Family Tigers last year — a title the Pirates hope to regain.