Warriors’ new season has new coach

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By Steve Smith

FORT COLLINS – The new season for the Eagle Ridge girls basketball team isn’t the only new item this year.

Keith Casey takes over the coaching duties, and he’s liked what he’s seen so far.

“We’re going on a really good trip,” he said. “Everything is up for this season. We don’t have any seniors, but the rest are performing to very high standards.”

ERA won the season opener against Fort Lupton 47-32, then won two of three at a tournament at Front Range Baptist Academy.

“There’s a real positive attitude,” Casey said. “A lot of times, when you go into a new program, the seniors have no leadership. It’s hard. But everybody has a really good, positive attitude. The leadership is coming from the bench, the sophomores (Olivia Mendoza, Jackie Alvarez-Gordillo, Aryanna Hiatt, Jazzz Scott and Cyndee Collins), my one junior (Aiyanna Bravo). They are really good players.”

Such an atmopshere make’s Casey’s job fun.

“It really does. Practice is fun. The first game (against Fort Lupton) was fun,” he said. “This game (a 47-32 loss to Front Range Baptist Nov. 30) was stressful. But the funny thing is they kept positive, despite the fact they were down.”

The Warriors are in the middle of an 11-day layoff. Their next game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at home against Valley High School.

“I liked the energy (against Front Range Baptist). They were struggling, but they kept upbeat,” Casey said. ”The defense is amazing. I expect to have some good defenders this season. But we have to work all around. We’re young. We’re going to get better each and every game.”


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