By Dave Maxwell
Special to The Ely Times
Like the girls, the White Pine High boys basketball team will have a new coach. Former player Terrill Trask begins his tenure on the bench.
Trask, a 2005 graduate of White Pine, and business marketing degree from Southern Utah University, will face a challenge however. The Bobcats had a down year in 2015, going 5-18 and 4-12 in the 2A Southern league. Now, they are switching to the 2A Northern League.
Eleven seniors return to the team this season with three starters returning. Trask said, “I see a lot of potential in the kids and they needed someone who could dedicate the time to develop the program, so I stepped in.”
The top players are expected to be Colton Rowley, Sam Stewart, Gabe Harris, Dakota Barela and Colton Britton. Junior Collin Young is also expected to be a strong player.
“Moving to the Northern league this year will challenge us to hold our own in it,” Trask said. “We struggled with turnovers really bad last year, so we are working hard on making sure we control the ball better this year.”
He also thinks the North will be more competitive than the South, “just because some of those Vegas schools can play year round, whereas this year we’ll be playing against people who are similar to us in the same environment.”
Action begins this weekend at the Hawthorne Invitational, they are also scheduled to play in the Virgin Valley Bulldog Invitational in Mesquite Dec. 9-10. League play begins Dec. 17 at Yerington.
Trask hopes to be able to make it to the playoffs with such a heavily senior dominated team. Hope burns eternal at the start of any season and only time will reveal the outcome. White Pine can dream right along with any of them. West Wendover in 2013 was the last Northern team to win the 2A title. It’s been a lot longer for the Bobcat boys, 1952 in fact, but then again if the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series anything is possible.