La Veta boys set to improve this year
by David High
LA VETA — La Veta boys will return to the hard-courts with the goal of improving on a disappointing season last year. The team has promise and should make their opponents stand up and take notice this time around under second year coach Jon Brunelli.
The Redskins boys return six players from last season’s 8-13 team. Seniors Gato Montez, Alex Mondragon, Eric Morgan and Jose Aguirre will give the Redskins a good amount of experience heading into the competition this season. Junior Ty Warren and sophomore Dalton Mason round out the returning lettermen for the La Veta team that finished league play with a record of 3-7.
La Veta finished eighth in the District-6 standings last year with Primero and Sierra Grande tying for first place in conference play. Having lost only two seniors that completed a full season with the team in 2016-2017, this team will consist of players who experienced plenty of court-time last year and are ready to make this season a winning one.
Guard Morgan and Center Warren, who finished first and third respectively in team scoring last year, should once again lead the team on the offensive end of the floor. Morgan scored 187 total points at a 9.4 points per game average and shot 43 percent from the field. Warren had 119 total points at 6.3 points per game.
Rebounding should be one of the Redskins strengths with Morgan, Warren and Mondragon hitting the boards in a similar fashion from last season. These three players alone totaled 413 offensive and defensive boards for the year.
Second year coach Jon Brunelli had this to say about the upcoming season, “We have a young group of guys coming off the bench this season, but also some great senior leadership as well. We have high expectations for our team and as the season goes on we hope to only get better and better. We’re excited to kick off another season of Redskin basketball.”
Carson Miller, (Fr) 5’-10”;
Gage Eddleman, (Fr) 5’-7”;
Ian Vallejos, (Fr) 5’-7”; and
Kaleb Andreatta, (Fr) 5’-7” will round out the La Veta squad.