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Bulldog boy basketball preview 2015-2016

Bulldog coach Sean FitzSimons greeted 50-plus hopefuls Saturday morning, Nov. 14 in the Dawg House for the upcoming 2015-2016 basketball season. Photo by Lou Martin.

Bulldog coach Sean FitzSimons greeted 50-plus hopefuls Saturday morning, Nov. 14 in the Dawg House for the upcoming 2015-2016 basketball season. Photo by Lou Martin.

Coach Sean FitzSimons hopes to improve on last year’s 1-A Sunrise Conference record of 9-5 and overall season record of 13-13 with his 2015-2016 Bulldog squad. The highlight game of last season was the upset victory over Desert Pines in the Dawg House. That Jaguar squad is loaded again. Most of last year’s team is returning including heavily recruited 6’5” Trevon Abdullah and point guard Capri Uzon plus adding transfer 6’8” forward Greg Floyd Jr. the most recruited basketball player in the state.

The good news for the Dawgs is that the Jaguars will move up next year to Division 1. Last season’s second place finisher Del Sol will need to reload as they lost nine seniors. Third place finisher Chaparral will return two good guards in Marc Silas and Samuel Porras.

The Bulldogs meanwhile will return a backcourt of Jarret Tietjen and Zack Barnum plus leading scorer Marcus Saunders at a swing position. The Dawgs will also count on small forward Andrew Memmott and 6’6’ Reed Jensen who is moving up from last year’s J.V. squad. The Dawgs will have experience coming off the bench with Josh Bishop, Jayson Brooks and Tony Urias.

“We intend to press more with our quick starting five,” said coach FitzSimons. “I believe we are a playoff team again this year.” The Dawgs open the season at Faith Lutheran Dec. 1 before hosting the Bulldog Invitational on Dec. 11-12.

Bulldog Coach Joey Bowler had approximately 90 girl’s tryout for the flag football program. The Bulldogs will have freshman, J V and Varsity programs this year. Photo by Lou Martin

Bulldog Coach Joey Bowler had approximately 90 girl’s tryout for the flag football program. The Bulldogs will have freshman, J V and Varsity programs this year. Photo by Lou Martin

Gridiron Gals kickoff new season

The Virgin Valley High School girl flag football team begins 2015-2016 play in a new formatted division. The flag football program will follow 1-A Division team format instead of last year’s Clark County Flag Program. The Lady Dawgs will compete with 1-A programs only as in other sports. That’s good news for the Dawgs as they have never lost to a 1-A Conference team since the program began. The Bad news is they will face last year’s overall champion Boulder City twice. The Eagles went 22-0 to win it all in 2014-2015. The Eagles registered 10 shutouts with a stingy defense. The Eagles return Jeanne Carnell, whom in some circles was considered the best quarterback in flag football.

The Bulldogs finished 9-7 in league play and 12-9 overall. The Lady Dawgs return speedsters Kaydee Bingham and Marlene Quiarte at the running positions. Quarterback Kallie Graves returns for her third season and has a strong arm. Top receiver Dylan Bryant gives the Dawgs a strong offense. Last year’s freshman contingent of Graves, Madison Chaney, Kari Wakefield, Markell Ludvigson and McKenzie Leishman should benefit from another year’s experience under their belt. “Boulder City has a great team in our conference and Cheyenne in the Sunset conference should field another good team,” said Coach Joey Bowler. “We lost our three safeties but newcomers Emily Teerlink, Fallon Hafen and Dalylah Chavez should fill in nicely. We also picked up freshman speedster Karla Correa who starred for the soccer team.” “We will be running our standard 3-4 defense.” added assistant Coach Gary Hartman. Returnees Hannah Haviland, Wakefield, Ludigson, and Leishman should play well.” The Bulldogs begin their season against Western High School on Nov. 27 in the Dawg Pound.

Lady Bulldogs 2015-2016 basketball preview

Assistant coach Keven Hess instructs the Lady Dawgs during opening day practice Saturday morning, Nov. 14 in the Dawg House. Photo by Lou Martin.

Assistant coach Keven Hess instructs the Lady Dawgs during opening day practice Saturday morning, Nov. 14 in the Dawg House. Photo by Lou Martin.

The Virgin Valley High School Lady Dawg basketball team is hoping to improve on last year’s 10-4 1-A Sunrise Conference record and 14-10 overall record. The Dawgs placed third in conference play but lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Chaparral and Boulder City tied for the top spot last year with 12-2 records and will again compete in the upcoming season. The Cowboys return Marcia Hawkins, Alexis Vanstory who scored 11.8 and 10.0 points per game respectively. Jade Hazelton 5.8 P.P.G. average and 43 blocks returns at the center spot. The Eagles meanwhile return leading scorer Megan Morton 5’11” who performed at a 17 P.P.G. clip last year.

The Bulldogs meanwhile will depend on a speedy squad led by returning starting guards Emma Barnum and Spencer Green. Bernice Fiso and Brianna Todd will be counted on to man the boards. Also returning are Janella Fiso and Savannah Lee.

The Dawgs will need to groom a post player to replace two graduated 6-foot-plus players. “We intend to play more man-to-man this year with a smaller quicker team,” said Bulldog Coach Chimane Creer.

“The kids need to get in shape as we will bring pressure to the floor. At times we may go with three guards including Abbie Barnum who is really fast and who knows there could be four (guards) on the floor. Our defense setup will start out as 2-3 match up and vary from there. Todd will be called on more on the offensive side this year. I expect her to have a good year. We have a tough early schedule with Faith Lutheran on Dec. 1 and the Page tournament beginning Dec. 3,” Creer said.

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