The Diamondbacks from Beaver Dam High School recently completed a very successful winter basketball season. The Lady D-Backs finished with a 20-6 overall record and 5-3 Southern Division IV record. “At one point we were 14-2 but lost two starters to injury,” said D-Back Coach Charles Hurley. “We started the season going with a man press and stuck with it most of the year.” The Diamondbacks were led by Jailene Hernandez who scored 18.6 points per game and led the team in assists with 4.7. The D-Backs placed fourth in league play and hosted a division playoff game against Tonopah. Hernandez had 28 point in a 43-37 win over the Muckers. They lost in the league semi-finals to eventual Southern Division winner Round Mountain. Coach Hurley stated in his Beaver dam Capsule in November, “We will depend on a tight man to man defense to overcome our lack of scoring. It should be a fun season, and if we can focus on the ‘One game at a time idea’, good things will happen for us at the end of the season.” Not a bad prognosticator going 20-6 in his first season coaching the D-Backs. “We have nine returnees next year, but play a tougher non-league schedule,” added Hurley.
The D-Back boys did not fair, as well as the girls team but were still successful going 11-12 overall and 6-4 in league. “We had our ups and downs this year, but had a great win over Round Mountain,” Said Coach and Athletic Director Rory Hurley. “We had a terrible first half against Round Mountain but came back with seconds remaining to win 63-61.” Junior swing man Nick Miromontes led the D-Backs averaging 15 points per game and 7.5 boards per game. “We lose three starters next year but return Nick and our point guard. If the young kids, freshman and two sophomores give us good minutes, it could be an interesting year.” Miromontes was named to the Southern Division IV second team.
Athletic Director Hurley added,” This is our second full year in NIAA sports and its tough competing with the small charter and open enrollment schools who reach out to a huge base in Las Vegas.” “We played eight-man football this year, plus a volleyball program in the fall. With only 120 kids, we are never sure how they will respond.”