Basketball aficionados your time has arrived. Tryouts for this season’s roster began Saturday Nov. 12. The Virgin Valley High School Bulldog basketball team kicks off their pre league play on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas at the Lake Mead Classic. Their first home games will begin on Dec.9 hosting the annual Bulldog Invitational Tournament (BIT). Bulldog coach Sean FitzSimons has scheduled another fine tournament lineup ensuring an entertaining event.
This season begins the inaugural 3A basketball realignment play. Four 1A teams moved up leaving 12 teams in two separate conferences. The Dawgs will still be in the Sunrise Conference along with Chaparral, Boulder City, Moapa Valley, TECH and Del Sol High Schools. Perennial power Desert Pines and Sunrise Mountain moved to the 3A Sunset Conference. The path for remaining teams to win the Sunrise Conference increased with the movement of Desert Pines. The Bulldogs and Chaparral should be considered the favorites in the conference with the Dawgs advantage is returning good talented journeyman on their roster. “The Sunrise Conference should be more competitive top to bottom with realignment,” said FitzSimons. “Del Sol and Chaparral are well coached and seem to be tough every year.” Chaparral finished last year with an 11-3 record good enough for second place while the Dawgs finished 9-5.
The Bulldogs will be counting on swing man Andrew Memmott who scored at a 10-7 points per game clip last year and shooting guard Hogan Fowles 9.1 P.P.G. to lead the offense. Point guard Jarrett Tietjen will again be the floor general. Memmott, Tietjen and Fowles have played together since their freshman years giving the Dawgs good senior leadership. The if factor will be 6’6” senior center Reid Jensen and junior forward Jayden Perkins who need to have big years both from rebounding and increasing their offensive performances. “At times, we may run a four guard offense, dependent on our underneath play,” added FitzSimons. “I may carry up to 12 players this year. Also in the mix are Jayson Brooks, Devon Cox, Tyson Wilson, and footballers Cesar Zarate and Chase Henderson. What really makes me happy with realignment this year is we will have zero league games in December giving our kids ample time to gain game experience.”