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Tip off to start a new season


It’s that time of year again Cowboys! Basketball season, one last time for us to cheer on our seniors; Ethan Powel, Decker Dzeirzon, Jack Hendrix, Keegan Kinsman, and Kyle Brimhall through their last ride playing for this program. Along with these seniors, we’d also like to congratulate all the boys who made the team this season. Varsity/JV: Jr, Bryson Roberts, Jr, Camden Killian, Jr, Dennis Castagno, Jr, Evan Bunderson, Jr, Jaxon Kell, Jr, Keltin Byrd, Jr, Kohner Smith, Jr, Mike Troxel, Jr, Payton Thornton, Sophomore, Jaxxon Jenson, and Sophomore Jordan Fawson. Sophomore: Broc Hodgson, Cole Sparks, Dresden Jensen, Easton Hammond, Ian McCluskey, Kolter Dong, Payton Cummings, and Wally Mouritsen. Freshmen: Dacoda Arnold, Andrew Rodriguez, Dallan Van vliet, Nick Adams, Colt Thomas, Austyn Jones, Dawson Dunlavy, Richie Mouritsen, and Braxton Goodsell. 

These boys made the cut for the 2033-2024 basketball season out of nearly 50 boys. So congratulations to everyone!

 Although this is an exciting time of year, it is also the hardest part as well, Head Coach Kaylie Gudka explained, “This has to be one of the hardest days of the year. I love each and every one of these guys that try outs and don’t want any of them to take it personal. This is a huge life lesson. It is how you respond, are you going to give up, realize a different path in life, or strap on your shoes and get to work. Always chase your dreams whether they are close or far.” Even if you didn’t make the team this year, keep your head up. There are alternative programs like Jr. Cowboys you can participate in to keep your skills up to try again next season. 

  The ultimate goal of this 23-24 season is to “ WIN IT ALL!!!” said Head Coach Kaylie. She believes that this program is set up for success! Coach Kaylie and her fellow staff members: Stace Riding, Troy Sanders, Kody Bryd, Travis Molford, and Izaiah Sanders are prepared to lead these boys to success and to help them grow as people. 

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 “It takes a team to be good, but it takes a community to be GREAT. We need all the love and support throughout the season for these incredible group of guys!!” said Head Coach Kaylie Gudka. So let’s go support these boys at their first home game of the season, December 6th!

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