Manzanola boys basketball returns to the hardcourt looking to build off last season

David High
The Fowler Tribune

After a second-place finish in the Fishers Peaks League last season, along with some significant losses due to graduation, the Manzanola High School boys basketball team will finally begin the COVID-19 postponed 2021  season.

The Bobcats season will start Friday at home against Springfield.

The key game for the Bobcats will be on Feb. 9th against a tough Primero Bulldog team that finished first in league play last year.

Returning juniors Daniel Escarino, Hunter Morrison and Richard Roberts, sophomores Dalton Carroll and Alex Ramirez should see a majority of the action as the season progresses.

Newcomer Dakota Simms looks to make a contribution toward the season effort as well.

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“We are just like everyone else; our numbers are down due to the constraints of wearing masks," said first-year coach Tom Graham. "With that said I am very encouraged with the young men we have here, they are very much a team pulling for each other and playing for each other. I believe we will play hard and hopefully be in the thick of things come playoff time.”

“Our goals are simple” added Graham. “If we play good defense and run, our chances for success will increase. We will be looking forward to playing meaningful games all the way through the season.”

All but five states (Illinois, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island and Hawaii) in the country have begun the 2021 high school basketball season. Nine states, Colorado included, are scheduled to begin their collective seasons this weekend.