Coach John Holstrom said that although the squad started out the season with two losses to powerhouse team Dolores County, and one loss each to Mancos and Dolores, the girls are amped to chalk up a win or two for their record this Saturday.
"Though we started out the season a little rusty, the girls have been practicing hard and showing lots of improvement," Holstrom said, adding that scheduling full-attendance practices proved difficult earlier in the season due to the girls' many other after-school commitments. The team has since settled into a regular practice schedule and developed considerably since their first games on Oct. 23. "We're all hoping that this week, we'll pull out a win."
The team consists of five eighth-graders, two seventh- graders and five sixth-graders. Holstrom said he had a virtually raw squad to work with when practices started last month with only two veteran players on the team. Despite their lack of previous basketball experience, Holstrom feels confident that the Telluride team will emerge as a strong force in the San Juan Basin league this year.
This is Holstrom's first season coaching Middle School girls' basketball here in Telluride. He began his coaching career two years ago as head coach of the Ridgway Middle School girls' basketball program. He and TMHS athletic director Mike Hughes urge the community to come out on Saturday and cheer on these talented young basketball players at their final home game of the season. Telluride plays at 9 a.m. and again around noon at the TMHS gymnasium.