OURAY – Though they’ve lacked stability, Ouray High School’s Trojans have made up for their unstable game roster by playing harder than the rest of their competition.
The Trojans boast a winning 7-1 record, and will meet Ridgway, their league rivals and closest competitors, this Saturday for homecoming games on Trojan territory.
“We haven’t had a consistent starting five all year, but so far we’ve been able to outwork other teams,” said OHS boys basketball’s head coach Jim Blennis of what he admits is a slightly surprising starting record for the 2010 team. “Overall, the kids work really hard in games and that has carried us through.”
Blennis has had a different starting lineup in each of the team’s eight games this season, due to a flurry of player injuries and suspensions that have left open gaps in the roster. In fact, the Trojans have had only three players attend every game so far this season. Two of those are Chris Cramp and Kenneth Wilson, a dynamic duo that has single-handedly carried the team offensively in the new season. Blennis said that these two players’ individual skill combined with the tenaciousness of the other players thrown into each game have made the difference in Ouray’s winning record.
“So far we’ve prevailed, but it hasn’t exactly been pretty,” Blennis said.
Last season the Trojans, under the direction of new coach Blennis, climbed all the way to the Regional finals. The end to their bright 2008-09 season came when they lost to Grenada.
Blennis said he believes this year’s roster has the skill set required to once again win a berth into the Regional final match. What the team needs now is consistency.
“The biggest challenge we’ll face this year is getting everybody healthy and eligible, so we can finally put together a starting five that will be consistent for the rest of the year,” he said.
The Trojans’ persistence will indeed be tested this Saturday, when they meet neighborhood rivals and closest competitors, the Ridgway Demons, for their homecoming games. Games begin at 2 p.m. with junior varsity boys; varsity girls will play at 3:30 p.m.; and the varsity boys will take the court at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming festivities will begin at 5 p.m.