Garden Valley High School
Conference: 1AD2 Long Pin Conference
Classification: 1A D2
Head Coach: Bryce Court
Years as Head Coach: 7th Season
Previous Experience: 3 seasons in St. Paul, Oregon
Record Last Year: 8-11
#4 Bryce Waters, F, 12
#22 Zack Johnson, F, 11
Returning Players with Honors:
Zack Johnson, All-League Honorable Mention
“Key Players” lost from last year:
Michael Yearsley, G, was a point guard who handled the offense and drew pressure off of other players. Able to create his own shot as well as distribute.
Incoming “impact” players:
#12 Javier Fuhriman, G, So
Written by: David Bashore
Garden Valley only won eight games last season and has a thin squad coming back for 2015-16. Still, the school has optimism for a productive and improved season this time around.
The Wolverines return two key players to this season’s squad, bringing back junior forward Zack Johnson and senior forward Bryce Waters. These two will have to help carry the load while a younger group led by guard Javier Fuhriman finds its feet. One of the biggest assets for the Garden Valley offense is interchangeability.
The team’s tallest players can handle the ball fairly well and their guards can finish at the rim. That also allows the Wolverines to play a variety of tempos on offense. One point of emphasis going forward is to make sure they don’t have too long of stretches without good offensive sets.
Defensively, Garden Valley may be a little undersized on the perimeter, but it will try to make up for that with athleticism and tenacity in order to recover any disadvantages and turn them into advantageous situations. Inside the two forwards should be quick enough to limit penetrate-and-kick type of attacks from opposition.
Last season, rotation and lack of court awareness were pitfalls that Garden Valley improved upon as the season progresses– the team hopes to start where it finished last season. Above everything else, Garden Valley must stay healthy. Only six varsity players are out, three of them sophomores. But if health isn’t an issue, the growth potential for this bunch could be pretty high.