Rocky Mountain High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference
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Head Coach: Dane Roy
Years as Head Coach: 5th Season
Previous Experience: Ten years at Mountain View sub-varsity levels
Record Last Year: 19-7
Kobe Terashima, PG, 12
Kolby Lee, P, 12
Hunter Ranstrom, W, 11
Tyler O’Donnell, W, 11
Returning Players with Honors:
Kobe Terashima – First Team All-Conference
Kolby Lee – Second Team All-State, Second Team All-Conference
Key Players lost from last year:
Zach Ludwig. -Senior leadership and solid ball handler
Blair Moore – Great size and skill set
Written by: Lucas Gebhart
The 2015-16 consolation champions return deeper than they were last season.
The Grizzlies return Kolby Lee off of his Second Team All-State junior season and Kobe Terashima, who was First Team All-Conference last season.
Lee will provide the Grizzlies with an inside game that is crucial for success in the Southern Idaho Conference while Terashima will keep defenses honest through his outside shooting as he runs the offense at point guard, giving Rocky a balanced offensive attack, that hardest kind of offense to defend.
Although the Grizzlies lost Zach Ludwig and Blair Moore to graduation, Rocky returns with a deeper team than they have had in years past.
Ludwig’s ball handling skills and senior leadership is irreplaceable and Moore’s size and skill set are hard shoes to fill, but head coach Dane Roy’s team is up for the challenge.
In addition to Terashima and Lee, the Grizzlies return two other upperclassmen who have All-Conference potential in Hunter Ranstrom and Tyler O’Donnell. The junior wings will see their roll and responsibility increased this season.
The Grizzlies averaged 58 points per-game last season, scoring over 70 four different times, but were held to a season-low 35 points Jan. 30 in a home matchup against Borah.
In that 50-35 loss, Rocky turned the ball over routinely and did not maximize offensive possessions.
Roy will look to see more consistent offensive play this season through both his starters and his bench.
That depth will help the Grizzlies late in ball games on the defensive end of the floor.
“The team depth should allow us to play quicker and more aggressively,” Roy said.
The Grizzlies gave up an average of 47.6 points per-game, including holding Columbia to 14 points in a Jan. 29 home game.
Although the team has more depth and will played more aggressively, Roy says that team communication needs to be improved.
According to Roy, no team stands out on the Grizzlies schedule. For Rocky, each game is just as important as the next.
“I would rather not separate the importance of one game over another,” Roy said.