Hoopsters tall on talent this season
There are still a few weeks between team selections and the first game of the season for the Park City High School girls basketball team, but head coach Steve Crandall is already feeling pretty good about the state of his program.
And he should. He will be starting one of the tallest lineups in the region, if not the state.
"I don’t think anyone is even close in region," Crandall said.
Center Nicole Bishop leads the group at six-feet four-inches, with a group of tall teammates right behind her. Allie Winkelman and Laurel Christensen both hover near the six-foot mark as does newcomer Lauren Deane, little sister of former high school All-American and current Ute hoopster Daniel Deane, who transferred from Judge Memorial this season. Sophomore Zoe VanGorder, who didn’t play for the team last year, is also near the six-foot mark.
In fact, the only area that causes Crandall concern is at the shorter end of the lineup. Senior guards Lacey Jones and Ali Tingey must stay healthy to keep the Miners at the top of the league standings.
"We have a lot of girls without a lot of experience," Crandall explained. "Both of those girls have played a lot for us."
The current status of Region 10 should also benefit the Miners. Unlike last year, when Morgan dominated the league, Crandall says this year should feature a lot of evenly-matched teams. Park City and Uintah boast the tallest rosters and Wasatch should also figure in as a contender. Without Deane, Crandall is unsure how archrival Judge will stack up.
It will be a while before Park City can test the region waters, though. Crandall has scheduled a tough preseason to expose his squad to teams that they will likely run into in the state playoffs. The year starts with a game against Bear River on Nov. 28, followed by a bevy of Region 9 teams, including Dixie, Cedar and Snow Canyon, who could all face the Miners at the end of the year.
Although Crandall already has the varsity lineup somewhat solidified in his mind, the rest has yet to come together until team tryouts take place this week. Crandall says that there is a group of hard-working sophomores retuning and hopes to find some good freshman talent.
"I always hope for surprises," Crandall said. ‘We’ll see who shows up with the freshman class. There’s always somebody I wasn’t expecting."
Tryouts will be held at the high school in the main gym this Monday and Tuesday from 2:45-4 p.m. for freshman and new players. Returning players will be required to stay until 5 p.m. All team hopefuls must wear appropriate gym attire and tennis shoes and bring the Utah High School Activities Association tryout form. For more information, contact Park City assistant coach Matt Mapstone at 640-3733.
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