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Miners start season with clean slate

New coach David Winkworth takes over program following 3-18 season last year

David Winkworth is heading into his first season as the head coach of Park City's girls basketball team.
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Park City’s girls basketball team is getting a fresh start following a challenging 2021-22 campaign where the Miners started 3-0 and then lost 18 straight. 

The Miners, whose season tips off on Nov. 29 against West Jordan, have a few new faces this year, including on the sidelines. David Winkworth is Park City’s new girls basketball coach, and he’s hoping to turn the program around. 

“I’ve had a lot of fun so far,” Winkworth said. “So far, the moments that we’ve had have been energetic. The girls are awesome. Park City’s an amazing city to be a part of, I think. I’ve had a great time to just learn about the culture of Park City, and I think it’s going to be a great experience with the players we’ve had.”

Winkworth has experience trying to build competitive teams at struggling schools. His first coaching job was at Merit Preparatory Academy, which only had a few wins in the last few years before he showed up. The Knights ended up qualifying for the state playoffs.

“The funny thing about that experience was the school just hasn’t been winning with girls basketball – when we got there and we clinched a spot to go to state, they didn’t have a bus for us to go to state,” he recalled. “They weren’t used to winning. And when we came in there and changed things around with the culture, it was a great experience there.”

Winkworth also had stints at Utah Military Academy Hill Field and Wasatch Academy before taking the job at Park City. Heading into his first season coaching the Miners, he sees their athleticism as a major strength.

“Lacrosse players, soccer players, some volleyball players – well, at the same time they’re playing all year round doing something, so they’re athletes,” Winkworth said. “So, I think just knowing we’ve got athletes in the program is going to be good for us.”

One way Winkworth is hoping to take advantage of Park City’s athleticism is on defense.

“I think we’re going to be one of the best defensive teams in the state,” he said. “I really believe that. I think, in my past, we’ve always been one of the top defensive teams and we’ve changed that. And now, we’ve got the athletes that can actually run my system a lot better than I think some of the schools in the past.”

Senior Ava Kimche enters her senior season feeling optimistic. She pointed out the balance between the number of seniors on the varsity team (eight) and younger players looking to break through.

“We have a lot of new incoming freshmen, and then JV- and varsity-wise, we have eight seniors, which is good,” she said. “We also have a lot of potential in the JV team to play up. So, I’m looking forward to seeing all different levels of skill being played and just playing as a big team.”

Winkworth hopes to develop junior Leah Yaeger into the team’s starting point guard, calling her “a big X factor.” Yaeger has seen positive things from the Miners already as well.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth already,” she said. “We’ve only been practicing for a couple weeks now. So, I’m really excited to see this season ends up going with all these new things.”


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