If you have yet to watch 2A independents Grand County and San Juan so far during the 1990-91 preseason, you might have already missed your best opportunities to see the two teams.
Because of their independent status, both the Red Devils and the Broncos are forced to fill up their November and December schedules as much as possible - before the rest of the 2A teams get too involved in league play in Regions 9 and 10 and become unavailable.Oh, the 2A independent twosome will be playing scattered games through January and February - but half of their regular-season schedules have already been played.
The two qualify for state-tournament play through league playoffs - Grand County with Region 9 and San Juan with Region 10. Selected regular-season games for both count as equivalent league schedules, with their equivalent league record used in seeding the two teams with the rest of the teams in the region playoffs.
Grand: Coach Troy Bohling isn't going to extremes this season. There's no real height advantage or disadvantage nor is there no real abundance or lack of experience.
Leading off the list of Red Devil returnees is 6-1 senior guard-forward Todd Pene, with a pair of 6-3 forwards Scott Horton and Rex Hamblin also back for their senior seasons. Moving up in the rotation are 6-3 senior guard-forward Shawn Spring, 5-10 junior guard Ambrose Toney and 6-3 junior forward Jim Olsen.
San Juan: Pardon the pun, but here's the long and short on the Broncos this season. Don't discount 5-5 senior point guard Brook Shumway because of his size - the speedster runs the court and the offense just fine, and he's tough enough to have earned all-state honors in football. And Coach Dennis Jones is welcoming 6-5 junior transfer Ryan Nielson, since San Juan didn't have a starter over 6-foot last season.
Elsewhere on the Bronco roster, 6-0 junior guard Nathan Nielson adds strong perimeter shooting and returns to the varsity rotation with 6-0 senior forward Dave Halls. Expected to make major contributions along the frontline are 6-2 junior Boyd Grover and 6-5 senior Nielson Brown.