The Arnold sisters (THS, 2004) have led the basketball team to a 6-7 record, and will lead the Miner charge at this weekend’s San Juan Basin League basketball tournament in Dove Creek.
They said the coaches they had while playing basketball in Telluride made major impacts in their lives, both on and off the court; and now, they’re passing that baton to the next generation.
“One of the main reasons we’ve gotten into coaching this year is because of [high school girls’ basketball coach] Michael Lee, who was such an amazing coach,” Michael Arnold said. “We wanted to keep the interest going for Telluride’s basketball program.”
This year’s middle school team is “such a strong group of girls,” said Casey Arnold. With the skills they’ve garnered this season, they’ll be able to enter into the high school program toting a well-rounded background in the sport.
“It’s important to get the girls as ready as possible for high school,” Casey said.
Last weekend, Telluride hosted Dove Creek at the Minerdome (the Ignacio team cancelled due to bad weather). The Miners pulled out the home court win, 29-18, on the strengths of eighth grade point leaders Margaret Doody and Sarah Wontrobski, as well as the defensive prowess of first-year basketball player Toni Hill.
Telluride will play Mancos in the first round of tournament play this Saturday (they beat the Blue Jays earlier this season in overtime). If they win against Mancos, they’ll go on to play Norwood in the eight-team league tournament.
The Arnold sisters say the team has come a long way since the beginning of the season, and they’re looking forward to strong play from their team at this weekend’s tourney. They give a big thanks to coaches who have stepped in to help this season, including Mike McCloud, Dennis Lankes and Lee.