Varsity basketball parents send off seven players |

Varsity basketball parents send off seven players

Matt BrownFrom left to right: Seniors Crysta Weed, Nicole Cardinali, Brie LeDain, Brian McMullen, Deverie Hewitt, Jacqueline Diaz and Melissa Gadsby were honored on Saturday in Truckee's gym.

After the Truckee High School varsity girls’ defeat to Northern 3A top seed Lowry on Saturday, a ceremony was held to send off seven seniors, six of whom played on the girls’ team.

The six senior girls were Nicole Cardinali, Melissa Gadsby, Jacqueline Diaz, Brie LeDain, Crysta Weed and Deverie Hewitt (a seventh senior, Emily Griesmer, did not attend the ceremony).

The lone boys’ senior and arguably the heart and soul of the team this season was Brian McMullen. From his point guard position, McMullen played with intensity every minute he was on the court, and he could shoot from beyond the arc or drive to the hoop with equal skill. His three-pointers kept Truckee in the close games it played this year.

The seven seniors met their parents at center court and were given flowers before the boys tipped off their game.

Under first-year head coaches, the Truckee High School varsity basketball teams struggled in 2003-2004. Both teams will miss the postseason starting Thursday at Lowry High School.

The girls, under head coach Angelo Tenorio, almost sent the seniors off in the best way imaginable. Truckee showed an amazing will to win that had been lacking most of this season. For three quarters, it had the Truckee home crowd believing it could do the impossible.

With Truckee down only two early in the fourth quarter, Lowry went on a 21-9 run to finish off last-place Truckee. A Truckee win would have ruined an undefeated season for Lowry in the Northern 3A. But there would be no Cinderella story on Saturday, as Truckee lost 58-44.

But there is hope on the horizon. The junior varsity girls’ had the strongest year among the four high school teams, finishing 8-6 in league, losing only to the top three teams in league and finishing fourth in the Northern 3A. With five juniors and two sophomores slated to return next season, including starting sophomore Felicia Tenorio, the 2004-2005 season looks promising.

For the boys, under the leadership of Josh Jansen, there is no reason that next season should not be defined by improvement. In losing only one senior, Jansen could be starting five seniors in 2004-2005. Freshman Drew Stewart may have been the most promising story this season. Midway through the league schedule, Stewart had earned a starting position.

On Saturday, the varsity boys closed its season with a 56-43 defeat to Lowry. On Friday, it avoided finishing in last place by beating Spring Creek, 60-42.

The JV boys lost many close games this season and deserve a better record than they ended up with – 9-15 overall. Their final two games tell the story – a 38-37 loss to Spring Creek on Friday, and a 39-36 loss to Lowry on Saturday (a Truckee three-point attempt fell short as time expired).

The junior varsity boys’ head coach was also in his first year. He said the key for Truckee is to build a strong foundation from the junior varsity up by creating some longevity in the coaching staffs.

The top six teams in the standings go to the playoffs at Lowry High School Feb. 19-21.

2003-2004 regular season Northern 3A

boys’ basketball standings

league overall

Manogue 15 1 24 4

Rite of Passage 13 3 20 6

Lowry 9 7 14 12

Fernley 8 8 12 12

Dayton 8 8 12 13

Yerington 7 9 16 12

North Tahoe 5 11 7 17

Truckee 4 12 7 20

Spring Creek 3 13 6 20

Sparks – – 13 14

Truckee JV boys’ final record

9-15, 6-12 in the Northern 3A

2003-2004 regular season Northern 3A

girls’ basketball standings

league overall

Lowry 14 0 27 2

Spring Creek 10 3 18 6

Fernley 9 5 15 9

Manogue 6 8 12 15

North Tahoe 5 9 7 13

Dayton 5 9 11 13

Yerington 4 10 12 17

Truckee 2 12 6 16

Sparks – – 0 22

Truckee JV girls’ final record

14-6, 8-6 in the Northern 3A

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