High school coaches don’t always measure their teams’ success strictly by wins and losses. Sometimes, especially when coaching young teams that are dominated by underclassmen, strong individual performances and rapid individual improvement provide the first signs that wins will soon follow.
That seems to be the case currently for several PCHS winter season teams. Sometimes team victories might be be hard to come by, but coaches’ reports are brimming with accolades for individual performers that ultimately lead to the collective success of their respective teams.
PCHS girls swimming coming together for Coach Gumm
The Lady Huskies swim team, led by head coach Alicia Gumm, picked up an impressive team victory Dec. 7 at the Woodland Park Dual Meet. The Lady Huskies dominated the event, taking first place in the vast majority of the individual events.
PCHS swimmer Jadyn Mattson got the team off to a strong start by taking first place in the 100-yard individual backstroke.
Sadie Lozensky took first place, 50-yard individual freestyle event with a time of 28.90, while teammate Sydney Wagner took second place in both the 50-yard individual freestyle and the 100-yard individual freestyle races.
Blanca Garcia Quilez-Garcia, meanwhile, took first place in the 100-yard individual breaststroke with a time of 1:29.67
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Mattson, Lozensky, Garcia Quilez-Garcia and Wagner also took first place at the event.
Prior to the Woodland Park Dual Meet, the Lady Huskies competed Dec. 4 in a highly competitive meet at Salida High School.
At that meet, Lozensky finished sixth amongst 41 competitors in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 32.95. Teammate Wagner finished 12th in the 100-meter freestyle race among 20 competitors with a mark of 1:42.07.
Mattson finished fifth among 19 swimmers in the 100-meter backstroke at 1:46.33.
The four swimmers also teamed up to take third place in a field of 11 strong teams in the 200-meter freestyle relays with a time of 2:28.52.
“With only a few days of official practices prior to the meet, I was really impressed with the times each athlete earned,” Gumm said. “Overall, I am looking forward to a great season with a group of athletes who prove their dedication to the team and themselves every day in practice and at meets.”
PCHS girls’ basketball improving with each game
The Lady Huskies basketball team fell short Dec. 14 against Gilpin County, 54-43. After a slow start that left PCHS at a 20-9 disadvantage, they climbed back into the contest and improved their defensive effort in the remaining three quarters.
The Huskies outscorded Gilpin County in the second half, 24-22, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
Chyann Kelly led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Amy Bezzant added 10 points. Aspen Riesberg and Lottie Borowski added seven and six points, respectively.
Hannah Grover was cited by coaches for turning in a terrific defensive effort in that contest.
The Huskes, under the watchful eye of first-year head coach Reesha Curtis, also clashed with Clear Creek Dec. 11. Despite a spirited defensive effort, the Huskies fell to the Golddiggers, 31-21.
Kelly and Bezzant led PCHS in scoring with six points apiece.
“Every game these girls are improving, both individually and as a team,” Curtis said. “That was especially evident against Gilpin County. They communicated and worked together much more fluidly than I’ve seen yet. While we didn’t win on the scoreboard, I was thrilled with what I saw, and I can’t wait for us to get back on that court.”
PCHS boys’ basketball takes on Gilpin County, Clear Creek
The Huskies dropped a pair of recent contests to Gilpin County, 57-41, and Clear Creek, 64-45.
Senior Ryder Bayman led the way in the loss to Clear Creek with 12 points, while sophomore teammate Evan Batzer pitched in 10. Bayman also contributed four rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Against Gilpin County, Kyler Edwards scored eight points, followed by Bayman and Batzer with seven apiece. Ridge Eisele added six points.
Despite the loss, Batzer and Eisele were extremely active in the paint with 13 rebounds apiece.
Huskies head coach Justin Gallegos and his team took on the South Park Burros Dec. 19, but results from that contest were not available at press time.
(Parts of this story were compiled from coaches’ reports)