Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Steamboat Springs Paul Draper, coach of Steamboat Springs Middle School's eighth-grade girls basketball team, thinks of the sport as a balancing act.
"Are we serious, or are we going to have fun?" Draper said. "It's not about winning or losing, but it is about playing basketball. We had a great group this year."
The Steamboat team finished 8-6, traveling as far as Rangely and Summit County to compete.
"We used to play Summit," Draper said. "I went over there trying to get them going again."
Eighth grade is the second year of organized basketball within the Steamboat Springs School District, so the focus remains on having fun and improving fundamentals.
The eighth-grade season is nearly two months long. This year, 17 eighth-grade girls played basketball.
Draper said two of the team's biggest highlights from the season came in losses.
"We lost to Craig twice. Once by one (point) and once in overtime," Draper said. "We haven't beat them in forever. They are serious about basketball over there."
Another highlight comes today, when the team travels to the Pepsi Center in Denver to watch a National Basketball Association game between the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons.
Sara BearssEmily BirchMatthia DuryeaHannah FishmanCourtney GarthSarah HillLillian HoffColleen KingHanna KurowskiEmma LyonsCorey PuffettJennifer SkovgaardGrace StockdaleKylee SwiggartJamie WinterChristine WolfeLindsey Yost
"It was a great year," Draper said.