Forty players from the HRV boys basketball program have begun playing twice a week since late May to prepare for next season, when the school moves into the Intermountain Conference.
The varsity squad, led by 2002 stars Andy Holmson, Heath Goin, Mitchell Bohn, Todd Shyppertt and Jarrod Fogle, hopes to get off to a fast start this summer and reverse the trend of inconsistency that plagued the team last season.
JV stars Sam Murillo, Jon Winnett, Brian Crosswhite, Chris Mason and Tyler Monzie are also participating in summer ball, and will give the Eagles much-needed depth in 2003.
Other potential varsity players on the summer roster are Ryan Pratt, Matt Coerper, Dominic Buttaccio, Justin Krizman and Todd Price. Freshmen stars Bryan Nishimoto, Paul Kline and Dennis Methvin have also contributed in the early going.
The team opened play last weekend at the Clark College Tournament held in Vancouver, Wash. HRV lost a “laugher” Friday to Columbia River by a score of 65-30, but rebounded Saturday to play a solid game against perennial powerhouse David Douglas, and lost by just three at 72-69.
Holmson scored 16 and was followed by Buttaccio with 15 and Murillo with 13. The Eagles were able to salvage a win Sunday, however, against a strong North Salem squad by a score of 63-58.
HRV jumped out to a 19-4 lead and held on behind a superb 20-point effort from Murillo. Holmson added 16 and Crosswhite had 11.
The Eagles resume play June 13 against Gresham and will play in the Centennial High School Tournament June 14-15.