HS Basketball: Same faces, new places

Fruita Monument boys basketball head coach Ryan Hayden was the head of the Central boys hoops program for the past six seasons.

He led the Warriors from an 0-24 record in his first season to back-to-back playoff appearances in his final two years with Central.

In this year's Warrior Challenge Hayden will be coaching on an enemy sideline.

"It'l be interesting for me out there," Hayden says. "It was such a great place to be but we're not there anymore. I'm excited to go against those guys."

The Wildcats lost their top two scorers from last season in Gunner Rigsby and Jake Brizzolara.

They do return senior Trey Morrill who averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and two blacks per game last season.

"To this tournament we've always kind of been somewhat successful," Morrill says. "But we want to be that team that everyone looks at like, 'oh, they have a chance to do something great this year.' We believe that. Coach (Hayden) says he believes that. So far what I've seen everyone believes it."

The Wildcats open the season against Montezuma-Cortez at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday at Central for day one of the Warrior Challenge.

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