I am sitting at a desk writing this piece in a little house on the banks of the Hassayampa River just outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. We headed out after the JUCO state tournament and did a little gambling in Nevada and now are getting ready to watch the Dodgers in Glendale, Arizona. Oh forgot, I received a call from my brother in Minnesota who was sitting looking outside at the blizzard(Alberta Clipper) that was blowing 2 1/2 feet of snow. He wasn’t too happy when I let him know about the 90 degree weather here.
The warm weather, the quiet gurgling of the river, the change of environment has given me time to think about last season and the next one coming up. Here goes;
Past season had 20 wins, three wins over state runner up Chaffey. Led the majority of the playoff game against State Champ Mt. Sac. Beat final four Merritt in the summer. Put on an outstanding summer tournament. Lost twice to San Bernardino Valley by 4 points and lost to Desert on the road on a 40 footer by their Center. Not bad but as every team in the State would say, “Things must improve next year.”
There will be some some very exciting things going in the next couple of months. AVC has 6 graduating sophomores;
- Mike Scott
- Terrance Berry
- Larry Slaughter
- Vadal Faniel
- John Washington
- Dwan Caldwell
These players will be visiting Universities to determine which scholarship they will accept. Four of the six players have multiple offers and two have interest at the next level. Interest will turn to offers when high school players and other JUCO players don’t make their grades. It will fun reporting on this recruiting. AVC sends their players to the next level! Great stuff.
So how about next year?
Recruiting, getting the Summer Tournament organized, planning for the move to the Western State South Conference, reporting on the returning sophomores, the transfers, and the new high school recruits. Stay tuned to this website keep up with AVC’s activities and even other teams.