Basketball has become the sport at the core of our Scorpion Pride! Bleachers are filled with fans and the enthusiasm is deafening. But it was not always this way.
Five years ago our Athletic Director, Pat Casey, recruited a smart, passionate, new coach to help develop the Upper School boys’ basketball program: Brian Hanshew. This young man was a star at Whittell High School in Zephry Cove, one of our rival schools. Only we couldn’t quite call it a rival school yet, because we didn’t have a varsity team. We had only played JV until “Coach B.” Hanshew insisted on playing varsity. Casey warned him it would be rough. And rough it was. The low point was losing in Yerington, 73 – 6, but fast forward to the 2018 – 2019 season and the team made Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Playoffs for the first time ever and our beloved Coach B unanimously received “Coach of the Year” honors from his peers.
2018 – 2019 also marked a turning point for the Middle School basketball program at Sage Ridge. Coach Cory Clemetson assembled the grade 7 and grade 8 girls’ basketball teams. At Sage Ridge School girls and boys in grades 5+ can try out for the grade 7 & 8 athletic teams, even though they compete against larger schools with true 7th and 8th graders. The girls left it on all the court and both teams advanced to the playoffs in South Lake Tahoe.
In the fall of 2019, the girls team again broke records. The 7th Grade Girls Basketball team dominated the season by going undefeated and becoming the 2019-2020 TAH-NEVA D1 Champions! Also, the 8th grade girls basketball team won the Consolation Bracket at the 2019 TAH-NEVA Championships with two BIG wins over South Tahoe MS and Incline MS.
During the 2018-2019 Middle School boys’ basketball season, they built on the momentum created by the girls’ season. Coach Clemetson’s 7th grade team had a remarkable season and went all the way to the championship! During both middle school seasons our community packed the Great Space for home games, and the maroon and black spirit wear was in full force from our students and parents!
November 2018 saw the rebirth of the Upper School girls’ basketball program. Coach Cameron Crain and Coach Lori Stanko mentored nine hard-working young women, who truly came together as a team and earned their first victory in four years against Excel Christian!
Meanwhile Coach Brian Hanshew and Coach J prepared their young men for the most exciting season yet. Supported by senior co-captains Owen Grimm and Jackson Maurer, the team made Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Playoffs for the first time ever.
The student support was contagious: many of the lower and middle school kids began showing up with their parents. The bleachers became a sea of our Maroon and Black. And our fans let the world know how much they cared about our teams. During time outs, the players had to lean in head first just to hear their coach because the fans were so loud.