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Dexter’s youth will be an asset next season

David Rocha File Photo Dexter’s Tyler Brisco (2) shoots a three-pointer against Lordsburg earlier this season at home.

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The Dexter boys’ basketball team was in the midst of one the greatest high school runs in school history. The Demons had graduated a group of seniors that had just come off of winning the state football championship and had been to the quarterfinals each of the last four years.

With a lot of moving parts at Dexter, former boys’ basketball coach Arthur Cobos took the girl’s job so he could coach his daughters. Dexter’s athletic director Dave Campbell hired girls’ softball coach Sonny Duran to get the boys back into the playoffs.

He had been an assistant for Art Cobos the past three years

Sonny Duran talked to RDR Sports about his first year on the bench as the coach and the season Dexter had. Dexter’s season did not go as well as many would have liked:

Looking back

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Last year this program graduated 14 seniors who had been playing on the varsity team the past three years. I was put in a tough situation right off the bat with having zero varsity experience from my players to start the 2019 season.

None of these kids had ever played a varsity game in their lives, and we all know that regardless of the classification, going from junior varsity straight to varsity is a huge jump. With that said, our boys fought hard to the end.

Not one time did these boys quit on me or their teammates. The opposing coaches always praised us for our effort: At the end of the day, that is the only thing we can control. This year, I am graduating four seniors. These seniors laid down the foundation for our program to continue to build upon.

Next season

Since the season has come to an end, and after much reflection. In my first season as head coach, I view it as an incredible learning experience for myself and my athletes. I am encouraged to know that we will be returning seven of my top 10 scorers.

We definitely have something to build upon, what is even more impressive is these young men’s awesome attitudes.

Our top five scorers this year were … senior Guard Jorge Carrasco, who ended up with 219 points; followed by freshman guard Joshua Duran, with 148; followed by sophomore guard Juan Fuentes, with 134; and then by Marco Munoz, with 104; and finally Tyler Brisco, with 75.

We will have a healthy Brisco, he only played the first part of the season because of injuries he sustained while playing. Some of our boys did receive district recognition, sophomore guard Juan Fuentes was the only player from Dexter to earn a spot on the all-district team.

Senior guard Jorge Carrasco and freshman guard Joshua Duran earned honorable mention.

Regardless of how the season ended, I am so honored to have the opportunity to coach these hard-working young men. I would like to thank my assistant Arturo Duran for his time and hard work as well. I would also like to thank my athletes for their efforts day in and day out.

I am looking forward to next season. A big goal of mine is to have an outstanding summer program to give these athletes and me more experience and exposure. Because I accepted the job in mid-June, I was never able to do that.

The one thing my team has learned is we have to win the close games. Last year we lost some close games because of our inexperience. This year with the talent we have coming back and the experience we have, those one-point loses should go in our favor.

We have learned a lot as a young group and the biggest lesson was to stay together in the good times and bad. In my opinion, that is how you become a winning team. I can’t wait for next year.


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