Borah High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference
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Head Coach: Jeremy Dennis
Years as Head Coach: 1st Season
Previous Experience: Borah varsity assistant from 2009-2016
State Titles: 65, 66, 82, 84, 85, 93, 94, 04, 05, 11, 12
Ellis Magnuson, PG
Max Reitman, SG
Derek Opland-Evers C
Returning Players with Honors:
Max Reitman All-Conference- Honorable Mention
Key Players lost from last year:
Rylan Bergersen, G- Great shooter
Deandre Jones-PG, One of best point guards in the state last year
Mark Jerome-F Great defender
Incoming impact players:
George Tarlas, PF, 12
Jay Ahlstrom. F, 11
Written by: Lucas Gebhart
When a 5A team goes 23-3, they usually don’t have to worry about finding a new coach.
After 22 seasons at the helm, Cary Cada retired with 366 wins and four state championships to his name.
Taking over is first year head coach Jeremy Dennis who has been tasked with keeping the Lions winning ways a tradition instead of a legacy.
Dennis is an in-house hire as he has spent the last six years as an assistant varsity coach and has been in the program since 1998.
Led by point guard Ellis Magnuson, SIC Honorable Mention Max Reitman, the inside-out versatility of George Tarlas, the inside presence of Derek Evers and Jay Ahlstrom, Borah looks like they will not miss a beat as they transition into the Jeremy Dennis era.
“We have the ability to be multi-dimensional on the offensive end this year,” Dennis said. “The team is fun to coach.”
Although, Borah will have to make the transition without sharpshooter Rylan Bergersen, ball handler and offensive leader Deandre Jones and the solid defense of Mark Jerome.
Part of that transition will be improving the inside game, which has not been Borah’s strong suit in recent years.
“We need to rebound at a better rate,” Dennis said. “We need to keep guys in front of us.”
Helping this will be two new comers in senior power forward George Tarlas and junior forward Jay Ahlstrom. Both will see significant playing time and will be asked to dominate the glass.
With the return of center Derek Opland-Evers, Borah will have to rebound the ball better than they did last year to prevent second chance opportunities.
With a program that has had as much success as Borah, the coaching and the system is usually the common denominator in the team’s success.
It will be up to Dennis to keep that success going as he takes on the powerhouse that is known as the Southern Idaho Conference. One team that Dennis has is eye on is Rocky Mountain.
“They are a great team and we have had many battles in the past,” Dennis said. “It is always great to play against a very good opponent.”