North Gem High School
Conference: 1AD2 Rocky Mountain Conference
Classification: 1A D2
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Head Coach: Kevin McLain
Years as Head Coach: 2nd Season
Record Last Year: 14-9
State Titles: 1957, 1961, 1995
Walker Davids, SG, 12
Bridger Jensen, PG, 12
Brayden Jensen, SG, 12
Logan Strong, SG, 12
Brandon Lloyd, P, 12
Nathan Christensen, SG, 11
Bronx Holbrook, W, 10
Returning Players with Honors:
Walker Davids and Bridger Jensen
Key Players lost from last year:
Karson Lloyd and Stele Parker. Will miss Karson for his scoring ability and both for their size.
Written by: Sven Alskog
With the graduation of interior presence Karson Lloyd the North Gem Cowboys will rely on a fairly deep and experienced guard line to keep things rolling on the hardwood in Bancroft.
There may be a silver lining to it being a new year though, even without Lloyd. Clark County, a team which knocked North Gem off three times last season, including eliminating the Cowboys in the district tournament, has lost almost its entire team to graduation and there will likely be a changing of the guard at the top of the conference as a result.
Second year Head Coach Kevin McLain has a good group of talent in the backcourt led by seniors Bridger Jensen and Walker Davids.
Three more seniors in Brayden Jensen, Logan Strong and Brandon Lloyd add to the experience level of a team that knows each other awfully well.
"I'm most excited about having a group that has played together for four years," said McLain.
While without Lloyd there will be a transition period into how the team operates moving forward, McLain knows the key will be timing.
"Peaking at the right time," is what he will look to lead his team to.
Of course that right time will be in conference play which should be a race between the Cowboys and Rockland Bulldogs, along with newcomers in the Butte County Pirates.
Rockland has two years of experience in state tournament action amongst its core group of talent, something North Gem does not have, however the Cowboys did split the season series with the Bulldogs last season. They did not play Butte County.
Offensively North Gem is led by good shooting. McLain wants to see the team improve its transition offense.
On the other end of the floor the Cowboys have good athleticism, but will look to better communicate and crash the glass.