This basketball season was unusual to say the least! With all of the changes thrown at the athletic department as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, and the amended schedule from CHSAA, it was always bound to be a tricky season.
“We were lucky enough to be able to partner with the Mapleton School District and Skyview to create a team together that played in the Frontier League,” says Pinnacle Athletic Director Nic Troupe. “It was a great opportunity for both schools, and it proved to be really successful.”
The Pinnacle boys’ team went 13-2 for the season, and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The Pinnacle girls’ team went 10-3 and just missed the playoffs. In addition, the boys’ team had an overall team GPA of 3.2 combined between varsity and JV, which was a great academic achievement as well.
“Part of what was so amazing to us was the way the coaches and players handled the uncertainty of the season, and came together and just played basketball,” says Troupe. “We give tons of credit to our boys’ coach Ron Guerrero and our girls’ coach Sly Daniels for their great leadership.”
The teams are also really young, which is promising for the future. The graduating seniors for both teams also showed amazing leadership throughout this unprecedented season. These seniors include Fabian Martinez from Mapleton, Antonio Torres from Pinnacle on the boys’ team, and Arly Diaz de Leon from Pinnacle, Jackie Bautista from Pinnacle and Karime Garcia from Mapleton on the girls’ team.
“We are really proud of these Timberwolves, and we can’t wait for all-conference players and coaches to be announced,” says Troupe. “We are hoping our teams will receive the recognition they deserve from the Frontier League.”