High School Sports

Greyhound boys off and running again

GRANDVIEW -- The Grandview Greyhounds were going to be good this year, especially after returning three starters and several role players from last year's eighth-place finisher at state.

But the Greyhounds may be even better than CWAC watchers thought, rolling off 12 consecutive wins to start the season, including impressive road wins at East Valley, Ellensburg and Wapato.

In a quirk of scheduling, Grandview played eight of its first 12 games on the road, meaning that the Greyhounds will play six of their final eight regular-season games at home. That tips the scales in Grandview's favor to record the third undefeated regular season in school history.

Grandview previously accomplished that feat in 1990 and 2002. Both times, the Greyhounds went on to win the 2A state championship without a loss at 27-0.

But that's getting way to ahead of things, says 'Hounds coach Roy Garcia, who played on the 1990 squad and was an assistant coach on the 2002 team under Scott Parrish.

"It's a tradition at Grandview, and I know it's an old clich, but we take it just one game at a time," Garcia said. "Groups like this don't come around very often. We've been telling the boys to seize the moment and just enjoy it."

So far they have.

The team's top five scorers are all seniors, led by Daniel Nielsen (16.7 points per game) and Christian Schrank (15.8). Adrian Reyes also averages in double figures at 10.8 points a game.

But it's not all about one or two guys doing the scoring. The Greyhounds depend on a full bench to keep opponents off balance with scoring and good, hard-nosed defense.

Senior guard Tony Vela has led the team in scoring three times this year, and junior forward Salvador Escobedo is averaging 11.1 points over the last four games.

"It shows the experience of this team. We try to put them in (pressure) situations in practice. They keep working hard, and they're constantly asking questions," Garcia said. "The CWAC is so much fun to coach in. Any team -- regardless of record -- can upset anybody."