By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs have begun basketball practice and will scrimmage the Longhorns tonight (Nov. 16) in Payson. The scrimmage will begin at 7 p.m., following a 5 p.m. scrimmage between the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Longhorns.
The Bulldogs will open the regular season by hosting the Williams Vikings on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with a junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. following a 6 p.m. game between the Winslow Lady Bull-dogs and the Ganado Lady Hornets. Winslow will host the Hopi Bruins on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a freshman game at 6 p.m. in the old Bulldog Gym, a junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7:30 p.m. following the girls’ game at 6 p.m.
After those games the Bulldogs will host the Winslow Shootout Tournament Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. After the tournament the Bulldogs will go to Polacca for a rematch with the Hopi Bruins on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Flagstaff Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, will provide some important tests for the Bulldogs, and will be followed by home games against the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and the Page Sand Devils on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The final game on the 2012 portion of the schedule will be played on Thursday, Dec. 20, in Williams for a rematch with the Vikings.
The Bulldogs are coached by Ricky Greer, with assistants Nathan Brady, Leif Seed, Ozzie Shirley and Shawn Layden.
The varsity roster includes seven seniors, Michael Goldtooth, Shane Sweet, Lukas Shirley, Tito Johnson, Junior Stacey, Timmy Little and Justin Saginitso, and eight juniors, Keenan Keams, Demetrius Gamez, Milland Thomas, Stevin Nelson, Frank Kelly Jr., Jesi Bitsoi, Vincenzio Sells and Andrew Greenwood.
There are four juniors and 10 sophomores on the junior varsity roster, and 12 players on the freshman roster. Shawn Layden is the coach of the freshman team. Lief Seed is the coach of the junior varsity team, with Ozzie Shirley as the assistant coach.
By Sam Conner