Bulldog boys, a powerful force this year
     2013-12-19      By Kay Grote    kaygrote@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering Varsity Boys Basketball 2013-14, front row from left Joses Palomo, Gage Winkler, Riley Haug, Isaiah Wilson, Sonny Salazar and Brent Barge. Back row, from left, Esai Hernandez, Kraiger Ebbers, Taylor Nelson, Justin Brester, Grant Olsson, Christian Groskopf and Austin Hoffman.  
The 2013-2014 Gering boys basketball team is proving to be a force to be reckoned this season. With plenty of size, ability and experience, head coach Randy Plummer continues to fine-tune a senior-deep squad hoping for a perfect peak come mid-season. Gering’s assistant coach is Steve Land with volunteer help from Armand Castaneda and Emery Wilson.

Gering has jumped out early in the season to earn a 5-1 record, which includes a hard-fought double-overtime win against Mitchell in the season-opening Western Conference Tournament Dec. 5-7. Coach Randy Plummer said the 5-1 start is nice, but he said the team needs to stay focused through the holiday break to prepare for a long string of road games.

“We now have seven games in a row, at Burns, Chadron and four games in Sidney and Casper-Kelly Walsh,” Plummer pointed out. “We have a tough road ahead, but I am proud of the start.”

Plummer has a solid core of talent to work with this season in a group of seniors who have been playing basketball as a team since junior high. They include Christian Groskopf, Grant Olsson, Taylor Nelson, Isaiah Wilson, Justin Brester, Riley Haug and Gage Winkler. The Bulldogs are also getting solid performances from junior Joses Palomo, Esai Hernandez and sophomores Austin Hoffman and Brent Barge and Kraiger Ebbers.

Class B coaches note that the Western Conference and district races this season could be a toss-up with Gering, Sidney and Scottsbluff now jockeying for key wins before the holiday break. Gering is looking to best its 2nd place finish in the conference a year ago.

Gering is in the hunt for two more wins, both on the road, before heading into the two week-break. On Friday, Dec. 20 they will travel to Burns, Wyo. and then Saturday, Dec. 21 travel north to Chadron. They will resume play at the Sidney Holiday Tournament Jan. 2-4 before traveling again to Sidney on Friday, Jan. 10.

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