Luppes-less Tigers trying to build stamina |

Luppes-less Tigers trying to build stamina

It's just that kind of year for the Hayden High School boys basketball team. After sustaining injuries to 80 percent of the team's anticipated starters, the team was dealt a personal blow last week when coach Mike Luppes had to go to the hospital himself.

In his absence, the team continued to deal with the injuries that defined the early portion of its schedule and lost twice — on Friday, 45-36, to Rangely, and Saturday, 65-45, to Meeker.

"It puts a lot on us when you have to start freshmen on the varsity team," said assistant coach Dave Marin, filling in for Luppes. "Our players are continuing to come along but are still getting into game shape."

Isaac Bridges led Hayden in scoring. He had 17 against Rangely and 16 against Meeker. Dan Engle then had nine against Rangely and 16 against Meeker while Greg Frentress scored seven against Rangely and 11 versus Meeker.

"It gets really hard when it gets into the third and fourth quarter," Marin said. "Our players are getting into shape, though, every game. By the time districts come around, we will be a lot better team."

Hayden, 1-12, next plays Tuesday on the road against Little Snake River, Wyo.

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