Coach Don Petranovich said recently that the Winslow Lady Bulldogs basketball team would have four tournaments and a Summer Basketball Camp on their off-season menu. The Lady Bulldogs have eight or nine players returning from a team which finished second in the Arizona State 3A Tournament.
Winslow will be one of 32 teams competing in the Desert Champs Tournament at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale on June 7-9. This will be just the first of four highly competitive tournaments in which the girls can gain experience against some of the best high school players in the region.
The second tournament will be at Prescott on June 22-23. Prescott is a 4A school and it is likely that many of the better 4A and 5A squads will attend this tournament.
The third tournament of the summer will take place in Gallup, New Mexico, on June 25 and 26. Gallup is a hot bed for girls’ basketball in New Mexico. A fierce rivalry has grown over the years between the Gallup Lady Bengals and the Winslow Lady Bulldogs. Both teams are among the best in their respective states. In addition to Gallup, many fine teams from New Mexico are likely to attend this tournament.
Petranovich will conduct his annual Summer Basketball Camp on the week of July 9-12. His players will participate and assist younger girls from Winslow and the vicinity. This camp usually attracts a good turnout of players from all age levels. More information will be available before the event occurs.
The final tournament of the summer will be held in San Diego from July 16 through July 21. This tournament has long been a favorite event for the Winslow girls and is likely a major reason for their success. The talent level of teams in this tournament is extremely high. It is a tribute to Petranovich and his players that they have usually faired well in this top-level tournament.