The Winslow Bulldogs basketball team finished the 2001 portion of its schedule with a perfect 4-0 record in the Enchantment Region (3A North) and an 8-5 record for the season.
The Bulldogs returned to action on Tuesday at Payson against a Payson Longhorn team they romped over 57-42 in the season opener for both teams in Winslow on Nov. 20.
Winslow will host the Window Rock Scouts on Friday in an Enchantment Region game. The Scouts feature All State candidate Elcaro Lee and are expected to contend for the regional crown. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will journey to Kayenta to meet the Monument Valley Mustangs, another Enchantment Region team entertaining title hopes. The first home contest of 2002 for the Bulldogs will come on Tuesday, Jan. 15 against the Ganado Hornets. The Bulldogs own a 71-67 victory over the Hornets at Ganado on Dec. 6.
Winslow has gotten quality production from senior Bryan Curtis who is deadly from three-point range, surprisingly strong on the boards and displays an impressive awareness of the game. Senior Seth Davis gives the team a never-say-die leadership at the point guard position. Davis led the team back into the title game against Tuba City as a sophomore and has been a stalwart for the Bulldogs ever since.
Junior Avery Bahe has played a key role several important victories, including an important 70-67 win over Tuba City in the final game of 2001. Manuelito Shirley has been a steady force at the guard position and presents special problems for many teams with his speed and quickness. Stephen Hancock has shown the ability to shoot the three-point shot and aggressiveness on the boards. Junior Reed Hancock has shown steady improvement and contributed greatly in several wins. Senior Shane Garnett has been impressive on the boards and shown considerable improvement. Senior Brian Pate has come on strong in recent games and shows signs of becoming a real force on the boards.
The Bulldogs own an important victory over defending Arizona State 3A Champion Tuba City, but will still need to keep on top of their game while playing in a region that features such power houses as the Monument Valley Mustangs, the Window Rock Warriors, the Ganado Hornets, the Holbrook Roadrunners, the Greyhills Knights and the Hopi Bruins. There is not a weak team in the 3A North this season. Winslow owns victories over Greyhills and Tuba City at home and Ganado and Holbrook on the road.