The Winslow High School sports fan had plenty to celebrate in 2004. Included in the list was a state championship, honors for players and teams from the past and outstanding seasons by most of the school’s athletes.
The Lady Bulldogs basketball team gave Coach Don Petranovich another Arizona State 3A Championship. Petranovich decided to return and add to his already record number of victories that stood at 621 entering the current season. He has a talented group of players likely to make a spirited defense of that title.
Coach Charlie Gover’s Bulldogs boys’ team fought like their namesakes and reached the semi-finals at America West Arena. Again, most of the starters off that team have returned and been joined by some talented newcomers.
The Bulldogs are serving notice that a championship trophy of their own is a real possibility.
During the Arizona State Championship Tournaments at America West Arena, the Winslow State Champion girls’ and boys’ teams from 1979 were honored.
Coaches and players received recognition from the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Winslow’s Isaac Bonds was also honored at the event on the 40th anniversary of his setting the 40.1 points per game scoring record which still stands. Bonds was also honored in late 2004 when the school named the basketball court after him.
Late in 2004, the Winslow girls won the Winslow Winter Classic and the boys defeated several larger school and played another 5A power close in the Pepsi Invitational at Flagstaff. Both finished the 2004 portion of their seasons with impressive 8-2 records.
The wrestling team welcomed a new coach in Justin Hartman and made progress toward returning to prominence. The team will host its premier event of the season, the Doc Wright Invitational Tournament, in January.
The Bulldogs have several wrestlers who have enjoyed considerable early success.
The baseball and softball teams each won 3A North Region Championships both on their regular season records and in the regional tournaments. Both were undefeated in regional play.
The Lady Bulldogs also won the first ever Bojo’s/3C’s Invitational Tournament. The baseball team said goodbye to some key players, but returns the 3A North Player of the Year Lucas Armenta and a host of other fine players.
The softball team lost only four players to graduation, but all were key to the team’s success. Both teams are favored to take regional titles and could make runs at a state crown.
Winslow track teams were strong in 2004 and could be even better in 2005. Olympic hopeful Stephanie Garnett was injured late last season, but should be back at full strength in the coming season. She has accepted a track scholarship offer to attend Arizona State University.
The Winslow Bulldogs football team finished with a 10-2 record and a 3A North Region Championship. A 13-7 state quarterfinals upset loss to Sahuarita left coaches, players and fans disappointed, however. Winslow did not lose many players, but some of the most talented and difficult to replace will graduate.
The 2005 Bulldogs will again be favored for a regional title and could challenge for the state crown.