Winslow High School’s athletic director and legendary girls’ basketball coach Don Petranovich was one of eight finalists for the National Athletic Coaches’ Association
Coach of the Year honors. The eventual winner was a coach from Detroit.
Coach Petranovich has recorded 621 wins against only 126 losses in his illustrious career. He is the dean of Arizona girls’ basketball coaches with far more wins than his closest rival.
This week, the future Winslow Lady Bulldogs will journey to San Diego for one of the most prestigious summer girls’ basketball tournaments in the nation. This is also the site of one of the 2003-2004 Lady Bulldogs’ most notable accomplishments.
Last summer, the Lady Bulldogs came in second in the 164 team AA section of the more than 300 team tournament. The AA section includes teams with enrollments up to 4,000. Winslow, with an enrollment of less than 900, was one of the smaller schools in the section.
The 2004 tournament is expected to feature 364 teams with the Lady Bulldogs again expected to participate in a section against teams with enrollments of approximately 900 to 4,000.
The Lady Bulldogs went on to win the Winslow Winter Classic, the 3A North Region and the Arizona State 3A Conference titles in the 2003-2004 season. Winslow lost a number of top quality players to graduation, but has plenty of talent returning to make another run at a state championship.
Among those graduating were JoDawn White, who is headed for Adams State to play basketball and Starla McCurtain and Donna Benally who will play at Scottsdale Community College.