Middle school Thunderbirds basketball teams near halfway point in season
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Grand County Middle School’s seventh-grade Thunderbirds basketball team poses for a photo. The young seventh-grade team is showing improvement as the season goes forward, according to their coach. 
                                                               Photos courtesy of Conrad Yanito
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The Grand County Middle School Thunderbirds boys basketball teams are doing well at the halfway point of their season, according to coach Conrad Yanito.

The GCMS seventh and eighth-grade teams each recently finished hosting a home tournament on back-to-back weekends. The invitational tournaments featured Utah teams from Roosevelt, Green River, Duchesne and Blanding, in addition to Glenwood Springs and Montrose, Colorado.

According to Yanito, the GCMS seventh-grade team played hard but lost all six games during the weekend tournament in Moab

“They are a young and inexperienced team, led by Cooper Tangren,” Yanito said. “A little more work and we will definitely be a team to beat.”

Earlier in the season, the GCMS seventh-graders went 1-2 in a tournament at Kayenta, Arizona, he said.

The GCMS eighth-graders fared better at their home tournament, winning all three of their games on Jan. 21. The T-Birds beat Green River 43-24, with Tyler Lindsay leading the way with 13 points. The T-Birds then beat Glenwood Springs 36-24, with Rylan Jones scoring 10. Finally, Grand beat Roosevelt 42-39, with Lindsay again leading the way with 10 points.

The GCMS eighth-graders also went 3-0 on Jan. 14, defeating Blanding 58-27, Duchesne 30-26, and Montrose 45-32. Tyler Bohannon poured in 21 points for Grand in the Blanding game, and Dante Wells scored 14 against Montrose.

Earlier in the season, the GCMS eighth-graders went 4-1 at Kayenta, with Wells getting named to the all-tournament team. The eighth-grade T-Birds have also posted recent wins against Mont Harmon and Canyon View junior high schools.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the GCMS T-Birds traveled to Duchesne for an invitational tournament featuring teams from Duchesne, Manila, and Altamont.

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