Red Devils thank loyal supporters at final home game

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The Red Devil girls basketball team will undoubtedly come back stronger next season after a trying 2019-2020 campaign that proved to be a classic development year for the young athletes. File photo

How young is the Red Devil girls basketball team? There was not a single senior to honor at the final game of the regular season. The 1-19 2019-2020 campaign was a rough one for the team, but they came to play every game and made steady improvement as the season progressed.

Grand dropped the last home game of the season 27-66 to the San Juan Lady Broncos on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Moab. The Red Devils also lost the last regular season game 21-84 to the Spartans on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Emery High School.

The emotional highlight of the last home game between rival San Juan occurred before tipoff.

There were no seniors to honor at the last home game so the players took it upon themselves to thank their loyal fans who stuck by them during the season.

Madison Munger and Tenney Cook expressed the sentiments of the players and GCHS staff, in particular, were singled out and praised for just being there to support the team.

Principal Stephen Hren, Athletic Director Ron Dolphin, Maralee Francis and others were given gift bags, balloons and hearty hugs of gratitude from the team.

“Thanks for coming to the games … you’ve been our biggest support in taking this journey with us and we looked forward to you coming to every game,” Munger said. In addition to GCHS staff, Munger personally called out and thanked individual parents and other loyal fans.

A flushed-face Cook held back tears and addressed first-year head coach Andrea Noyes, assistant coach Rick Lopez, former head coach Randy Martin and additional staff.

“These people never gave up on us. They never quit on us and they never stopped trying to give us the season we thought we deserved,” Cook stated.

“These amazing people have jobs and families and many other responsibilities that they have to take care of, but they put so much focus and time and effort into us because they actually care. They not only taught us the game of basketball, but how to get back up on our feet and try again. They encouraged us to be flexible under tough circumstances and to learn to change for the better.

They are great examples of how to get rid of the negative and bring out the positive and [they] enabled us to trust one another on the team. I am so grateful to them for the lessons and memories and what they did for us this year, so thank you,” Cook said.

The girls played Roosevelt in round one of the playoffs Tuesday after The Times-Independent’s B section went to press.