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PALO VERDE VALLEY TIMES, WEDNESDAY, February 28, 2018 A 5

PALO VERDE VALLEY TIMES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018  A5

PVHS basketball team falls in CIF playoffs


BY CATHYLEEN RICE
TIMES REPORTER

From the first jump


of the game to the last
second ticking on the
time clock, last Mon-
day night’s playoff
game at the Palo Verde
High School was a head
scratcher and nail biter
from start to finish.
With the Yellow Jack-
ets facing the San Ysidro
High School Cougars, all
the way from
San Diego,
the sting-
ing jack-
ets fought
their way
up the court
and back to stay in close
numbers with the tough
competitors.
Having players like
Andre Valdez and Julian
Hill carrying the team
with three point shots
after every major turn-
over, the team continued
to make great strides in
the game with players
Jeramy Ward and Manu-
el Arroyo assisting with
two pointers, rebounds
and tight picks. PHOTO BY CATHYLEEN RICE/PALO VERDE VALLEY TIMES
Although the Yellow EVERY SHOT COUNTED AND  every file brought relief to both teams in hopes that both shots were made. The playoffs game at Palo Verde High School last Monday
Jackets loss the game, night was a nail biter from the jump of the possession of the ball to the last second ticking on the clock.
ending the night 75-65,
Head Coach Gabriel Ca- Arroyo and Andres pleased with his team for the program an even My varsity assistant helped support him and
margo said he is very Whitson, “who kept our never giving up on the brighter future next fall. coach, Heath Peper his team during times
proud of his team for team focused and to- coaches or themselves. He shared, “Our JV came from Oklahoma of victory and during
winning Desert League gether all season,” other “They continued to team has many talented this year and he was a times of momentary de-
with a 5-1 record and key contributors to the work hard and pick up freshmen and sopho- huge help, he was instru- feat, Camargo said, “I
walking away overall, success of this season’s our new defense. We mores that will lead us mental in implementing want each of my staff
10-16. basketball games includ- finished the season on a the next couple years.” our offense and defense members to know that I
He shared with the ed players like Ward, 10-6 run, including win- Having accountable, schemes this season. couldn’t do this without
Times, “Our playoff Josiah Love, Cameron ning the Desert League dependable and great “Also, Coach Miles them, so a big thank you
game vs San Ysidro was Mack, Hill and Valdez. Championship. This was assistant coaches aiding Coverdale was always to you [all], and I’d like
a tough fought game. We With six players not one of our main goals en- the team’s success this giving the kids support to thank the Palo Verde
played well, [but] we just returning next year to tering the season.” year, Camargo said a and constantly challeng- High School administra-
had too many turnovers play due to the fact that As this was his third huge thanks goes to BJ ing them. He has been tion for all the support
and missed free throws they are seniors, Camar- season coaching the Randall and Alec Todd, with the boys program this season, and to our
down the stretch. [How- go said he will “miss the boy’s basketball team, who spent their first for the last four years. community for coming
ever] this is our 4th relationships we have Camargo prides himself year of coaching, leading I have a great staff, and out in large numbers
league title in a row, built, [but] it is some- on having 20 plus kids the boy’s JV team. the time they put in with and packing our gym for
[and] by winning league, thing that I will carry stay in the program until “Our JV boy’s program the kids and in building home games and those
we were able to have a [with me] for a lifetime.” the end of the season; the with BJ Randall and relationships, is what who traveled to out of
home playoff game.” Most proud of his team first time this has hap- Alec Todd---did an amaz- coaching is about.” town games.
All the same, having for overcoming the 0-10 pened since he’s been ing job developing these Wanting to extend Lastly, I would like to
great leaders, who Ca- record they were carry- there. kids. They both made his thanks to not only thank the players for al-
margo said were very ing for quite some time Camargo said with so huge sacrifices this sea- his staff, but also to the lowing me to coach them
notable players like during the season, Ca- many students staying son and I truly appreci- administration and this season. What a priv-
team captains Manuel margo said he is very on board, this will give ate them,” Camargo said. the community, which ilege!”

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