The Parker Broncs boys’ basketball team went 1-2 in the first week of the 2021 season, one whose start was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Broncs lost a road game Jan. 18 to the Youngker Roughriders, 69-31. They won their home opener Jan. 19 over the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs, 60-43. They closed out the week Thursday, Jan. 21 with a 64-40 loss at home to the Mohave Accelerated Patriots.
Parker Coach Rolland Hansen said it’s been tough getting the team organized this season. This is because many students are attending classes virtually or others are not participating in sports due to concerns over the pandemic.
“I lost eight juniors this year,” he said. “They were all potential starters,”
Among the returning players who are expected to make a mark for the Broncs this year are Leo Scott Jr. and Jason Rodriguez.
Hansen said he was proud of how the team game back to get the win after the tough loss to Youngker the night before.
The Broncs played Yuma Catholic Jan. 26 on the road and came away with a 80-46 loss. This was their first region game of the season.
The Broncs are now 1-3 on the season and 1-1 against other 3A teams. They’ll be at home Thursday, Jan. 28, when they face the Kingman Academy Tigers and Friday, Jan. 29, when they have another region game against the Wickenburg Wranglers. The home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
In other basketball action this past week, the Parker Broncs’ girls’ team gave their new coach, Kyle Peta, a great start to the new season as they won two games, both of them at home. They won a squeaker against the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs Jan. 19, 46-43. They followed this with a 54-33 win over the Mohave Accelerated Patriots Jan. 21.
The girls were handed their first loss of the season Jan. 26, when they lost to the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks, 61-30, in Yuma.
They’ll be at home Thursday, Jan. 28, when they face the Kingman Academy Tigers and on Friday, Jan. 29, when they play another section rival, the Wickenburg Wranglers. Game time for both home games is 5:30 p.m.