As a coach, I think of each season consisting in four parts.
1. The pre-season (late Fall to late February) - lots of training, and program and culture building.
2. The early season (late February to Spring Break) - training and preparing for first games, in which we play non-conference opponents from around the state.
3. Conference play (Early April to Early May) - a fairly regular schedule of playing two conference games a week, mixed with training and recovery.
4. Post-Season Playoffs - may the better team win and move on.
I have always considered Conference Play to be the heart of the season.
Fortunately we have two more tune-ups before we start our conference play - at Battle Mountain this week, and at Ralston Valley the following Tuesday. Two of our most cherished opponents - both with long records of excellence and great games we have played against one another.
And then it is on to Jeffco 4A conference play, beginning with Green Mountain 4/6. I will happily argue that our conference is the deepest and best in the state at the 4A level, and this year it appears to be its best and deepest in memory. Every game will be competitive, tight, and could go either way. We have had a good run in the conference- on an unbeaten string going all the way back through 2019. We will try to draw from our experience and tradition, but will also know how much hard work it will require to compete for, let alone, win, the conference championship in 2023.