SRJH Boys Basketball: Reach the CAA State Playoffs

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Beau Burns, Jr. guards his opponent from to prevent him from getting the ball to the basket.

The Salt River Junior High School boys’ basketball team advanced to the 2019-2020 Division I State Tournament in early February. The Salt River Eagles participated in the Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) Division I state playoffs as the no. 2 seed. 

Jacob Smith tries to keep the ball from getting passed him.

They played their first game against AZ Compass Prep at the Heritage Academy-Gateway on Friday, February 7. The Eagles defeated AZ Compass Prep, 49-23. The Eagles had the opportunity to play against some of their club team teammates in this game. 

JT Enos gets ready to hand off the ball to his teammates.

“It was pretty fun going against people we know. It was easy but a challenge, because they know how we all play and they could shoot good,” said SRJH player Ray Angulo after their win against AZ Compass Prep. 

The Eagles went on to play Dream City Christian School in the final four of the tournament’s bracket. The Eagles fell short, losing by 18 points (59-41) and ending their season. 

But the season was not totally over, as head coach Miyone Roanhorse and players Beau Burns Jr. and Kylen Bonner were invited to participate in the CAA’s All-Star Showcase on Saturday, February 15, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Roanhorse coached the North Team all-stars, which included her two SRJH players. 

Kaylen Bonner tries to keep the ball away from his opponent Leo Flores during the game against AZ Compass Prep.