Quick-Change Artists Ready For Colfax Hoops

Falcon Boys Open Season Friday at Nevada Union
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
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For Jeff Divine, Ethan Guiles, Spencer Lewis and Kyle Greer, the term “quick change artist” became a reality this past Tuesday. The four Colfax High dual sports athletes were on the football practice field Monday afternoon but less than 24 hours later were pounding the hardwood in the Falcons’ gym during their first basketball practice session of the season. On Monday, following a court ruling in Alameda, the Colfax football season had come to an end has previous forfeited games by Placer were restored and the Hillmen were sent to the playoffs instead of Colfax. So this Friday, instead of Divine, Guiles, Lewis and Greer suiting up in Oakdale for the Falcons’ football team, they will tip off the 2008-09 boys season with their teammates in a 7 p.m. game at Nevada Union. The quartet of gridders figure to play a big role in coach Ron Pucci’s lineup this season has the veteran Colfax hoops mentor tries to fill the holes of losing nine seniors from a team that went 29-4 a year ago and advanced for the third straight season to the CIF NorCal Regional Tournament. Divine, a quick 5-9 guard, and Guiles, a 6-7 pivot, will be key cogs in Pucci’s playing rotation after both players came off the bench in last season’s successful campaign. Lewis, a 6-4 forward, returns to the Colfax fold after sitting out his junior year but according to Pucci showed much promise in the Falcons’ summer league action. Greer, meanwhile, is part of a junior group that won 20 games last season at the JV level. Other key performers for the Falcons playing at the varsity level for the first time include junior forwards Justin Witt and Joey Jergo and sophomore guard Austin Oberg. “We’re trying to give the football players a chance to catch up and get in shape,” said Pucci. That could be tough though has the Falcons have a Foundation Game slated Monday at Del Oro starting at 7:30 p.m. followed by another expected tough non-league Tuesday at Woodcreek. Colfax is then slated to play in the Hiram Johnson Tournament Dec. 4-5-6 in Sacramento.