By JOHN JACKSON
ARGUS-COURIER SPORTS EDITOR
Casa Grande High School's Gauchos used a stingy defense for a successful 15-13 season last year. This year, they are counting on a potent offense for an even better season.
"We are going to be exciting," says Casa Grande coach James Forni. "We have the ability to score, but we have to work on our defense."
The Gauchos are young, with only three seniors on the team. Those three, Brycen Poarch, Aaron Dal Poggetto and Jake Ielmorini, are being counted on for not only leadership, but for more tangible contributions — scoring, rebounding and defense.
Poarch at 6-feet, plays bigger. A league-champion long and triple jumper, he can sky and also has excellent athletic instincts.
Dal Poggetto will be one of the team's leading scorers. He has a good touch from outside and can also take the ball to the hoop. He has been Casa's second-leading scorer in early going.
Ielmorini missed last season with an injury and got a late start this year because of football. However, he has already made important contributions as a tough rebounder and inside player.
A sophomore and a junior, each with some varsity experience, will be counted on to shoulder much of the inside load for Casa Grande.
Jon Christy, the tallest of the Gauchos at 6-feet, 6-inches, stuck with the varsity last season as a freshman, getting more playing time and making larger contributions as the season progressed. He will be counted on not only for his rebounding, but also to defense opposing team's big players.