Grundy hopes to lead Plateau Valley to state

When was the last time Plateau Valley had a player like Teddy Grundy?

“Never,” Cowboys coach John Holmes said.

The five-position senior is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds with a passion for nudging post players out of the way and snatching rebounds.

He averages 24.4 points and 13 rebounds has led Plateau Valley to a 14-4 record and second place finish in the Class 1A-2A Western Slope League.

But that hardly matters.

The shadow behind the Cowboys stretches back two seasons, a looming reminder of back-to-back losses in the regional championships, including last season’s two-point setback.

Grundy wants to know what state is like.

Holmes, who has been head coach at Plateau Valley for 12 seasons, thinks the last time the Cowboys qualified for state was 1990.

Before making plans for a trip to state, Grundy and Plateau Valley have this weekend’s Class 1A District 1 tournament to play, beginning with today’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal at Olathe High School against Ouray.

The championship is Saturday at 3:30 p.m., again at Olathe.

The district also includes De Beque (5-14), led by Jesse Palmer’s 17.2 points, Norwood, North Park, Vail Christian and Nucla.

Plateau Valley had a first-round bye.

Good thing for Grundy, who Tuesday awoke with the stomach flu.

Even if his shot happens to be off, junior point guard Kyler Smith, averaging 11.8 points, has the potential to put up points.

And Theodore Grundy will be rebounding regardless.

“Anybody can shoot,” said Grundy, who is mostly looking at Division II colleges. “But you don’t get rebounds all the time. They don’t all just fall in your lap. You have to go get it.”

Holmes expects a box-and-one defense in the district tournament. Maybe a diamond-and-one. But that “one” player who could be following Grundy around in man defense, while the rest of the team floats in zone, will likely be facing numerous ball screens until Grundy can catch the ball and do what he does best — finishing strong at the basket.

“He’s the finest rebounding guard I’ve ever seen,” Holmes said. “He’s a strong kid. He out-muscles kids around the basket on offensive and defensive boards.”


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