Palisade’s Gunther resigns as coach

Palisade High School girls basketball coach Toni Gunther always told her team family comes first.

On Friday, Gunther resigned for family reasons. More specifically, to watch her son, Kane Gunther, play college basketball next year.

“It was a difficult decision,” Gunther said. “There are amazing student-athletes we get to work with every day.

“Reflecting with my family and knowing Kane will get to play in college ... we definitely tell our players to put your family first. That’s what I’m doing.”

Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger accepted her resignation.

“They’re excited about (Kane) playing at the next level,” Krueger said of the Gunthers. “She’s a great person. It’s been a privilege to have her here.”

Kane Gunther will graduate from Palisade High School in May and is being recruited to play college basketball.

Toni said he is looking at Colorado Mesa, Western State and Adams State.

“It’s an exciting time for him,” Toni said. “He’ll make a good decision.”

The basketball signing period is April 17 to May 15.

Toni Gunther guided the Palisade team the past four seasons.

The Bulldogs were 6-19 (6-10 Western Slope League) in her first year and were 7-17 (3-9 WSL) this past season.

“I think we evolved fundamentally from when we first got there,” Gunther said. “I was encouraged with the progress. The girls showed a strong work ethic and commitment. We did more in the offseason and more girls came out from the first year to the past fall.”

Gunther will remain a progress monitor at the school.

Krueger said they hope to have a replacement hired by the end of April.


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