Basketball goes back in time

Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray
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The Colfax High boys basketball program will be turning back the clock next Tuesday when the Falcons play host to Argonaut from Jackson in a non-league tripleheader.
Being played under the mantra “Retro Night,” the Falcons will entertain the Mustangs in the school’s old gymnasium. Game times are 4 p.m. for the freshman, 5:30 for the JVs and 7 p.m. for the varsity clash.
The brainchild of former Colfax High boys coach Wade Wolff who still is heavily involved with the Falcons boys program through his media class, a variety of fun events are scheduled throughout the evening.
Although located in different regions of the Sac-Joaquin Section, the Falcons and Argonaut do have some hoop history between them. In 1999, Colfax defeated Argonaut, 68-64, in the finals of the now defunct Falcon Shootout basketball tournament. In addition, Colfax topped the Mustangs at Arco Arena in 2006 on a last second lay-in by Russell Stone to win coach Ron Pucci his first CIF Section hoop championship.
Speaking of basketball…
After three seasons at Dominican University in San Rafael, former Colfax High hoop standout Ari Iventosch has transferred and is finishing up his collegiate career this season at Aurora University, a NCAA Div. III school in Illinois.
Iventosh, a 6-2 guard, who graduated from Colfax in 2006 and was the Pioneer Valley League MVP as a senior, is seeing plenty of minutes for the Spartans and already has found himself in a few high-scoring affairs.
Two weeks ago against up-tempo Grinnell College, Aurora led 74-64 at halftime on its way to posting an eventual 136-121 win. Iventosch was 6 of 8 from the field and finished with 17 points and four assists in just 18 minutes.
Two nights later, Iventosch and the Spartans were involved in another up and down game as Aurora dropped a 119-118 triple overtime decision to North Central. Iventosch, who is averaging 11 points a game, has 15 points in the setback.
Arroyo Helps ‘Poke Turnaround
After winning just two games in 2008, the football fortunes at the University of Wyoming have turned around with new coach Dave Christensen at the helm.
Christensen, the former offensive coordinator at Missouri, was named the new Wyoming head coach last January and immediately brought 1998 Colfax High graduate Marcus Arroyo onto the Cowboys staff has his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Arroyo’s presence with the ‘Pokes had an immediate impact as the new staff at Wyoming helped the Cowboys go 6-6 this season and earn their first bowl bid since 2002.
Wyoming will help kick the bowl season off on Sat. Dec. 19 when the Cowboys meet Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Reach Mike Ray at (530) 906-4014.