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New contributors emerge for Cyclones

Pueblo West High School boys basketball coach Bob Tyler appears to have a very good problem on his hands as summer basketball wraps up and the Cyclones look ahead to the varsity season in December.

Pueblo West sophomore Kenny Tack shoots a 3-pointer at Centennial High School.
Pueblo West sophomore Kenny Tack shoots a 3-pointer at Centennial High School.

“Coming into the summer, I thought we were going to be five or six deep. Now I think we could be 12 deep, and there’s going to be so much competition for those last varsity spots,” Tyler said.

That’s because guys like Kenny Tack, a sophomore, and David Simental, a freshman, have been fantastic this summer. The Cyclones just wrapped up a major tournament in Nebraska with about 100 other high school-level teams. In the face of great competition, Simental — the younger brother of star guard Haley Simental, a junior on the girls team — led the Cyclones in scoring last week.

“At first, the other guys wouldn’t even call him David. They were calling him Haley’s little brother,” Tyler said. “He led us in scoring in Nebraska, and he did it quietly. He is so efficient. He could be a college basketball player, and you don’t say that about a freshman very often.”

Tack also is emerging.

“Normally you tell a guy to pass the ball, but I’ve had to tell Kenny to stop passing it. He can be an assassin-type scorer. He could be a big-time scorer for us next year,” Tyler said.

Tyler also said veterans such as Cameron Vaughan had a good summer for the club, as well.

“Cameron is so steady. He is going to give you that toughness that we need so bad every night,” Tyler said.

The Cyclones are done with tournament ball for the summer now, but still will gather for weight lifting as the summer goes on. Varsity basketball begins in December.

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