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Guthrie's Pete Papahronis making transition from coaching boys to coaching girls

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL — Pete Papahronis had plenty of success coaching the Guthrie boys basketball team, but he wanted to be able to coach his daughters once they got to high school. So when the girls coach resigned last year, he made the switch.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 6, 2012
/articleid/3735306/1/pictures/1901977">Photo - Guthrie basketball coach Pete Papahronis. PHOTO PROVIDED BY GUTHRIESPORTSPAGE.COM
Guthrie basketball coach Pete Papahronis. PHOTO PROVIDED BY GUTHRIESPORTSPAGE.COM

Papahronis also sought out several other coaches who had made the transition from coaching boys to coaching girls.

“They said, ‘Come back to me in a year and you'll see you enjoy working with the girls more,'” Papahronis said.

The jury is still out, but Papahronis is liking it so far.

“To be honest, it's not a whole lot different,” Papahronis said. “They're not quite as fast and they don't jump as high but the intensity level is the same.”

Papahronis also thinks Guthrie has a chance to be pretty good, both in the short and the long term.

The Bluejays have had some setbacks in the first regard. One senior decided not to play this year while another, Paige Stevenson, suffered a broken leg in a scrimmage and will miss the season.

Point guard Melinda Murillo will be the team's lone senior.

“She's the hardest worker every day in practice,” Papahronis said.

In the long term, Papahronis is happy with the talent that's coming this way.

Three freshmen figure to see significant playing time this season. Two of those could potentially start.

“It's probably the best freshman class we've had come up in some time,” Papahronis said. “We're going to be young but hopefully we'll keep getting better.

“I'm not expecting to work miracles here but as long as we keep making progress, I'll be happy.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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