Vikings set sights on success as regular season kicks off

Vale varsity basketball coach Colby Shira watches his team practice last week. Shira is cautiously optimistic about the Viking's prospects in regular season play. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – In one sense, Vale High School varsity basketball coach Colby Shira has every reason to expect a long string of successes through the grueling January prep hoop schedule.

His Vikings, after all, were 9-3 after a December of interstate clashes with the likes of Payette and New Plymouth.

Last week, the Vikings defeated Irrigon, 57-29 in their first league game of the season.

Shira’s team is full of veterans, with seven seniors on the Viking roster. Vale also showcases a talented corps of underclassmen. Vale lost only one starter from the 2021 pandemic-shortened season.

Case in point: Vale . . .