Basalt’s Glen, Martinez, Fitzpatrick claim 3A Western Slope League honors
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Thanks to a terrific regular season, Basalt senior forward Michael Glen was awarded the 3A Western Slope League Player of the Year award, while Basalt head coach Danny Martinez won the 3A WSL Coach of the Year Award for the Longhorns.
Glen nudged out Coal Ridge senior forward Hunter Gerber for the league award, while Martinez finished just ahead of Coal Ridge Head Coach Paul Harvey.
Standing 6-feet-8, Glen poured in 21.5 points per game while ripping down 10.9 rebounds per game for the Longhorns. Glen also averaged 3.4 blocks per game.
Joining Glen on the First Team All-Conference list for the Longhorns was junior shooting guard Justin Hendersen.
The transfer guard from the Front Range averaged 10.8 points per game to go along with 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, helping to lead the Longhorns to a 21-4 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the 3A state playoffs.
Gerber, who frustratingly finished runner-up for the second straight year in the Player of the Year award, finished the year averaging 15.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game for the Titans, who finished 18-6 on the year.
Along with Gerber, junior guard Brandon Herrera earned First Team All-Conference honors for the Titans, as did sophomore forward Kevin DiMarco.
Herrera finished the year with 13.8 points per game, 3.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3 steals per game, while DiMarco added 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.
For the Roaring Fork Rams, senior guards Aldo Pinela and Jassiel Petetan as well as junior forward Justin Thompson were named to the 3A WSL First Team All-Conference list.
Pinela led the way for the Rams, averaging 13.3 points per game, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while Petetan finished with 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Thompson added 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Roaring Fork.
Grand Valley junior forward Garrett Magee earned the lone First Team All-Conference honor for the Cardinals after finishing with 12.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the 10-11 Cardinals.
On the honorable mention list, Raul Torres, Wade Soho and Miles Levy earned honors for the Longhorns, while Jan Hernandez and Eziel Ruiz earned honors for the Titans after playing key roles in helping the Titans win the regular season and district tournament titles this past season.
For Grand Valley, Brenden Hagerty and Kade Hurst earned honors for the Cardinals, while Joe Salinas earned the lone honorable mention honor for the Rams.
Grand Valley senior named 3A WSL girls player of year, Basalt’s fitzpatrick co-coach of year
Capping off a terrific career in the black, red and white of the Grand Valley Cardinals, senior guard Kylyn Rigsby was awarded the 3A Western Slope League Player of the Year award.
Rigsby, who is heading to Colorado Mesa University next fall to play basketball, helped lead the Cardinals to the 3A WSL regular season title by averaging 18.9 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists and 3.7 steals.
The senior guard edged out Olathe’s Miranda Pacheco for the award.
With Rigsby winning the Player of the Year award, Grand Valley coach Jake Higuera won a share of the Coach of the Year award with Basalt High School coach Kat Fitzpatrick.
Higuera led the Cardinals to a 16-8 record and a berth in the second round of the regional playoffs, while Fitzpatrick led the Longhorns to a 5-16 record.
Along with Rigsby, sophomore guard Shaya Chenoweth and senior forward Bailey Rowe represented Grand Valley on the First Team All-Conference list.
Rowe averaged 11.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, while Chenoweth finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game, 3.5 steals and 2.9 assists per game.
Outside of the trio of Cardinals, Roaring Fork senior forward Cindy Salinas earned a First Team All-Conference berth for the Rams.
Salinas led the Rams to a 9-11 record, averaging 9.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
On the honorable mention team, Grand Valley saw two freshmen in forward Loghan Teter (3.1 points, 3.8 rebounds) and guard Jordyn Pittman (3.0 points, 3.3 rebounds) earn berths on the team in their first seasons at the varsity level for the league champion Cardinals.
Roaring Fork senior guards Lily Ramos (4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds) and Ashley Hall (3.7 points, 3.3 assists) represented the Rams on the honorable mention team, while Basalt saw juniors Kate Schrock (8.7 points) and Cintia Miramontes (8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds) earn spots on the team.
For Coal Ridge, senior forward Kaitlyn Harlow was the lone Titan to earn a spot on the team. Harlow averaged 5.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for Coal Ridge.
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