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Glenwood’s Hire, Flohr named 4A WSL’s top coach, player

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent fileGlenwood Springs junior Kevin Flohr was recently named the 4A Western Slope League's Player of the Year.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – League championships tend to be accompanied by bountiful all-league honors, of which the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team raked in plenty.

For a second straight season, the Demons took home both All-4A Western Slope League Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors.

Greg Hire, who led Glenwood to a second straight league title, won the former. Kevin Flohr, who averaged roughly 19 points a game, nabbed the latter.

It’s Hire’s second straight Coach of the Year award. Kevin Screen won Player of the Year for the Demons last season.

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“It’s kind of neat with it being back to back,” Hire said. “That’s really a statement to the team. They win league back to back and all the honors come.”

Hire and Glenwood pieced together a 19-6 record, winning a second-round playoff game over Arvada before seeing the 2009-10 season come to an end in Class 4A’s Sweet 16.

Flohr was very much behind the Demons’ winning ways.

“Other teams in the league definitely had to formulate a game plan for him,” Hire said. “He saw a lot of box-and-ones or a guy just dedicated to denying him the ball. He still averaged 19 a game.”

The junior also came around as a rebounder and grew into a scorer and not just a shooter. Flohr is well known around the Slope for his range, but he found other ways to pick up points.

“A lot of times, because of the pressure applied to him, he couldn’t just catch and shoot,” Hire said. “He had to put the ball on the ground and get to the basket.”

Joining Flohr on the all-league first team are teammates Nick Ciani, Russell Collins and Danny Weller. Kelbey Artaz made the all-league list as an honorable mention.

Collins, Weller and Artaz are seniors. Ciani, a bruiser in the post, is a junior.

Each helped craft a sense of unity among the Demons, Hire said. That team spirit carried the squad to its second straight league crown.

“The thing I’m most proud of this team for is that nobody expected them to win,” Hire said. “I talked to people throughout the community who’d say, ‘You guys are going to have a down season.’ They came out and played like a team. They were fun to watch get up and down the court.”

RIFLE, Colorado – Senior Tyler Rust and junior Rian Creech represented Rifle on the All-4A WSL first team.

Rust became Rifle’s all-time career scorer this season, working his total up to 1,360 points. He broke his brother Scott’s record of 1,013. Before that, Brian Beecraft held the record with 1,009 points.

Rust averaged 17 points a game for the Bears in 2009-10.

Creech, a scrappy post player, tied Rifle’s season record for offensive rebounding, averaging 5.2 an outing. That matched a mark held by Carl Day. Creech, who averaged a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds), also tied the school record for rebounds in a game with 21. Jahn Crabtree shares the record.

Ryan Davis, a senior, joined Rust and Creech in receiving all-league honors. He was named an honorable mention. Davis averaged four steals a game.

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