Grand Valley’s Vanderpool named 3A WSL’s Player of the Year |

Grand Valley’s Vanderpool named 3A WSL’s Player of the Year

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sami Jo Krieg contributed photo

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Ever since she entered high school, Grand Valley’s Erin Vanderpool has been a force on the basketball court.

The senior, who played varsity all four years, capped off her prep career with the highest of all-league honors, taking home the 3A Western Slope League’s Player of the Year award for 2009-10.

Vanderpool averaged 13.9 points a game for Grand Valley, which pieced together an 18-5 campaign.

“She’s a great kid,” Cardinals coach Mike Johnson said. “She has a tremendous work ethic. She’s a heck of an athletic kid.”

Vanderpool also earned berths in both the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports and Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state games. The former is scheduled for today at Arvada West High School. The latter will be played in June in Greeley.

Vanderpool’s accolade haul is no surprise to Johnson.

“She’s basically guarded almost everybody’s best player pretty much since she was a sophomore,” the longtime Grand Valley coach said. “She’s exactly that type of kid. She’s mentally tough and loves the challenge to stop players. She’s done a great job for us.”

Vanderpool will continue her basketball career at Hastings College in Nebraska.

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