Rifle’s Cordova, Heald land 4A WSL’s top honors | PostIndependent.com

Rifle’s Cordova, Heald land 4A WSL’s top honors

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Tyler Eichhorst contributed photo

RIFLE, Colorado – Off nights were virtually non-existent for Rifle’s Cortney Cordova. Just ask the girls basketball coaches in the 4A Western Slope League, who voted the junior the circuit’s Player of the Year.

“She was amazing,” Bears coach Stephanie Heald said. “I kind of hoped she’d get it. She had a good game every single league game we had. I’m really excited and happy for her. She deserves it.”

Cordova, who averaged 18 points and 4.7 assists a game, wasn’t alone in the recognition department for Rifle.

Heald, who led the team to a 19-5 season, a league title and to Class 4A’s Sweet 16, landed Coach of the Year honors.

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“It’s definitely an honor,” Heald said. “Especially to get it from the coaches in our league. There are some great coaches, and to have them think of me in that way, it means a lot to me. It’s really nice.”

And the postseason honors didn’t stop there for the Bears.

Makayla Wilkins and Ciara Euler were named to All-4A WSL first-teamers alongside Cordova.

Haydn Holgate was an honorable mention.

Euler averaged nearly 16 points a game. Wilkins poured in 8.3 points a night.

Every single Rifle all-league honoree is a junior, leaving Heald thrilled at what next season holds in store.

“They’ll all be back next year,” Heald said. “Of course, we’ll be in a different league, but we’re pretty excited as to what we have. We’ll have a lot of kids playing in the summer. They’re all dedicated.”

The Bears will drop into the 3A WSL in 2010-11.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Kenzie Kuhn and Lexie Warkentin, who helped Glenwood Springs’ girls to a 13-11 campaign, represented the Demons as all-league first-team selections.

Kuhn, a junior, averaged 20 points a contest and was Glenwood’s leader on the court.

Warkentin, a sophomore, averaged 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Named all-league as an honorable mention was sophomore Cassidy Gaddis, who led the Demons in assists with 76. Gaddis also owned a 7 points-per game scoring average.


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