Area teams win Class 2A WSL basketball honors |

Area teams win Class 2A WSL basketball honors

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Success in league play translated into a flock of Grand Valley Cardinals earning postseason honors from a recent vote among the Class 2A Western Slope League basketball coaches.

Three starters from each of Grand Valley’s boys and girls teams earned first-team honors. Two other Cardinals received honorable mention.

Senior Melinda Johnson and juniors Megan Johnson and forward Katie Bryan were picked to the 15-member first team. Grand Valley tied with league schools North Park and Plateau Valley for the most selections with three each.

Bryan led the defending league champs with an 11-point average. Megan Johnson led the 16-9 Cardinals in assists, was second on the team in rebounds and averaged close to nine points a game.

Melinda Johnson, according to Rocky Preps statistics, was Grand Valley’s top rebounder this season and was named WSL’s Outstanding Senior. Patty Angel, another key contributor for the Cardinals, earned honorable mention as did Coal Ridge freshmen Matraisa Beecraft and Morgan Jessup.

North Park junior Cassie Corkle was voted as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Senior Dylan Culver, along with fellow starters Sam McKinley and Luke Braby, both juniors, earned slots on the boys’ all-league first team.

In the recently completed 2005-06 season, where Grand Valley finished with a 21-4 record and advanced to the 2A state playoffs, Culver and McKinley combined for 32 points a game. Braby, the Cardinals’ top rebounder, averaged 12 points a contest.

Coal Ridge guard Kevin Screen also received first-team honors from the boys coaches. In his first high school season, Screen, a guard for the first-year school, averaged 16 points, six assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

In lieu of choosing a Most Valuable Player, four players, including Culver, were named Outstanding Seniors.

Area honorable mention selections to the boys team included Grand Valley senior Mitch Belden and Coal Ridge freshman Eric Schmitz.

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