Demons sweep awards
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A league title sweep for the Glenwood Springs boys and girls basketball teams might have come as a surprise to many, but a Demon sweep of the 4A Western Slope League’s top postseason awards surely isn’t.
Coach Greg Hire and Kevin Screen, the clutch point guard who led the 18-7 Glenwood boys to their first league title since 1993-94, claimed coach and player of the year honors.
On the girls side, coach Bryan Derby and 5-foot-11-inch utility girl Katrina Selsor bagged the same honors. Derby and Selsor led the 20-4 Demons to their first outright league title since 1997-98.
“It is really neat,” Glenwood Springs Athletic Director Craig Denney said. “It doesn’t happen very often, you know. Normally, you have one good program and the other may not be there, but we had two in one year.”
Most expected the boys to do what they did, but not the girls, who graduated loads of talent from a 2007-08 team that shared the league crown with Moffat County.
That, Selsor insisted, only sweetened what her team accomplished.
“I guess just everyone thought we’d be an underdog this year,” the Colorado State University-Pueblo-bound senior said. “Coming out and winning league was really good, basically showing people what we could accomplish.”
Selsor averaged 17.1 points and more than six assists and nine rebounds this past season, playing just about every position on the floor. Her size and vast skill set gave Derby no choice but to move her around, even if Selsor’s probably more of a point guard than anything.
“Tini’s been an all-around player,” Derby said. “She has great court vision. She sees everything. She can see stuff I can’t see right off the bat.”
Selsor deflected credit for the award to her teammates.
“I definitely couldn’t have done it without my team,” she said. “They did great things.”
And a few of those teammates were honored alongside Selsor on All-4A WSL players.
Tasha Derby, Kenzie Kuhn and Laura Young accompanied her on the girls first team, while Breanna Richardson landed an honorable-mention selection.
Like Selsor, Screen meant a lot to his Demon team. He was the squad’s leading scorer at 18.8 points a game, mixing in 3.2 steals and 3.4 assists a night.
He was also Glenwood’s most basketball-savvy player.
“I’m really glad Kevin got the player of the year,” Hire said. “His understanding of the game is amazing. A lot of high school kids just go out there and play. He understands where everyone should be. … He has a very high basketball IQ.”
That comes from constantly studying the game. And constantly playing it.
“I’m probably in my backyard one to two hours (a day), I think,” Screen said. “If it’s a nice out, I’m just shooting.”
Screen, a senior, is also a solid citizen on the basketball court. The area officials association honored him with the Western Slope Senior Sportsman award.
A quiet leader, Screen’s neither showy nor a trash talker.
“I’m usually quiet off the court too,” he said. “I just worry about myself and the team and whatever happens, happens. … It’s cool to get that award.”
Screen is still settling his college plans. He hopes to play somewhere at the level.
“I’ve got all my film out,” he said. “I’m just waiting to hear from coaches.”
Screen had plenty of Demon company on the All-4A WSL squads.
Joining him on the boys first team were Dakota Stonehouse and Jordan Ciani. Patrick Hailey and Kevin Flohr earned honorable mentions.
Screen, Selsor to play in all-state game
GREELEY ” On top of their local honors, Selsor and Screen will also be representing Glenwood Springs at the June 13 Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state basketball games at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Rust, Cordova make first team for Rifle
RIFLE ” Cortney Cordova, who helped Rifle’s girls to a 16-8 season and playoff appearance, was the lone Bear on the all-league first team. Teammates Sandy Samson, Makalya Wilkins and Kelsey Pyle were honorable mentions.
Tyler Rust was Rifle’s lone first-teamer on the boys side. Fellow Bear Eric Laudick was an honorable mention.
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