Glenwood, Bears cagers earn kudos
Four Rifle hoopsters and a trio of Glenwood players received all-Western Slope League kudos.
Senior Rifle players Ashley Gavito and junior Krista Wagstrom were named to the girls all-league team, as were Demon seniors Megan McKinnie and Jeri Polowchena.
Wagstrom led the Bears in points per game, averaging better than 13, while teammate Gavito also averaged double-digit scoring.
The Bears open state tournament play tonight at 6 p.m. against Pueblo County at the Pueblo Special Events Center.
McKinnie wrapped up her final prep basketball season as the Demons` leading scorer with over a dozen points per outing, according to the RockyPreps Web site, and also served as the team’s go-to player in crunch time. Polowchena was a force on the boards for Glenwood, pulling down over seven rebounds per game, while averaging more than five points per contest.
Rifle senior Nicole Erpstad and junior Julie McWilliams earned league honorable mention honors, along with Glenwood junior Nikita Daniely.
Moffat County senior Laurel Mortensen was one of three Bulldogs selected to the first team and named the league’s player of the year. Steamboat Springs High School coach Steve Moos was the coach of the year.
Girls Class 4A All-Western Slope League team
Battle Mountain – Erin Drumm, Sr. Honorable mention: Sara Lybarger, Jr.
Delta – Honorable mention: Chantell Berdan, Sr.; Heather Vincent, Sr.
Glenwood Springs – Megan McKinnie, Sr.; Jeri Polowchena, Sr. Honorable mention: Nikita Daniely, Jr.
Moffat County – Laurel Mortensen, Sr.; Kate Schafer, Sr.; Brandi Telfer, So. Honorable mention: Amanda Tomlinson, Sr.; Jeni Jones, Sr.
Palisade – Sammi Richards, Sr.; Kelsey Harrington, Sr. Honorable Mention: Krystin Hayes, So.
Rifle – Ashley Gavito, Sr.; Krista Wagstrom, Jr. Honorable mention: Nicole Erpstad, Sr.; Julie McWilliams, Jr.
Steamboat Springs – Jen Weber, Sr.; Bayli Stillwell, Sr. Honorable mention: Jannike Combs, Sr.; Anya Allen, Sr.
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