Glenwood, Rifle players earn 4A all-WSL girls basketball honors
GIRLS CLASS 4A ALL-WSL BASKETBALL
Player of the Year: Christa Brown, Soph., Palisade
Coach of the Year: Danielle Bagwell, Palisade
Christa Brown, Soph., Palisade; Ashley Brown, Jr., Palisade; Casey Brown, Sr., Palisade; Madi Spence, Sr., Glenwood Springs; Jordan DeCrow, Sr., Glenwood Springs; Hailey Armstrong, Sr., Glenwood Springs; Taylor Martin, Sr., Eagle Valey; Mariel Gutierrez, Sr., Eagle Valley; Elly Walters, Fr., Rifle; Samanthan Hinkle, Soph., Rifle; Elizabeth Olivas, Sr., Battle Mountain; Emily Baier, Soph., Delta.
Aspen Guray, Jr., Palisade; Abby Thiesen, Soph., Palisade; Bella Diaz, Sr., Glenwood Springs; Kylie Martin, Soph., Eagle Valley; Jessie Chambers, Sr., Eagle Valley; Tori Pressler, Jr., Rifle; Lily Lockhart, Soph., Delta; Desiree Smith, Sr., Delta; Megan McDonell, Jr., Summit; Autumn Ward, Jr., Summit; Maddi Clock, Jr., Steamboat Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Four members of the Glenwood Springs High girls basketball team, along with three players from the Rifle Bears’ roster, were named to the Class 4A all-Western Slope League team by the league’s coaches.
The team, which was chosen in a postseason meeting held prior to the postseason, was released Tuesday following the final postseason games of the season for all teams this past weekend. Teams that finish higher in the league standings traditionally earn more all-league honors.
For Glenwood, the second-place finisher in the league standings behind league-champion Palisade, three seniors earned first-team, all-league recognition. They were post player Madi Spence, post player Hailey Armstrong and guard Jordan DeCrow. The three, as a group, were members of a Glenwood Springs High girls basketball program that has reached the Sweet 16 round of the 4A state tournament twice in the past four years.
DeCrow, Armstrong and Spence also earned first-team honors a year ago. This year, Spence also received the female Sportsmanship Award that’s presented annually by the Glenwood Springs Basketball Officials Association.
Making the first team for Rifle was freshman point guard Elly Walters and sophomore post player Samantha Hinkle.
Walters, Rifle’s point guard, was the only freshman in the league to earn all-league accolades of any kind.
Hinkle, who transferred to Rifle from Grand Valley, earned the accolade despite being ineligible for the first half of the season thanks to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s transfer rule that prohibits athletes from playing of the first half of a team’s regular season after moving to another school.
Earning honorable mention honors was Glenwood Springs senior guard Bella Diaz. Rifle junior wing/forward Tori Pressler also earned an honorable mention.
League-champion Palisade, which had five all-league award winners and three first-team recipients, also had the WSL’s Player of the Year in sophomore Christa Brown. Palisade coach Danielle Bagwell was named the league’s coach of the year.
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