GV’s Parker wins 3A WSL Player of the Year
Capping off a terrific year in which he helped lead the Grand Valley Cardinals to the 3A Great Eight in Denver, senior guard John Parker was named the 3A Western Slope League Player of the Year on Sunday.
Parker, whose father, Scott, was at the helm of the Cardinals’ 21-5 season, averaged a team-high 22.5 points per game, to go along with eight rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, oftentimes hitting the big bucket or ripping down a key rebound for Grand Valley throughout the season.
For his career, Parker finished with 1,243 points as a member of the Cardinals, surpassing the career total of his brother, Sam, who finished with 1,150 points during his time at Grand Valley.
The 3A WSL Coach of the Year is Paul Harvey, who led the Coal Ridge Titans to a 16-8 record, including a share of the 3A WSL regular season title.
Joining Parker on the First Team 3A WSL All-Conference team from Grand Valley is junior guard Gunner Rigsby and senior forward Tanner Magee.
Rigsby averaged 19 points per game, 3.8 assists per game and three rebounds a game, providing a serious counter to Parker in the backcourt.
In the paint, Magee closed out a great career with the Cardinals, averaging 12 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game and 2.1 blocks per game.
Outside of Grand Valley, Coal Ridge was well-featured on the 3A WSL All-Conference Team, led by junior guard Hunter Gerber.
Coming off a year in which he averaged 17.5 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, three steals and three assists per game, Gerber finished just one vote behind Parker for the Conference Player of the Year, marking the first time a junior has finished so high in the voting.
Joining Gerber on the first team from Coal Ridge is senior forward Greyson Keener and senior guard Jake Solinger.
Keener averaged 11.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Solinger chipped in with 6.7 points per game, three rebounds and 2.3 steals per game during his senior year with the Titans.
Rounding out the 3A WSL First Team is Basalt junior forward Michael Glen (18.3 points per game, eight rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game) and sophomore forward Raul Torres (10 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game.) For Roaring Fork, senior guard Gustavo Oliva (8.5 points per game, two assists per game) and junior forward Aldo Pinela (8.5 points per game, three rebounds, 1.5 assists per game) represented the Rams.
On the Honorable Mention list, Grand Valley is represented by senior guard Leoray Hernandez (5.5 points per game) and sophomore forward Garret Magee (4.3 points per game). For Coal Ridge, senior forward Dan Schouten (4.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Brandon Herrera (9.5 points per game, 2.8 assists per game) earned spots on the list.
Basalt junior forward Wade Soho (7.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game) and junior forward Pedro Rivera (7.0 points per game) rounded out the list for the Longhorns.
Roaring Fork junior guard Jassiel Petatan (6.0 points per game, two rebounds and two assists per game) and senior forward Sergio Vega (3.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game) rounded out the list for the Rams.
On the girls side of things, Grand Valley led the way for local teams, placing four players on the First Team of the All Conference list.
Junior guard Kylyn Rigsby led the way for the Cardinals, finishing the year averaging 19.9 points per game, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Fellow Cardinal backcourt mate, freshman guard Shaya Chenoweth, joined Rigsby on the first team thanks to her averages of 14.9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Junior forward Bailey Rowe also represented the Cardinals on the first team thanks to her 11.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Rounding out the list for the Cardinals is senior forward Allie Dovey, who averaged 6.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in her final campaign with Grand Valley.
For Coal Ridge, senior guard Jenny Call was named to the First Team All-Conference team as well. The senior finished the year averaging 6.5 points per game, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Fellow senior and backcourt mate Cortnay Young was named to the Honorable Mention list for the Titans, averaging 6.5 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and 1.7 steals per game. Along with Call and Young, junior forward Alexys Holder (5.6 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Santana Martinez (6.4 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game) rounded out the Coal Ridge presence on the All-Conference teams.
For Roaring Fork, junior forward Cindy Salinas was the lone Rams representative on the First Team. Salinas finished the year averaging 5.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a force in the paint for the Rams.
Senior guard Lily Ramos (3.2 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game) and junior guard Ashley Hall (3.2 points per game, 3.5 assists per game) made the Honorable Mention list as representatives of the Rams.
For Basalt, senior Carsyn Knotts made the First Team All-Conference list thanks to 8.1 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Joining Knotts is fellow senior Kaity Johnson, who was named to the Honorable Mention list. Johnson averaged 5.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season.
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