Hitchcock wins 4A WSL Coach of the Year, four locals make First Team
One year after losing arguably the best player in program history to graduation, Glenwood Springs boys basketball Head Coach Cory Hitchcock turned in one of his better pieces of work as a coach, leading the young Demons to a share of the 4A Western Slope League regular season title and a berth in the state playoffs, where Glenwood would upset Conifer in the first round before falling to the defending state champion Pueblo West Cyclones in round two.
For his efforts on the bench, Hitchcock was named the 4A WSL Coach of the Year, leading the Demons to a 14-11, 8-4 record.
Along with Hitchcock’s exploits on the bench, Glenwood also saw junior guards AJ Crowley and Aaron Smith named to the 4A WSL First Team. Crowley led the Demons with 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while Smith stayed neck and neck, adding 10.1 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game.
While Crowley and Smith earned First Team marks, senior forward Carlos Nolasco-Montes and sophomores Luke Gair and Angel Garcia earned Honorable Mention accolades for Glenwood.
In his final season as a Demon, Nolasco-Montes had the best year of his career, averaging 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Garcia poured in 8.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17 minutes per game, while Gair added 3.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in just over 20 minutes per game.
Rifle also saw two players named to the 4A WSL First Team, led by standout senior forward Jacob Boone.
Boone averaged 20.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Bears.
Joining Boone is sophomore forward Carter Sturgeon, who emerged as a big-time player in his first year as a starter. Sturgeon averaged 10.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for Rifle.
Sophomore forward Joel Lopez joined Boone and Sturgeon on the All-Conference list, earning an Honorable Mention mark for the Bears. As a defensive specialist, Lopez was a key player for the Bears off the bench.
Lopez averaged 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 steals for Rifle in limited action.
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