Chenoweth, DiMarco earn 3A WSL POY awards
It was quite clear throughout the 2018-19 basketball season that Grand Valley’s Shaya Chenoweth and Coal Ridge’s Kevin DiMarco were the top players in the 3A Western Slope League for the boys and girls.
At the year-end coaches meeting, Chenoweth and DiMarco were voted the 3A Western Slope League’s Male and Female Players of the Year, giving Garfield County the two top players in the league.
Chenoweth, who cracked 1,500 points for her career at the 3A district tournament in Grand Junction, led the Cardinals to a 17-7 (6-3 in 3A WSL) record on the season, reaching the district tournament championship game before losing to Pagosa Springs one game away from the state tournament. In her senior season, Chenoweth led the Cardinals with 14.4 points per game and 4.2 steals per game, adding 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists for Grand Valley. The senior guard also shot 37 percent from the floor, 64 percent from the free throw line, and 27 percent from 3-point range.
DiMarco, who signed with Chadron State to play basketball prior to the start of his senior season, caught fire late in the season for the Titans, finishing with 17.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game to lead Coal Ridge. The senior center also chipped in with 2.8 blocks and 1.5 assists, while shooting 59 percent from the floor, 54 percent from the free throw line, and 29 percent from 3-point range.
DiMarco finishes his Coal Ridge career with 1,037 points, becoming the third Titan in four years under head coach Paul Harvey to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.
Outside of Chenoweth and DiMarco, Roaring Fork saw junior Emily Broadhurst and senior Gabriela Santana earn First Team All-Conference honors, while Coal Ridge saw sophomore Taylor Wiescamp land on the first team. Grand Valley junior Jordyn Pittman rounded out local girls on the league’s first team, as voted on by coaches.
Broadhurst (6.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.4 steals) and Santana (8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks) led the Rams to an 11-10 (4-5 in 3A WSL) record while reaching the regional tournament for the second year in a row under head coach Jade Bath.
Wiescamp led the Titan girls with 12.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game as the Titans went 11-10 (4-5 in 3A WSL), reaching the regional tournament for the first time in three years under head coach Clyde Morgan.
Pittman, who formed a formidable backcourt duo with Chenoweth in Parachute, finished with 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.5 assists per game.
Grand Valley’s Lohgan Teter and Kristin Medina, Roaring Fork’s Kendall Bernot, and Coal Ridge’s Kashley Morgan and Lyanna Nevarez earned honorable mention accolades, while Delta head coach Kyle Crowther was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
For the boys, Roaring Fork seniors Joe Salinas, Aidan Sloan and Ronald Clemente, Grand Valley senior Wade Wiese, and Coal Ridge senior Payton White earned First Team All-Conference honors, as voted on by coaches.
Salinas, Sloan and Clemente led the Rams to a 14-9 (7-2 in 3A WSL) record on the year, finishing second in the league in the regular season and the district tournament, while also reaching the regional tournament championship game, where the Rams fell to top-seeded Lutheran. No individual stats were available for the three seniors.
Wiese helped the Cardinals go 12-9 (6-3 in 3A WSL) in his senior season, reaching the regional tournament once again under head coach Scott Parker. Wiese finished his senior season with 13.2 points per game, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists, hitting 67 3-pointers on the year.
White finished his senior year with 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, adding 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists while shooting 41 percent from the floor, 26 percent from 3-point range, and 63 percent from the free throw line.
Roaring Fork senior Leo Loya and sophomore Graham Pietsch, Grand Valley junior Alex Cornejo and freshman Emilio Garcia, and Coal Ridge senior Jesus Camunez earned honorable mention accolades.
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