Rifle pair heads list of all-WSL hoop picks
Talented. Tough. Versatile.
That sums up the skills of the combined 12-member, 2001-02 Class 4A All-Western Slope League boys basketball team recently selected by the league’s coaches.
The number of per-school selectees reflects how deep the talent flows this year.
Three of the seven schools had two players voted to the first team. The remaining four schools in the league had one player voted to the squad.
Rifle’s Roger Walters was named as the WSL’s “Coach of the Year.” It was the second time that the Bear coach has received that honor in his six-year tenure as the boys’ head coach.
Rifle High seniors Andy Gardineer and Steven Winschell earned all-league honors along with Jeremy Wilson of Glenwood Springs, among area athletes.
Gardineer was the Bears’ quarterback on the floor. He helped lead Rifle to the regular season WSL title, and concluded the regular season as the Class 4A leader in assists with a 9.5 average in 19 games.
He also averaged over 11 points and four rebounds per game.
Winschell, who played forward or center when needed for the Bears this year, also scored in double figures during the season and had the team’s best free throw shooting percentage (50-of-70, 71.4 percent).
Wilson was one of Glenwood’s most consistent players during the year. He averaged 10 points a game and was among the team’s leading rebounders.
Battle Mountain’s Josh Henry was voted all-league for the second straight year. The 6-foot-7 senior was the 4A state rebounding leader, with a 11.0 average and also among the Colorado’s top prep scorers with a 18.9 per-game mark.
Joining him on the team from the Huskies was Isaac Martinez, the only junior to make the all-WSL team.
Delta and Steamboat Springs also had two players voted to the team.
Receiving the nod from the voting committee were Panthers Rich Englehart and Justin Evans. Representing Steamboat are guard Alex Mackey and forward Ryan Scheer.
Rounding out the team is Palisade center Justin Unfred.
Thirteen additional players earned “honorable mention” status from the league’s coaches.
Area athletes on that list included Glenwood Springs’ senior Brian Pyland and Rifle’s other three starters in center Carl Day, Brackett Pollard and Ryan Schideler.
The balance of those earning honorable mention include Jimmy Medina and Austin Wignall from Battle Mountain, Blake Carlquist and Ramon Jackson of Delta, Moffat County’s Anthony Longham and Pablo Loya, Jeff Aragon and Cameron Burney of Steamboat and Palisade’s Dillon Caster.
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