Youth movement lands local players on all-league team |

Youth movement lands local players on all-league team

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Rifle High School's Renee Laudick (35) and Glenwood Springs High School's Emily Hauptli (15) battle for possession in a game at GSHS earlier this season. Both players have been selected to the first team of the class 4A girls Western Slope League.

Youth is not a roadblock to starring on the basketball floor.Sharaya Selsor and Kendall Babler might shy away from that statement. But it’s just not true – at least to the coaches who voted for the 2004-05 Class 4A Western Slope League girls basketball squad. The two area players, from Glenwood and Rifle High School, respectively, were the only freshmen in the eight-team WSL to earn first-team honors.

Selsor, who earned the starting role as the Demons shooting guard, concluded her first high school season with a 12.8 per-game scoring average, according to Rocky Preps statistics.Babler, in the same role, averaged 10.3 points a contest and led the 19-5 Bears in 3-pointers with 41 treys.The other three players from area schools who made the league’s first team have more seasoning at the varsity level than their counterparts but were just as valuable to the their respective teams’ success.Emily Hauptli of the Demons netted 10.8 points a game and continued to blossom as the year progressed.

Arguably, Hauptli’s best game came in a second-round playoff win over Pueblo Central, which advanced Glenwood to the next round against Regis.In that contest, Hauptli, one of three juniors to make the first team, paced the Demons with a team-high 19 points in the 50-47 victory over the Wildcats.Rifle’s additional first-team choices are not strangers when it comes to the opposition. Seniors Kristin Neffendorf and Renee Laudick have caused problems for league teams for many seasons. This year was no exception. Along with being among the state’s leaders in assists (7.7 per game), Neffendorf also found time to average nearly 11 points and four rebounds per contest from the point guard position.

Laudick was especially tenacious on the boards. Netting a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per game, the Bears forward also averaged just under 10 points per contest.Sam Ciani of Glenwood and Montanah Matthies from Rifle earned honorable mention.Craig Mortensen of Moffat County earned Coach of the Year, and the Bulldogs’ Brandi Telfer earned Player of the Year honors.The 4A all-WSL boys team will appear in a future edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

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