Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Great Basin soccer honors to WRHS

Top coach, player awards to Gvozdas, Driscoll

For a second straight year, the Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer team has earned the lions' share of post-season honors given by the Great Basin Conference West.

Once again selected "Coach of the Year," was Wood River's Greg Gvozdas, who guided the Wolverines to a 15-5-2 record, an undefeated Great Basin West mark and fourth place in the State 4A soccer tourney.

Earning conference "Player of the Year," honors for the second consecutive year was senior striker Margii Driscoll. She scored a school single-season record of 43 goals and tallied at least one goal in 16 of 22 Wolverine games this season.

Wood River, which scored 105 goals, second-best in school annals, placed five players on the Great Basin first team, five players on the second team and three were honorable mention in balloting Monday.

First-team selections were forward Driscoll, juniors Calley Brown (midfield/defense), Kacie Femling (MF/D) and Brianna Hull-Mullins (MF/D), and freshman Sam Johnson (F).

Other first-teamers were Celeste Robins and Jennie Perez of Burley; Karen Median, Chanell Bartholomew and Celene Juarez of Jerome; Danielle Ramirez, Brigette Harper and Gabrielle Ramirez of Minico.

Second-team Great Basin picks were junior Kaitlin Gasenica (MF/F), sophomore Caiti Leo (goalkeeper), sophomores Michelle McMurdo (D) and Kallie Skahill (D), and freshman Aimee Evans (MF).

Rounding out the second team were Jaymee Thurston and Jessica Alvarez of Burley; Angie Hernandez, Jennie Dixon and Jodie Crozier of Jerome; Laci Cameron, Shalom Frank and Lacy Van Every of Minico.

Earning honorable mention from Hailey were senior captain Nicole Schulz (MF) along with juniors Ellen Ard (F/GK) and Alexa Turzian (MF).

The other HM picks were Cinthia Rios, Diana Blauer, Brylee Whitehead and Jenna Williams of Burley; Brianna Conrad, Molly Reid and Sarah Stephens of Jerome; Kelsye Kloepfer, Laura Bodensteiner and Kelly Barnes of Minico.

Coach Gvozdas along with assistant coaches Rob Butterfield and Doug Stouffer announced the awards Wednesday night during Wood River's annual post-season banquet at Rico's in Ketchum.

Selected as the varsity Top Defender was Kacie Femling. Top Goal Scorer was Margii Driscoll. Most Improved was Alexa Turzian. Special Awards of recognition went to Danielle Smith and Kaitlyn Farrington.

Coaches Awards were presented to Ellen Ard and Sam Johnson. And this year's Most Inspirational award winner was captain Nicole Schulz.

Junior varsity coach Stouffer honored his JV that won seven games and outscored opponents 51-3.

Top Gun as the leading scorer went to Elsa Sweek (17 goals). The Prudential Rock award was given to Hannah Fuller. Delaney Fox received the Cheetah Award, while Makayla Cappel was Most Improved.

Amy Buchanan won the Elmer's Glue honor, Devan Annan was this year's Chameleon, Lauren Williamson captured the Purple Heart honor, Kendra Olson took the Leadership Award, while Julia Bowman and Bailey Ireland comprised the Great Wall of China.

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