Wood River High School softball coach Dale Martin, who guided the Wolverines to a district championship and State 4A berth, has been named "Coach of the Year" in the Great Basin Conference West.
Martin coached a young Wolverine team to a 14-10 record including a 6-0 mark in one-run games. Wood River went 1-2 in its first-ever appearance at the State 4A softball tourney.
The only Wolverine senior, Jamie Stone, was a dynamic hitter and three-position defensive player who shared the Great Basin West "Player of the Year" award with Jerome senior Jennifer Bamburg.
Freshman pitcher and first baseman Samantha Engel made the Great Basin West first team, while sophomore Hannah Gove, junior Vennesa Valentine and freshman Angela Coleman made the second squad. Here is a complete list:
First team infield: Jerome seniors McKenzie Mangum and Rashaya Lott; Burley seniors Jazmin Thurston and Kandace Dalton; and WR freshman Samantha Engel.
First team outfield: Jerome junior Jennie Dixon; Minico junior Shalom Frank; and Burley senior Jessica Garn.
Second team infield: Burley junior McKel Baker; WR sophomore Hannah Gove; Camas County's Vennesa Valentine (playing for Wood River); Jerome junior Chelsea Craig; Minico senior Veta Arteaga and Minico junior Melissa Deking.
Second team outfield: WR freshman Angela Coleman; Jerome senior Dani Bozzuto; and Burley junior Jaymee Thurston.
Honorable mention: Minico senior Jamie Schmidt; and Burley senior Liza Sagers.