Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WRHS athletes picked for

Richards is top GBW volleyball coach

Three Wood River High School players won "Player of the Year" honors when the Great Basin Conference West announced its 2008 All-Conference honors last week.

Senior co-captain Aimee Evans was voted "Player of the Year's for girls' soccer in the conference that includes Hailey's Wood River High, Burley, Jerome and Minico of Rupert.

Evans (24 goals season, 75 goals career) led the Wolverines to a school-record 18-win season and Hailey's second straight State 4A tournament consolation championship.

Sharing the "Player of the Year" honor for volleyball were Wood River seniors Kaylee Baker and Angela Coleman.

Chosen as "Coach of the Year" for volleyball was Wood River's Tim Richards, who guided the Wolverines (22-13) to their third straight conference championship, ninth consecutive 20-win season and another berth in the state tournament.

Richards, who said he plans to coach again next year, announced team awards from the Nov. 14 Wolverine banquet.

"Best All-Around Player" was Kaylee Baker. "Best Defensive Player" was Kylie Anderson. "Most Improved" for the second consecutive year was Hanna Gustafson. A "Coaches Award" went to versatile three-year starter Angela Coleman.

Voted by team members, the "Most Inspirational" award was given to sophomore setter Jessica Hamilton by a one-vote margin over Kylie Anderson.

Here are the Great Basin West All-Conference selections:

All-Conference Girls Soccer

Player of the Year: Aimee Evans (WRHS).

Coach of the Year: Carlos Hernandez (Jerome).

First Team: Sam Johnson, Makayla Cappel, Laura Elgee and Tanner Dredge (WRHS); Emily Sansom (Burley); Bianca Santana, Melinda Martinez and Kaylee Legault (Minico); Aubree Callen, Allison Bruckner, Yasmina Zuniga and Melissa Mendoza (Jerome).

Second Team: Megan Morrell, KT Martinez, Madison Gove, Delaney Fox and Elsa Sweek (WRHS); Jordan Harman, Shari Hoskins and Emily Bowers; Vicki Vega, Kelsie Halverson and Mona Merrill (Minico); Leslie Sedano, Callie Hall, Cynthia Sedano and Arika Taylor (Jerome).

Honorable Mention: Bailey Ireland, Ali Appleton, Taylor Hayes, Ellen Davis and Ashley Hesteness (WRHS); Jackie Crane, Sara Somsen-Fowler and Chayo Tellez (Minico); Hadley Biagiotti, Anna Levdanskiy, Yanna Levdanskiy and Laura Orozco (Jerome).

All-Conference Boys Soccer

Player of the Year: Sergio Mendoza (Jerome).

Coach of the Year: Robert Garcia (Jerome).

First Team: Morgan Pike and Kyler VanDyck (WRHS); Josh Searle and Uriel Anguiano (Burley); Alex Olmos, Scott McArthur, Jorge Carillo and Paco Martinez (Minico); Fermin Martinez, Sergio Mendoza, Gabriel Pulido, Sergio Martinez and Jaime Eudave (Jerome).

Second Team: Cody Phelps, Colter Brehmer and Austin Cruz (WRHS); Pablo Marin, Jorge Rios, Brent Lee, Karch Hinckley and Luis Miramontes (Burley); Juan Martinez, Isaac Medina, Gavin Smith and Ethan Koyle (Minico); Roman Vazquez, Jovany Ortiz, Salvador Mercado, Freddy Lopez and Sergio Madrigal (Jerome).

Honorable Mention: Chris Turco, Chris De La Cruz and Brayan Donoso (WRHS); Nathan Searle, Taylor Whitehead and Logan Searle (Burley); Eddie Lopez, Juan Lopez, Alex Torres and Andrew Wheeler (Minico); Miguel Nolasco, Carlos Martinez and Eduardo Ruiz (Jerome).

All-Conference Volleyball

Coach of the Year: Tim Richards (WRHS).

Co-Players of the Year: Kaylee Baker and Angela Coleman (WRHS).

First Team: Hanna Gustafson (WRHS); Molly Mills and Carli Parish (Burley); Melissa Marsing and Jordann Hollifield (Jerome); and Breonna Phillips (Minico).

Second Team: Kylie Anderson (WRHS); Kassi Kerbs and Paige Andersen (Burley); Hailey Long (Jerome); Carrie Salvi and Kendra Bailey (Minico).

Honorable mention: Haleigh Hall (WRHS); Carrie Thibault (Jerome); Hayli Worthington (Minico); and Teresa Wayment (Burley).

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