Friday, March 5, 2010

Hailey boys hold team banquet

To salute basketball players

Head coach John Radford presided over the 2009-10 team awards banquet of the Wood River High School boys' basketball program March 1 in the high school commons area.

"The kids came out every day to improve at all three levels of the program. They listened and were coachable, and our off-season program had great participation," said fourth-year coach Radford.

Radford and players pointed to a come-from-behind 47-38 win at Kimberly Dec. 15 and a Great Basin Conference tournament win 57-52 at Canyon Ridge Feb. 18 as two highlights of the varsity's 3-18 campaign.

Junior varsity coach Liz Clark and freshman coach Rob Gardner also thanked their players, and Radford expressed his appreciation to assistant varsity coach Rick Bradshaw.

Team awards included:

Comeback Player—Jordan Doan. Late Bloomer Award—Juan Martinez. Chevy "Like a Rock" Award—Keven Abbott. Team Award—Quentin Dowdle. Handyman Award—Kevin Jensen. Best Foreign-born Swedish Player in School History—Olle Hoeglund. Red Bull Award for Energy Boosts—Alex Padilla.

Sophomore Stone Sutton led the team in rebounding, scoring and assists.

State basketball around Boise

State high school basketball tournaments continue today and Saturday, March 6 in the Boise area with 48 teams playing for six championships. The Idaho High School Activities Association and United Dairymen of Idaho are sponsors.

First-round games in Wood River's 4A division Thursday at Borah High School in Boise:

Bishop Kelly (17-6) vs. Jerome (15-11); Moscow (16-6) vs. Rigby (13-12); Hillcrest of Idaho Falls (20-3) vs. defending champion Skyview of Nampa (19-4); and Great Basin Conference champion Twin Falls (21-3) vs. Century of Pocatello (14-11). Championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m. at The Idaho Center in Nampa.

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