Friday, March 18, 2011

Martinez, Benson take top Great Basin honors

All-Conference hoops selections

Great Basin Conference “Player of the Year” Kaitana Martinez drives the baseline past Jerome’s Carrie Thibault during Hailey’s 41-39 home tournament victory over the Tigers Feb. 3 in Hailey. Photo by David N. Seelig

Reaping more of the rewards of an outstanding girls' basket-ball season, Wood River High School has its first "Coach of the Year" and "Player of the Year" honorees from the six-school Great Basin Conference.

Third-year coach Mendy Benson earned the top coach award and junior point guard Kaitana Martinez was "Player of the Year" when the confer-ence announced its post-season awards last week.

Benson led the Wolverines to a school-record 21-3 mark, its first GBC tournament title and second place in the State 4A tourney—best finish in school history. Martinez (17.0 ppg) was the team's leading scorer and set the school single-season scoring record, 408 points.

Junior Haylee Thompson joined Martinez on the All-GBC first team while teammates Cheyenne Swanson, Taylor Hayes and Allie Hesteness made honorable mention.

At the team's season-ending banquet March 3 in Hailey, coach Benson said about her varsity squad, "They really had an incredible, amazing season that I think this valley will be proud of for a long time."

Team awards presented at the banquet: Kaitana Martinez, "Finish Strong"; Taylor Hayes, "Best Defensive Player"; Chey-enne Swanson, "Most Inspira-tional"; and Hunter Thompson, "Most Improved."

For the Wood River boys' basketball team, junior Stone Sutton was an honorable men-tion pick. Here are the teams:

Great Basin girls

Coach of the Year: Mendy Ben-son (WRHS). Player of the Year: Kaitana Martinez (WRHS).

First team: Kaitana Martinez and Haylee Thompson (WRHS); Jazlyn Nielsen (Twin Falls); Carrie Thibault (Jerome); and Marlee Chandler (Minico).

Second team: Haylee Burnham (Jerome); Josie Jordan (Twin Falls); Taylor O'Connell (Minico); Allie Kelsey (Twin Falls); and Breyanna Burk (Can-yon Ridge).

Honorable mention: Cheyenne Swanson, Taylor Hayes and Allie Hesteness (WRHS); Alyssa Soloaga and Mallory Jund (Twin Falls); Karly Hudelson and Bonnie Detweiler (Can-yon Ridge); Frankie Garey (Jerome); Dayna Phillips (Minico); Aubrie Vale and Brooke Bowers (Burley).

Great Basin boys

Coach of the Year: Mike Graefe (Minico). Player of the Year: Kade Miller (Minico).

First team: Eric Harr (Twin Falls); Casey Christiansen and Kevin Jur-gensmeier (Minico); Jake Hollifield (Jerome); and Grant Jones (Canyon Ridge).

Second team: Robert Sanchez (Twin Falls); Bronson Miller and Edgar Espinosa (Minico); Spencer Parker (Jerome); and Alex Ridgeway (Canyon Ridge).

Honorable mention: Stone Sutton (WRHS); Alex Larson and Alex Greener (Burley); Austin Leavitt (Jerome); T.J. Ellis and Colton Stott (Twin Falls); Austin Thomas (Canyon Ridge); and Bryan Guzman (Minico).

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2024 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.