Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WRHS football gives awards, salutes players

All-Conference picks revealed

    At the recent team awards banquet, Wood River High School varsity football coach Kevin Stilling handed out team awards and congratulated his players chosen for the 2013 Great Basin Conference 4A All-League football teams.
    Making the All-Conference first team were senior Cooper Bailey (return specialist) and junior Hayden Thayer (defen-sive back). On the second team were junior Austin Savaria (defensive back) and junior Parker Bingham (offensive lineman).
    Honorable mention selec-tions were senior Cody Rich-mond, juniors Champe Kotara and Hagan Barsch, and sopho-more Alec Nordsieck.
    Team awards were: Hayden Thayer as Most Valuable De-fensive Player; Chris Lentz as Most Improved Player; Parker Bingham as Most Valuable Lineman; and Cooper Bailey as Most Valuable Offensive Player. Bailey led the team in scoring with 36 points includ-ing a 90-yard kickoff  return and 48-yard fumble return for touchdowns in home games.
    Stilling’s coveted “Cross the Line” awards went to Hayden Thayer, Austin Savaria and Cooper Bailey.
    The coach said, “In my first four seasons there were very clear-cut, single winners, for this all-important award to our players. That being said, on any given Friday night, any of these three were very deserv-ing of this award.  These play-ers’ efforts every Friday were indicative of the effort we ex-pect from all of our football players regardless of their abilities.”
    Stilling added about the var-sity’s 1-8 campaign, “2013 was a season that didn't end as we would have liked and certainly not as we expected.  
    “We were short-handed from the get-go and knew that our ability to be competitive would be highly correlated to our abil-ity to stay healthy. Unfortunately, inju-ries mounted and we headed into most Friday nights at a severe disadvantage from a depth standpoint.
    “On the season we as coaches could not fault our kids’ effort or their desire to improve. Effort and getting better throughout the season have been and will remain a focal point of our program.
    “We have a very talented group of juniors and a good nucleus of sophomores from which to build upon for the 2014 season. We expect big things from them.”

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