Thu May 12th, 2016
Special to the Drum
Slow in coming, but most welcome news upon arrival, the All-San Juan Basin League Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams definitely had a reddish hue to them with Ignacio prominently represented.
And no more so than at the top of each listing, with Coach-of-the-Year distinction bestowed upon Bobcat boys’ boss Chris Valdez (whose squad went 22-4 and unbeaten in SJBL play) and girls’ chief executive Shane Seibel (whose squad finished 17-5 overall with only one SJBL loss).
To the surprise of none, the Boys’ Player-of-the-Year Award as well as First Team All-League honor went to Bobcat senior guard Wyatt Hayes. Joining him on the First Team were Mancos senior center/forward Ro Paschal, Ouray junior guard/forward Ravi Inmon (tied in the voting with Ridgway senior guard Hasten Beamer), Dove Creek senior guard Jordan Ernst and IHS senior guard/forward Tucker Ward.
Bobcat senior center Nick Herrera received Second Team All-SJBL along with Norwood junior forward Kade Brantingham and senior guard Hayden Rushing, Telluride senior guard Zak Hild, and Dolores senior forward Ben Lykins. RHS senior guard Grant Saville, OHS senior center Caleb Preston and THS senior forward Miles Galbo were all designated Honorable Mention All-League.
On the girls’ side, Ignacio senior Ellie Seibel earned First Team All-SJBL with classmate Chrystianne Valdez. oining them were Player-of-the-Year Macie Magallon of Norwood, a junior center/forward, and sophomore guard Cortney Lemon, Dolores senior guard Larissa Umberger, and Nucla senior forward Erin Staats.
IHS sophomore Hilda Garcia was named Second Team All-League with Mancos senior guard Jessica Gutierrez, Ridgway senior guard/forward Brynne Skalla, DHS senior guard Nichole Kibel, OHS junior forward Kayla Fairchild and Norwood senior guard Christa Kennedy. MHS junior guard Brittney Peacock was the lone Honorable Mention recipient.