Glenwood’s Spiers and Grand Valley’s Parker Named 4A, 3A WSL Basketball Players of the Year

Glenwood Springs Demon Joslyn Spiers dribbles the ball around the defending Basalt Longhorn during action early in the 2021-22 season at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
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A pair of juniors from Glenwood Springs and Grand Valley high schools topped the list of Western Slope League All-Conference women’s basketball selections in the league’s coaches’ vote at the end of the season.

In the 4A ranks, Lady Demon Joslyn Spiers was named co-player of the year along with Summit High junior Autumn Rivera.

Topping the list of 3A women’s selections was AbbeyRose Parker of the Cardinals.

For the boys, the 3A Player of the Year was Porter Lee senior of the 3A State Champion and undefeated Aspen Skiers.

The all-conference basketball picks for boys and girls in both rankings were announced at the end of the regular season and after all WSL teams were eliminated from the weekend’s state tournament. end last.

Spiers helped lead the Glenwood Springs girls to an 18-7 overall record and a 12-0 run to the 4A WSL regular season title and a trip to the 4A playoffs, where the Demons fell in the second round to Skyview, 65-59.

Along the way, Spiers has averaged 11 points, 4.3 steals and 1.9 assists per game, according to stats posted on Maxpreps Colorado.

She was joined on the All-Conference team by senior teammates Ella Johnson, Sophia Prieto and Miah Suarez and junior Breauna Sorensen. The other Garfield County player making 4A All-Conference was Rifle senior Jamie Caron.

Meanwhile, Parker played a key role in the Grand Valley Ladies’ successful run to a 21-6 overall record and 5-2 finish in the 3A WSL competition. The Cardinals finished fourth in the state tournament last weekend.

Grand Valley junior AbbyRose Parker, center, dribbles down the court against Colorado Academy during the Regional 3A tournament at Parachute on March 5.
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Parker led the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game and also contributed four rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.5 steals per game, according to Maxpreps stats.

Her senior teammates Bailey Radel and Jaycee Pittman joined her in earning all-conference honors. Garfield County’s other picks were junior Jackie Camunez and senior Clara Carranza of Coal Ridge. The Titans finished 13-7 that season, also earning a trip to the 3A playoffs.

For the boys, in 4A, Glenwood Springs senior Bryson McClain, junior Erick Cordero and Rifle sophomore Logan Gross made All-Conference; and in 3A, all-conference picks included senior Eddie Salazar and junior Andres Mendoza of Coal Ridge, junior River Byrne of Roaring Fork and senior Emilio Garcia of Grand Valley.

Coaches of the Year were Maggie Crouch of Steamboat Springs (4A girls), Cory Hitchcock of Palisade and Justin Brandt of Eagle Valley (4A boys), Scott Parker of Grand Valley (3A girls) and Cory Parker of Aspen (3A boys ).

Senior Reporter/Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or [email protected]


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