Glenwood’s Spiers and Grand Valley’s Parker named WSL Basketball Players of the Year

Glenwood Springs’ Joslyn Spiers dribbles the ball around defender 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 women’s basketball selections from all Western Slope League conferences in the league’s coaches vote at the end of the season.

In the Class 4A ranks, Demon Joslyn Spiers was named co-player of the year along with Summit High School 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 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 playoffs, where the Demons fell in the second round against 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.

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 all 4A conferences was Rifle senior Jamie Caron.

Meanwhile, Parker was a big key to Grand Valley’s 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.

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 and Rifle sophomore Logan Gross did all the lectures; 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 ).

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