Demons eye All-SWL honors

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Largely related to his accurate jump shot, Joe Keresey shot 54 percent from the floor, including 60 percent from 3, and the Durango High School senior landed on the All-Southwestern League first team for his efforts.

Herald Staff Report

After a trip to the Class 4A state tournament for the first time since 2007, the Durango High School boys basketball team landed a player on the All-Southwestern League first and second team, while the girls team managed the same feat.

Senior Joe Keresey’s consistent play all season long earned him a slot on the All-SWL first team for the Demons, who finished 13-12 and advanced to the second round of the postseason. Keresey averaged 9.6 points per game while hitting 54 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3.

Landing on the second team was DHS’s leading scorer, Morgan Miller. Miller averaged 9.9 points per game while hitting 45 percent of his shots. The 6-5 senior also hit at a 47-percent clip from beyond the arc, causing mismatch problems for smaller defenders.

Taylor Perry earned first-team honors for the Demons on the girls side. The 6-1 senior led DHS with 11.5 points per game, according to

Senior guard Raquel Delgado picked up a spot on the All-SWL second team for her work this season, likely thanks in large part to her on-ball defensive prowess and ball distribution skills.

Fruita Monument swept both Player and Coach of the Year honors after making a run to the sweet 16 in the Class 5A state tournament. Drew Bridges earned top player honors after leading the league with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game. His head coach, Dave Fox, was tabbed the league’s best coach after leading the Wildcats to a 21-4 record, including a 9-1 mark in conference.

Jamie Derrieux of Grand Junction earned top player honors on the girls side. The University of Northern Colorado signee led the SWL with 21 points and 1.1 blocks per game and was tied for second with 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Grand Junction’s Sam Provenza and Montrose’s Eric Sanchez shared Coach of the Year honors in girls basketball. The Tigers and Indians shared the SWL championship at 9-1.

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