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Wolverines, ’Cats earn All-IML basketball honors

Queen, Brunson and Reynolds named to First Team
Bayfield's Jackson Queen (4) shoots over Dayshaun Benally (32) of Shiprock, New Mexico, during interstate action Monday, Jan. 9, inside SHS' Chieftain Pit. Queen racked up a game-high 22 points in the Wolverines' 56-54 road win. (Joel Priest/Special to the Herald)

Though the 2022-23 basketball campaign ended far too early for a team as athletic as Bayfield, a measure of consolation came to Wolverine Country recently with the release of the All-Intermountain League teams.

Feared as a scorer, but even more valuable to BHS as one of Class 3A’s top rebounders, senior forward Jackson Queen was voted First Team All-IML in the wake of a 9-13 season. Bayfield was stopped by Yuma in the Region VIII semifinals held in Leadville at Lake County High School.

Senior guard Lance Mazur was named Honorable Mention All-League.

Able to help Ignacio (8-16) reach the Region VII championship out in Peyton, senior guard Eppie Quintana and junior center/forward Gabe Cox both received Honorable Mention distinction.

Bumped up with Pagosa Springs to 4A this season due to CHSAA’s creation of a Class 6A tier, Alamosa junior Brant Jackson was named First Team All-IML as well as boys’ Player of the Year. Head coach Myles Baker was chosen Coach of the Year after guiding the Mean Moose to a 9-1 mark in regular-season Intermountain action, and ultimately a 21-4 overall record after a 65-56 overtime loss to Parker Lutheran in the Class 4A State Tournament’s Great Eight phase.

Bayfield went 2-8 in league this winter; IHS followed at 1-9.

On the girls’ side of things, senior guard Laci Brunson and senior forward/center Harmony Reynolds were both named First Team All-League after helping Ignacio advance to the Region VI semis up in Kersey. The Bobcats finished 11-11 overall and a fourth-place 4-6 in regular-season IML action.

Bayfield (5-15, 0-10) also had two honorees. Senior forward/center Alaysia Kremer and junior guard Genesis Barrera both received Honorable Mention salutes.

A First Team All-League selection, Centauri senior guard Abbey Smith was named girls’ Player of the Year and Troy Reynolds Coach of the Year after the Falcons, who went 10-0 in IML play, ended up 21-3 overall following a 56-39 loss to Colorado Springs St. Mary’s in the Class 3A State Tournament’s Great 8.

With the Final Four being a double-elimination round, SMHS (21-6) recovered from a 33-29 loss against Colorado Springs Christian by beating Ellicott 47-38 in the third-place game. CSCS (25-2) defeated Springs-based The Vanguard School (21-6) in the state championship by a 57-41 margin.

In the 3A boys’ grand finale, Arvada Faith Christian (25-1) downed Salida (25-2) 54-45; Ault Highland (23-4) bettered classification upstart Windsor Charter Academy (21-5) in the third-place game, 79-68.

Additional First Team All-IML boys: Alamosa–Luke Christensen, Kade Jones; Centauri–Chaz Holman, Leighton Curtis; Pagosa Springs – Gunner Dozier, Colt Lewis, Kayson Shahan; Montezuma-Cortez–Austin Wood.

Additional Honorable mention All-IML boys: AHS–Kasey Jones, Jayr Almeida; CHS–Kolten Johnson, Mason Sowards; PSHS – Blake Laner; M-CHS–Tay Wheat.

Additional First Team All-IML girls: Alamosa–Sydney Jackson, Charley Higham, Brooke Gonzales; Centauri–Amaya Garcia, Kailyn Polzin; Pagosa Springs–Chantelle Caldwell, Annie O’Donnell.

Additional Honorable mention All-IML girls: AHS–Mary Masias; CHS–Hannah Curtis, Braelyn Tucker; PSHS – Karsyn Shahan; M-CHS–Savannah Haselroth, Markylla Jones.