Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Four Columbia High School basketball players -- three girls and a boy -- earned All-Trico League recognition for their performances during the 2001-02 season.
Juniors Mallory Holtman and Crystal Blankenship were named to the All-Trico League second team. Honorable mention went to junior Jessica Kinder.
Adam Neff, also a junior, garnered All-Trico second-team honors in his second season of varsity basketball.
GCB Boys All-Opponents Team
One third of the spots of the 2002 Greater Columbia B League's Boys Basketball All-Opponents Teams went to four Klickitat County players.
Elected to the 12-member squad by the league's coaches were seniors Ben Anderson of Trout Lake, Chad Myers of Lyle and twins Jeremy and Jason Dean of Klickitat.
The rest of the all-league team comprised: Lance Den Boer, Daryl Haak, Joel Hughes and Kenton Barry of 2002 state champion Sunnyside Christian; Pooky Hernandez and Cash Fiander, La Salle; Josh Horsely, Riverside Christian; and Julius Hill, Yakama Tribal.
Anderson did it all in leading Trout Lake back to the district tournament this past season. He paced the Mustangs in scoring (16 ppg), field-goal percentage (51%), rebounding (7.3 rpg) and steals (3.7 spg).
Myers, one of Lyle's two top scorers, averaged double figures in scoring and made 43 percent of his shots from the floor in helping the Cougars advance to the Central Washington Regional Tournament last month.
The Dean twins were the heart and soul of a Klickitat team that placed third in final GCB standings and went to district.
They were the Vandals' leading scorers and rebounders, with nearly identical statistics, and intimidating inside defenders.
Coach of the Year honors went to Bruce Siebol of Riverside Christian. Bickleton garnered the sportsmanship award.
GCB Girls All-Opponents Team
Five Klickitat County players -- two each from Klickitat and Lyle, and one from Bickleton -- were elected to the 2002 Greater Columbia B League's Girls Basketball All-Opponents Team.
League coaches named senior Michelle Martell and junior Jordan Graeme of Klickitat; senior Kristina Lucas and junior Lindsey Blaine, Lyle; and senior Kate Whitmore, Bickleton, to the all-league team.
Three players from GCB champion La Salle, two from District 5 champ Riverside Christian and two from Sunnyside Christian rounded out the 12-member squad.
They were Savanna Strom, Chantell Burch and Heidi Schoff, La Salle; Sara Uhlman and Jennifer Shuel, Riverside; and Lisa Groenweg and Tami Lambrecht, Sunnyside.
Lyle's Verlyn Smith was voted Coach of the Year by his colleagues, who also bestowed the sportsmanship award on Pirates Coach Tom Whitmore's Bickleton squad.
Martell led Klickitat in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg) this past season while shooting nearly 55 percent from the field.
Graeme was second in scoring (13.7 ppg) and field-goal percentage (46%) for the Vandals but first in steals and blocked shots.
Lucas, a four-year starter for her school, became the first player in Lyle girls basketball history to break the 1,000-point barrier for a career. She averaged 13 ppg and 8 rpg, but was just as regarded for her defense.
Blaine also surpassed 1,000 career points this past season on her way to leading the league in scoring (21 ppg) and the Cougars in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and assists.
Whitmore was Bickleton's team captain and floor leader. She was the Pirates' third-highest scorer (6.8 ppg) and second-best rebounder (8.3 rpg).