Reed junior Adriana Newell was named the Northern 4A Region’s Girls Track Runner of the Year, an achievement that capped off a bounty of rewards, including first team honors in the 100 meters, 200m and 400ms. Sophomore teammate Gabby Williams was right behind Newell in the collection, grabbing first team marks in the 100m and 300m hurdles, along with first team in the high jump. Senior Sierra Hooft garnered second team honors in the 300m hurdles while Nyasha LeSure grabbed first team in the high jump and second in the triple jump.
On the boys side, senior Josh Gingras took first team in both the 100m and 200m. Spencer Stockton was named to the 100m second team while Cody Forman earned the same honor in the 800m. Reed’s Sam Nichols joined the first team in the boys discus.
The individual awards were just the beginning of the slew of prizes for the Raiders. The Blue and Gold’s boys 4x100m relay team (Gingras, Stockton, Will Lyons, Martin Hargrove, Victor Gbenjo, Sean Lancaster) and 4x200m team (Gingras, Stockton, Lyons, Hargrove, Lancaster, John Braun) gathered first-team praise while the 4x800m team (Forman, Austin Sprinkle, Andrew Garcia, Porter Hansen, Ben Stevens, Brandon Robbins) was named to the second team. The Raider relays also were recognized on the girls’ side as the 4x400m team (Hooft, Newell, Williams, Tiare Fonoimoana, Cherish Navarroza, Emily Braun) earned first-team credit and the 4x100m team (Braun, Fonoimoana, Hooft, Navarroza, Annie Braun, Ryeli Pferschy) took second team.
“It’s like everybody always says, the cream always rises to the top,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “These guys that you see that were all-region, first and second team definitely put themselves in that position to be recognized. They deserve every bit of it because of all the hard work they put in. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to have those kind of kids. It truly is a blessing.”
Spanish Springs’ Vance Lively was the lone Cougar to gain all-league attention, taking second team in both the boys long jump and high jump.
As for other prep sports in Sparks, SSHS senior Jordan Gilmore took the top golf honor as he was named the Player of the Year in the Northern 4A with his first-place performance at regionals.
“Jordan played great at regionals, especially his second day,” Spanish Springs golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “He went into a playoff hole and earned it that way, so that was pretty impressive the way he kept his cool for that second day. He went in a few strokes behind and pulled out the victory, so that was pretty nice for him. It was great to have a person and athlete like him on the team to lead the way.”
Cougars teammate Tommy McAlister was named to the region’s second team while Cole Shirley made the third team. All three golfers also made the High Desert League’s honors with Gilmore and McAlister landing on the HDL’s first team and Shirley on the second team. Owen Bartlett rounded out the Cougars’ all-league golf contingent with as an HDL honorable mention.
“We had a few guys play their best rounds of the year at regionals and it really showed their dedication throughout the year and how they really peaked at the right time,” Wirshing said. “All their hard work paid off with some really great performances those two days at regionals. I was really happy they put it all together at the right time and they had the right mental attitude to go out there and take it.”
Reed’s Trevor Wood joined Gilmore and McAlister on the High Desert first team. Dylan McKenzie and Wyatt Koski were named to the HDL’s honorable mention list.
In swim and dive, both schools had a pair of student athletes join the awards parade with All-Region recognition.
Reed swimmer Kyle Scalise took first-team honors in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. Raiders’ diver Amy Wantanabe collected a second-team honor in the girls 1m dive. Spanish Springs diver Walter Lee made the first team in the boys 1m dive, while Cougar swimmer Jared Means took second team in the 200-yard IM.