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Local cagers haul in postseason honors
by Aaron Retherford
Feb 28, 2011 | 890 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs junior Brandon Delong was named to the first team all-High Desert League and all-region lists after leading the Cougars in scoring at 16 points per game.
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs junior Brandon Delong was named to the first team all-High Desert League and all-region lists after leading the Cougars in scoring at 16 points per game.
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Only one basketball player from the Rail City got himself on the first team all-High Desert League list, but it wasn’t a surprise who it was.

Spanish Springs junior Brandon Delong was one of the area’s most prolific scorers and coaches voted him to the all-HDL first team as well as the all-North’s first team.

Delong averaged 16 points and four rebounds a game for the Cougars. He had a season-high 41 points against Sierra League runner-up Douglas.

“It’s his work ethic. The kid is relentless,” SSHS boys basketball coach Kyle Penney said. “He knows the things he needs to work on and goes about doing that.”

While no other local player earned first team recognition in the 4A, Spanish Springs was well represented on the second team list.

Seniors Ryan Swanson and Tyler Givani were chosen to the second team. Swanson was second on the Cougs in scoring at 10.6 points per game. But he led the team in blocks, steals, deflections and rebounds. He was second behind Givani in assists.

Reed had one player voted to second team all-league, senior forward Dylan Raatz. He almost averaged a double-double, scoring nine points a night while pulling down about 10 rebounds.

“He was definitely our emotional leader. He really led by example and was one of our team captains,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said of Raatz. “He wasn’t one of the most vocal kids, but everyday in practice he busted his butt. In games, he gives everything he has every second he’s on the court.”

The Cougars and Raiders each had one player named an honorable mention. SSHS freshman guard Jake Longero and Reed junior guard Kyle Ross rounded out the all-league selections.

Penney said Longero is respected by the area coaches just because of how much basketball he plays. So even though Longero didn’t put up huge numbers on paper, he stood out enough for opposing coaches to vote for him due to his defensive skills and his athleticism.

Ross led the Raiders with 10 points per game and also handed out four assists. Hall felt he was the team’s smartest player in terms of understanding the game.

Not surprisingly, HDL champion Hug claimed the most awards, including the top two. Junior Andrew Johnson was named the HDL’s Player of the Year, while Charles Walker was voted by his peers as the Coach of the Year.

•For the first time in three years, the Sparks boys basketball team did not produce the player of the year in the Northern 3A.

However, the Railroaders did have two players earn first team all-league. Mt. Rose League coaches selected senior Martin Jordan and junior Xavier Rodriguez to the first team. Both were all-state selections as well. Jordan was first team all-state, while Rodriguez was chosen for the second team all-state list.

Three other members of the Maroon and Gold received Mt. Rose League postseason honors. Sophomore forward Darius Devine made his way to the second team list. Both senior Henry Banks and junior Erik Garcia were named honorable mentions.

Incline, of the 2A, swept the top two honors in its first season in the combined 2A/3A league format. Senior Patrick Howe earned MVP honors, and Brian Broaddus was the Coach of the Year.
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