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Spanish Springs, Reed athletes garner all-league attention
by Dan Eckles
May 28, 2010 | 1558 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs senior hurdler Sullivan Stevens was named the Northern 4A’s runner of the year by regional coaches.
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs senior hurdler Sullivan Stevens was named the Northern 4A’s runner of the year by regional coaches.
Nevada’s high school state championship events wrapped up last weekend. With the close of the spring sports campaign comes the release of all-league awards and Rail city prep athletes highlighted plenty of those awards lists.

Here’s a rundown of local athletes who earned all-league honors following their individual spring sports season.

- Track & Field -

Spanish Springs senior Sullivan Stevens was named the Northern 4A’s runner of the year. Stevens won the 300 meters hurdles and 110m hurdles at both the Northern 4A meet and last week’s 4A state championships. Stevens was a first-team all-region selection pick in both events.

“The way he ran those two races (at state), he had a lot of heart and a belief in himself when others were telling him he’s too small,” Spanish Springs coach Pat McGuire said.

Stevens’ SSHS teammates Justus Mora and Aaron Cross earned first-team all-region honors in the 100m. Cross was first team in the 200m while Mora was named to the second team.

Spanish Springs Austin Rauh was second-team all-region in the 400m.

Stevens, Cross, Rauh and Mora combined to grab the first-team all-region honors in the 400m and 800m relay.

Josh Brigs garnered a first-team all-region honor in the 800m for Spanish Springs.

Reed’s Garrett Stagmire, Jesse Robards, Josh Gingras and Andrew Wolken captured second team all-region honors in the 400m relay. Robards, Gingras, Wolken and Tyler Pine were second team in the 800m relay.

Robards also took home a first-team all-region award in the long jump.

“He did great. Jesse’s been one of those guys that you’ve looked at since his sophomore year. You look at his work ethic and coachability,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “He’s one of those kids who could also be a coach on the field based on the fact he pays attention to the details that need to be done. Because of those details, it paid off for him in the long jump this year.”

On the girls side, both Reed and Spanish Springs saw a handful of athletes get some all-league attention.

Spanish Springs senior Ari James was a first-team all-region selection in the 100m. Her SSHS teammate Laura Voss was a first-team honoree in the 300m hurdles and a second team pick in the 200m.

Reed got a foursome of athletes on the first team in the 400m relay thanks to a stellar spring by Nese Jackson, Kelsey Gomer, Haley White and Adriana Newell. James, Voss, Jessica Fralick and Rachel Martin were a second-team pick for Spanish Springs in the event.

In the 800m relay, Gomer, Newell, Honour Knudsen and Amanda Sharkey got the first team nod, while the aforementioned SSHS foursome was a second-team pick.

Sharkey, Gomer, White and Newell also grabbed a first-team award in the 1,600m relay.

Reed’s Nyasha LeSure was a first-team honoree in the high jump.

- Boys Golf -

Spanish Springs sophomore Jordan Gilmore was named the High Desert League’s player of the year after posting the lowest scoring average of any player in the HDL this past spring.

“He did really well. He finished the year out strong,” SSHS golf coach Victor Sherbondy said after the Cougars’ final regular season tournament in Elko.

Gilmore was not the only Cougar golfer to earn an all-league award. His teammate Carson Cooke was a first-team pick. Jake Ellis was a second team pick and Cole Petersen was on the honorable mention list.

Reed’s Jake Nelson was named on the HDL’s first team while his Raiders teammates Nick Stefan and Chris Hackler captured second team honors.

- Swimming -

Spanish Springs senior Sarah McCorkle was a second-team all-region honoree in the 50m and 100m freestyle. Cougars diver Lexi Franco was a second team all-region pick.

Reed senior Rachel O’Connor was a second team all-region selection in the 100m butterfly. Her Raiders teammate Katrina Wilhite made the first team all-region list in the 100m backstroke and the second team in the 50m freestyle.

Reed’s Kyle Scalise was a first team winner in the 200m individual medley and the 100m breaststroke.

Spanish Springs Alex Paul was a first team winner in the 100m butterfly. Paul was also second team in the 100m backstroke while his teammate Justin Reed was second team in the event.

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