LyBarger, Drumm make all-league for Huskies hoops
Coach Hite, just say it one more time for old time’s sake.
“She’s our Energizer bunny,” Battle Mountain girls basketball coach David Hite said Wednesday. “She just keeps going and going.”
The she in question is Huskies senior point guard Sara LyBarger, who represents Battle Mountain girls basketball on the 4A Western Slope all-league team.
And, if LyBarger had a nickel for every time Hite referred to her as the Energizer Bunny, LyBarger would have a free ride through college.
It is an apt nickname. LyBarger’s not big, but she’s battled for four years for rebounds. – and she’s even taken tip-offs. She tore her ACL in both her freshman and sophomore years, yet kept going.
Even this year when she rolled her ankle early in the season, she kept going and going and going, leading the team on the floor.
“I’m taping her ankle every day and she just kept going out there,” Hite said. “She has great hustle, great attitude. She comes to practice everyday ready to play. She’s like a coach out there on the court the way she breaks down the defense and leads the offense.”
The Huskies’ backcourt was honored as whole with Alexis Guinn taking home honorable-mention honors. The shooting guard averaged 12 points per game.
“Alexis was our scorer,” Hite said.
“She brought us stability. She’ll probably be a point guard next year. She’s just a feisty player out there.”
Drumm represents boys team
For the Battle Mountain boys basketball team, Connor Drumm is first-team all-league.
Did we mention that he’s just a sophomore?
“It makes me very happy,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “Obviously, we expect great things out of Connor Drumm. It’s nice that he gets that recognition as a sophomore and we still have two more years with him.”
Trivia time – Who was the last Battle Mountain boys basketball team member to make all-league as a sophomore?
That would be Josh Henry and that puts Drumm in some fine company.
After an injury plagued freshman season, Drumm averaged a double-double this year with 14 points per game and 11 rebounds.
Chris Romero, the team’s shooting guard, made the honorable-mention roll.
“He had a couple of 16-point games,” Tronsrue said. “He was our leading 3-point shooter and our leading assist man.”
Glandorf all-league for Saints
As Rachel Glandorf went, so went Vail Christian girls basketball.
So, it comes as no surprise that Glandorf made all-league in the 1A Mountain League for the second year in a row.
“She is what holds the team together. Her stats speak for themselves,” Saints girls basketball coach Patrick Beaudine said.
Those stats would be 16.1 points per game to go with an average of 5.1 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks – as a guard.
“She is one of the elite players in 1A basketball,” Beaudine said. “She’s a guard and she blocks and she rebounds. She’s the complete package. The Ouray coach basically told me, ‘Our strategy is to make sure Rachel doesn’t score 30 points against us, so we can beat Vail Christian.'”
Beaudine also put up Danielle Cavanaugh, Lauren Mutter and Brooke Horan-Kates for all-league consideration.
What about Kyle Morris?
Postseason snubs are a tradition when it come to all-league balloting and this year’s unfortunate winner is Kyle Morris of the Vail Christian boys basketball team.
Morris led the 1A Mountain League in scoring with 16.1 points per game, but somehow was left off the all-league team, leaving Saints boys coach Sheldon Kuhns scratching his head.
“I differ with my fellow coaches,” Kuhns said diplomatically. “Kyle and Matt (Seatvet) were our team leaders. Kyle was the one who gave us our energy out there. Kyle was our energy guy and Matt was the stability guy. Matt had 10 points and 10 rebounds per game, averaging a double-double. They both made everything work.”
In addition to leading the league in scoring, Morris had a 44-percent shooting average from the floor and nearly converted on a third of his 3-pointers.