Robinson, Brandon tabbed as SWL Players of the Year

The Grand Junction High School boys and girls basketball teams swept the Southwestern League awards for player of the year and coach of the year.

Tigers standout guard Sydni Brandon, the SWL leader in assists (4.3) and steals (4.9) per game as a junior, picked up player-of-the-year honors. Brandon was second in the league in scoring (12.8 points per game) while leading the Tigers to a 22-3 record and a run into the third round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza was awarded coach of the year.

Fruita Monument’s Kassidy Fair and Vanessa Herrera and Montrose’s Elise Hill and Emily Thorp joined Brandon on the first team.

Grand Junction’s Elisha Jahnke, Shafer Rubalcaba and Tori Catlett were second-team selections. They were joined by Montrose’s Stephanie Rowan and Bryce Gatt as well as Fruita Monument’s Mariah Love and Central’s Taryn Smith on the second team.

For the boys, Broderick Robinson picked up his second SWL player-of-the-year nod. The senior, who finished sixth in Class 5A with 20.9 points per game and averaged a double-double with 10 rebounds per game, also was selected to participate in The Show. Put on by the Denver Nuggets, The Show pits 20 of Colorado’s top players against one another in a prep all-star game.

Grand Junction coach Dutch Johnson was the SWL coach of the year, guiding Grand Junction (21-3) to a perfect mark in league play. His Tigers also reached the third round of the 5A playoffs, where the Tigers fell to powerhouse Denver East.

D.J. Wells, a junior post player for the Tigers, joined Robinson on the first team and was the only underclassman on the top squad.

Fruita Monument’s Matt Story and Central’s Trey Fair also were first-team selections.

Grand Junction’s Ridge Droskin and Greg Eccher made the second team and were joined on that team by Fruita Monument’s Dylan Row as well as Montrose’s Angelo Youngren and Kyle Freeburg.


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