The way the Western Slope League coaches voted for the 2003-04 players of the year either answers the question of what the difference is between boys and girls basketball or proves noting at all.
I understand that statement is about as precise as "water is wet," but stick with me, there may be a point.
The coaches meet before the district tournament to vote on the all-league team and the player of the year. If the boys and girls coaches went with the same idea of what makes a player "most valuable," either Moffat County's Anthony Loughran or Brandie Telfer should have earned the league's top honor.
In the boys meeting, Glenwood Springs junior Sean Flohr earned the most votes. His achievements were obvious: He led the league in scoring, he is probably the league's best shooter and he hit 11 three-pointers in one league game.
In the girls meeting, Rifle's Krista Wagstrom was chosen as the league's best. She earned the honor not as the league's top scorer but as the leader of the league's best team.
The boys coaches picked the best individual, the girls picked the best leader.
If it were baseball the boys coaches would have picked Alex Rodriguez, the girls coaches would have picked Andy Pettite.
If I were a psychology major I would say that the girls coaches appreciate team play more, while the boys coaches like to watch the flashy and classy.
Is the boys game focused on individual achievement and the girls overall team achievement?
I don't think it's that cut and dry. Coaches aren't allowed to talk about who voted for who, but it is my understanding that the voting was close for all four players.
Arguments for all four players are logical.
Telfer and Flohr led the league in scoring. Loughran was the leader on a team that was one basket away from a tie for the league title and Wagstrom led her team to an undefeated season in the league.
While it's too late, here's my argument, possibly biased, for why the Moffat County players could have been named.
Loughran's team was 9-3 in the league while the Demons were 5-7. In the three times their teams met, Loughran outscored Flohr two of the three times and in the third game the difference was one point. I can't argue skill level because I only saw Flohr once this year.
If you use the Flohr argument, Telfer should have won the girls honor going away. She was in the top seven in scoring in the state and that's really all that matters, right? Add on the fact that her team was 10-2 in the league and there's even more reason to give her a vote.
I don't really have a problem with the way the voting turned out. I just wanted to let Craig know how close MoCo's two best players were to being the best the WSL had to offer. Regardless of voting, I still think they were.
On a somewhat related note, the Craig Daily Press will be accepting applications for a boys basketball beat writer next year. The Bulldogs would rather not see me around after what my presence meant for them this year. In the 11 games that I covered in person this year the Bulldogs were 3-8. That means in games I wasn't at, they were 10-1.
For the good of the team, somebody else needs to cover the games next year.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org