After two excellent basketball seasons, it was no surprise when Moffat County’s teams were honored heavily in the end-of-season awards.
The boys and girls teams each had five members picked for the All-Western Slope League teams, and sophomore Kort Hathhorn was chosen as a member of the All-State third team for 3A.
Hathhorn, a sophomore this season, averaged 17.2 points per game to lead Moffat County and had 2.6 steals per game, second best on the district champs. He was at his best in the team’s key games this year, scoring 28 points against Aspen in the regular season, 26 against the Skiers in the district championship game, 25 against Bishop Machebeuf in the regional final and 28 in the team’s Great 8 loss to Colorado Academy.
The All-State teams, presented by www.chsaanow.com, ColoradoPreps and MaxPreps were picked through a nomination process from coaches and leagues, then voted on again by coaches.
“I just found out a little bit ago,” Hathhorn said Friday. “My dad told me and I thought he was kidding. I don’t really know what to say about it. It motivates me, seeing that I could do it. I want to get better and better every year.”
Two sophomores from Colorado Academy, Justin Bassey and Jack Buckmelter, were selected first team All-State. CA came within one basket of winning the state championship this season. Holy Family senior David Sommers, who won the state championship, was the 3A Player of the Year.
Hathhorn gave those players their due but thought some of his teammates could have been there, as well, if they were better known.
“I felt like we were better than (Colorado Academy) but they beat us,” he said. “If we were down there more often, some of our guys would’ve been there, too.”
Two other Western Slope players earned All-State honors, with Aspen big man Trent Lichtenwalter getting onto the second team and Grand Valley sharpshooter Sam Parker on the third team.
Those two and Hathhorn also were picked to the 3A All Western Slope League first team by the WSL coaches. Senior Taft Cleverly and junior Tyler Davis joined also made the first team. Juniors Joe Camilletti and Matt Hamilton were given honorable mention in the WSL.
Eric Hamilton was chosen as Coach of the Year in the conference. Moffat County’s boys went 21-6 this season, including 13-3 in the WSL to take second, before winning the Western Slope District championship.
“We’re probably one of the most talented teams out there,” Hathhorn said.
The girls basketball team won its second straight district championship after taking fourth in the WSL. Five seniors made the All-WSL last year and the Bulldogs had five new players earn those honors this year.
Voted on by the coaches in the league, Allie Ehlers, Jazmine Swindler and Cheianne Pinnt were picked to the All-WSL first team. Sophomores Leah Camilletti and Morgan Lawton were honorable mention.
Moffat County girls lost its top seven players in terms of minutes played from last year but regrouped to win the district title anyway. The Bulldogs made a regional final before losing to eventual fifth-place team Bishop Machebeuf.
The team didn’t have a player average double-digit scoring but still poured in 56 points per game and did most of its work on defense, with four players averaging two or more steals per game.
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