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LSRV Rattlers bring home numerous individual awards

Joshua Gordon
Daniel Wille, a Little Snake River Valley School senior, rushes past defenders Nov. 12 during the Wyoming 1A six-man state title game in Laramie. Wille was named the 1A six-man south and 1A all-state offensive player of the year during Thursday’s coaches’ meeting.
Joshua Gordon

Awards ...

The Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s individual postseason awards:

Wyoming 1A six-man south

all-conference honors

• Miles Englehart

• Zach Filip

• Cole Gourlay

• Conner Lee

• Cassidy Mikesell

• Manuel Quinteros

• Rex Stanley

• Daniel Wille

Wyoming 1A six-man south

players of the year

• Offense: Daniel Wille

• Defense: Cole Gourlay

Wyoming 1A six-man south

coach of the year

• Mike Bates

Wyoming 1A all-state

first-team honors

• Miles Englehart

• Cole Gourlay

• Manuel Quinteros

• Rex Stanley

• Daniel Wille

Wyoming 1A all-state

players of the year

• Offense: Daniel Wille

• Defense: Cole Gourlay*

Wyoming 1A all-state

coach of the year

• Mike Bates

*Co-defensive player of the year





Daniel Wille, a Little Snake River Valley School senior, rushes past defenders Nov. 12 during the Wyoming 1A six-man state title game in Laramie. Wille was named the 1A six-man south and 1A all-state offensive player of the year during Thursday’s coaches’ meeting.
Joshua Gordon

Awards …

The Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s individual postseason awards:

Wyoming 1A six-man south

all-conference honors

• Miles Englehart

• Zach Filip

• Cole Gourlay

• Conner Lee

• Cassidy Mikesell

• Manuel Quinteros

• Rex Stanley

• Daniel Wille

Wyoming 1A six-man south

players of the year

• Offense: Daniel Wille

• Defense: Cole Gourlay

Wyoming 1A six-man south

coach of the year

• Mike Bates

Wyoming 1A all-state

first-team honors

• Miles Englehart

• Cole Gourlay

• Manuel Quinteros

• Rex Stanley

• Daniel Wille

Wyoming 1A all-state

players of the year

• Offense: Daniel Wille

• Defense: Cole Gourlay*

Wyoming 1A all-state

coach of the year

• Mike Bates

*Co-defensive player of the year

Winning a state title requires championship-caliber players to get a team to the grand stage.

For the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s players, their individual contributions were recognized Thursday during the Wyoming 1A coaches’ meeting.

The Rattlers won the Wyoming 1A six-man state championship, 54-33, over Dubois High School on Nov. 12 in Laramie.

Senior Daniel Wille recorded four rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns during the game to cap off a season in which he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and had 36 total touchdowns.

Wille was named to the 1A six-man south all-conference team, the 1A all-state first team and was named the 1A six-man south and 1A all-state offensive player of the year.

“I can’t take all the credit for my success because my teammates pushed me and made me a better player,” Wille said. “Every since I was little, I have been very competitive and wanted to be the strongest and fastest kid out there, and I think that made me a better runner.”

Head coach Mike Bates said after two years of Wille backing up Sean Rietveld, 2011 was his year to shine.

“Our offense dictates the run first, so it was perfect for Dan to succeed,” Bates said. “He’s an all-around good player and if you look at yards after the catch or after the handoff, it just seems natural for him.”

Seven other Rattlers joined Wille on the 1A six-man south all-conference team — seniors Miles Englehart and Rex Stanley and juniors Zach Filip, Cole Gourlay, Conner Lee, Cassidy Mikesell and Manuel Quinteros.

Englehart, Stanley, Gourlay and Quinteros were also named to the 1A all-state first team.

“Rex, Miles and I have a great relationship and are great friends that work hard together,” Wille said. “We push each other all the time on the field, and I think that makes us better and it makes everyone else on the team highly competitive and makes them step up.”

Bates said having several of his players be part of the three teams that won state titles last year — football, basketball and track — made coaching the team in high-pressure situations easy.

“This was their fourth time winning a state title in just over a year, so they knew what to do,” he said. “They took care of their assignments, and I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was every game.”

While Wille helped lead the Rattlers offense to more than 57 points per game, Gourlay was the leader on the defense.

With a team-leading 113 tackles as well as three interceptions, Gourlay was named the 1A six-man south defensive player of the year and the 1A all-state co-defensive player of the year.

At the coaches’ meeting, Bates said fellow coaches couldn’t comprehend how a player listed as 143 pounds could be so successful at the linebacker position.

“I don’t understand it either, but I guess I am just natural at it,” Gourlay said. “I just make sure I know where my opponent is going to go and where I need to be to make the play.”

Like Wille, Gourlay said he wouldn’t have been able to succeed without his teammates.

The Rattlers had 21 sacks and 32 interceptions on the year.

“Our biggest strength was we trusted each other,” Gourlay said. “You have to trust that if you take out a blocker, your teammate will make the tackle. If you don’t have trust, you are just going to be running around trying to do everything yourself.”

Bates said when Gourlay started on the team as a freshman in 2009, he knew he would be something special.

“Cole is dynamite on the field and the other kids feed off his momentum and desire,” he said. “Even as a freshman linebacker, he was doing things we hadn’t coached him and he was doing them right.”

Having won two straight state titles, Wille said as much credit can be given to the coaching staff as the players.

Bates was named the 1A six-man south and the 1A all-state coach of the year.

“Coach Bates and the staff put in so much time watching film and scheming up things for us to do,” Wille said. “After our first year, (Bates) went back to the drawing board and figured out what we needed to learn and improve on to be successful, and it paid off.”

Losing the senior class is tough, Bates said, but with 10 returning players who saw significant playing time, next year looks promising.

“It’s always great to return players who know what they need to do,” he said. “When we start two-a-days, we will be way ahead of where we should be.”

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