THORNTON — Kaylie Rader’s success at Horizon didn’t go overlooked, the senior star was recently chosen as the Front Range League girls Player of the Year.
Rader, who averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks, earned the honor after leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record and 13-3 record in the FRL — which was tied for first in the league.
Legacy sophomore Courtney Smith was also chosen to the FRL first team. Smith led the Lightning with 14.7 points and was second on the team with 7.4 boards.
Horizon’s Gabby Jimenez and Alyssa Rader made the second team, while Legacy’s Caitlyn Smith and Mountain Range’s Hope Martinez and Tory Travers were honorable mention.
On the boys side, Mountain Range’s Jacob Taylor made the second team. Horizon’s Dillon Harshman, Jake Ralphs, Steven Sumey and Legacy’s Mitch McCall and Andrew Hebel were honorable mention.
In wrestling, Legacy’s Connor Casady (160) and Skyler McWee (220), Horizon’s Anthony Cortez (106 pounds) and Mountain Range’s Randy Boerner (152) made the first team.
Horizon’s Matt Emerson (145) was chosen to the second team, while Legacy’s Ryan Deakin (106) and Donovan Coghill (113) and Mountain Range’s Patrick Romero (145), Joel Geers (160) and Jorge Rodriguez (285) were all honorable
In swimming, Mountain Range’s Shelly Drozda made the first team in 200-yard freestyle and 100-backstroke. She was also part of the Mustangs’ 200-free relay team that made the first team. Amanda Kassel, Mackenzie Saenz and Macayla Cross were also part of the team.
Making the second team were Legacy’s Fiona Drezka in the 200-individual medley and Legacy’s Mary Lombardi in the 500-free.
The Lightning’ 400 freestyle relay team was chosen as honorable mention.