Apr 22, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterFremont County's 2012 Player of the Year is a familiar one to basketball fans across the Cowboy State. The number 3 comes to mind anytime someone mentions the play of Wyoming Indian senior John Soundingsides. Soundingsides attempted more than 1,000 shots from beyond the arc in his four-year career for the Chiefs and made well over 400 in the process.
Soundingsides had the capacity to score quickly. When he was on, the Chiefs were never out of reach no matter who they were playing or how large the deficit was.
Soundingsides played in four state championship games and was a member of Wyoming Indian's championship team three times.
Only a collective cold-shooting night against Big Horn in the 2011 tournament kept him from sweeping four titles during his high school career.
Soundingsides is a three-time All-County selection.
His familiar jab-step 3-point shot was impossible to defend. He routinely scored more than 30 points a game and set a new single-game scoring record for the Chiefs with 65 points scored against Shoshoni in his final home game at Ethete.
While his shooting was phenomenal, Soundingsides was a complete player. At 5-8 he had incredible leaping ability and put down the ball hard with fast-break dunks at times during his junior and senior year.
Blazing speed completed his game, and defensively he soared above players eight inches taller on rebounds or deftly knocked the ball loose to set up the Chiefs potent fast-break game.
Soundingsides is also an accomplished football player and in spite of a nagging injury that kept him from playing a complete season he was a favorite target on the fade route. His 95-yard scoring reception against Shoshoni was the longest of the season in any division last fall.
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