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Spoonhunter named Player of the Year
Mar 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Several other Fremont County players earned Class 2-A all-conference honors from the Southwest league.
Alvin Spoonhunter is now a two-time Class 2-A all-state basketball selection.
The Wyoming Indian senior was named to the list last week by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.
Spoonhunter also is the Class 2-A Southwest player of the year.
"As hard as Alvin has worked, it wasn't a hard decision," WIHS coach Craig Ferris said. "He has been one of my leaders the past couple of years. I'm glad that he gets to put that on his resume."
Ferris said Spoonhunter goes all out on both offense and defense.
"Defensively, he was always the guy that took the toughest defensive assignment," Ferris said. "He plays with high energy the whole game. He never gets tired. He is a good kid all around."
Spoonhunter averaged 14 points a game this year
"He did improve on his outside shot," Ferris said. "He was one of our most consistent 3-point shooters during the year."
Teammate Trevor Williamson also was named to the Class 2-A all-state team from WIHS.
"We went to Trevor a lot this year," Ferris said. "He is pretty much one of the first post guys that I have had. We used him a lot of the start of the year. He put a lot of wrenches in what the defenses where trying to do. We took advantage of that."
This was Williamson's first time on the all-state list.
"Trevor made a big leap from his post-up game," Ferris said. "He could step up and hit the 3-pointer. We had a few plays where he would get him away from the bucket. He pretty much doubled his game from what he did last year."
WIHS finished fifth at the Class 2-A state basketball tournament.
The Chiefs lost to Lusk 51-40 in the opening round at Casper College.
"That was a heartbreaking loss, for us to have our worst shooting game of the year at the state tournament," Ferris said.
WIHS beat Big Piney 59-48 and Burns 48-44 for the consolation championship.
"We did a pretty good job of staying focused," Ferris said. "It's not a bad thing to go 2-1 at the state tournament."
Ferris said the Chiefs will use the offseason to improve on their shooting.
"We are going to do everything that we can to get back into the title hunt again," Ferris said. "I have a pretty good group of young guys that are coming up. We are going to lose some of our size in Trevor. We are always going to have that speed."
Spoonhunter, Williamson, Joseph Howell, Wilson Clifford and Joey Aragon represented WIHS on the Class 2-A Southwest all-conference team.
Shoshoni's Josh Thoren and Lawry Johnson were put on the all-conference list as well.
Wind River's Caleb C' Bearing also earned a spot on the team.
Class 2-A all-state
Cody Savage, Lovell; Ryan Clark, Lovell; Bryce Ward, Rocky Mountain; Mathew Wigglesworth, Big Horn; Levi Petersen, Moorcroft; Travis Romsa, Burns; Hunter Dockery, Lusk; Travis Smith, Lusk; Alvin Spoonhunter, Wyoming Indian; Trevor Williamson, Wyoming Indian; Jordan Sims, Big Piney.
Class 2-A Southwest
Big Piney: Jordan Sims, Nolan Jones, Jordan Banks, Michael Howard.
Kemmerer: Tre Deeter, Trevor Simpson, Kyle Corbridge.
Shoshoni: Josh Thoren, Lawry Johnson.
Wyoming Indian: Alvin Spoonhunter, Trevor Williamson, Joseph Howell, Wilson Clifford, Joey Aragon.
Wind River: Caleb C'Bearing.