Stillwater hoogstens garner post-season nods
After a long basketball season, Columbus junior Alexa Riveland and two other Cougars were honored for the hard work they put in throughout the past several months.
Riveland was given All-State and All-Conference First Team honors. She was a leader and key component of the Columbus offense throughout the season.
Also given First Team recognition was junior Morgan Kirch, a reliable player for the Cougars on both offense and defense.
Sophomore Brenna Rouane was named All-Conference Second Team. Rouane was a staple of the Cougar defense, contributing steals and important turnovers all season long.
Columbus had a strong season, going 14-8, and earning the title of regular season champions.
Nine Stillwater County basketball players have earned 6C postseason honors for their efforts and successes during this last season.
Park City senior Rylan Gauthier and RPR senior Trevor Herzog were both given All-State and All-Conference First Team honors.
Both boys were offensive forces throughout the season for their teams. Herzog was a constant threat from behind the arc, and Gauthier led the Panthers on a successful run that lasted until the final day of the state tournament.
Also receiving First Team honors were two more Park City players – senior Talon Johnstone and junior Connor McNeil. Johnstone was a strong inside player for the Panthers, and McNeil consistently performed well on both sides of the ball.
Absarokee senior Joaquin Pilcher, the leader of the Husky offense, earned an All-Conference Second Team award. Also receiving a Second Team nod was RPR senior John Schladweiler, a strong offensive player for the Renegades.
Rounding out the Second Team nominees was Park City junior Tristen Johnstone. Johnstone made big contributions to the Panther defense, taking on some of the most challenging assignments in not only the district, but also the state.
Two Stillwater County athletes received All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition – RPR senior Dylan Blodgett and Park City junior Austin Popp. Blodgett was a consistent player for the Renegades, and he took on a more prominent role as the season progressed. Popp was a reliable player under the basket for the Panthers, pulling in rebounds, and coming up with big shots during tournament time.
Both Reed Point-Rapelje and Park City found success this past season. The Renegades made it deep into the divisional tournament after finishing third at the 6C District Tournament. The Panthers finished second in the district, first in the division, and were one point short of competing in the state consolation game.