PSHS girls singled out for academic, sport honors

The smart and talented young women of the Pagosa Springs High School girls’ basketball team received honors last week when star players and the team overall were recognized for both athletic and academic excellence.

As a team, the Pirates were recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) for their academic excellence during the school year. Known as “Academic Team Champions,” the girls were recognized for their team’s cumulative grade point average of 3.82 out of a possible 4.0 maximum, on a non-weighted grading scale.

The Pirates tied with Middle Park High School of Granby, Colo. for the 3A district Academic Team Champions.

“This is a heck of an accomplishment,” said Coach Wes Lewis. “It shows their dedication in the classroom as well as on the court.”

“I’m proud of them,” said PSHS Athletic Director Jim Shaffer. “The girls were outstanding all year long, not just at sports but in the classroom as well.”

For excellence on the court, senior Allison Hart was invited to play on the Colorado Coaches of Girl’s Sports All-State team (the game was played March 22). Hart also received all-conference honorable mention for the Intermountain League, while teammates sophomores Mary Brinton and Breezy Bryant were selected as IML all-conference players of the year.

“I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Lewis said, “These girls really deserved it.”

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The Pirate girls’ basketball team placed first in the Colorado 3A division as Academic All-State players, with a 3.82 cumulative team GPA. Pictured back row, left to right: Courtney Guilliams, Magan Kraetsch, Mary Brinton, Megan Bryant, Shelby Stretton and Allison Hart. Front: Sienna Stretton, Brooklynn DuCharme, Breezy Bryant and Victoria Espinosa.

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Pirate girls basketball standouts (left to right) Allison Hart, Mary Brinton and Breezy Bryant were recognized for their talents recently. Hart was invited to play on the Colorado Coaches of Girl’s Sports All-State team March 22 (and was the leading scorer with 21 points) and was named to the Intermountain League All-Tournament Team. Brinton and Bryant were named to the Intermountain League First Team with Hart given Honorable Mention in the IML.