Pirates nearly sweep awards

After winning a second consecutive Class 3A state football title, Moapa Valley captured four of the 3A Southern League’s top five awards.

Running back Brad Weiss, who rushed for a school-record 1,815 yards and 23 touchdowns, was named Most Valuable Player.

The Pirates also had the Coach of the Year (Brent Lewis), Defensive Player of the Year (Jake Pearce) and Lineman of the Year (Tyler Lomprey).

Virgin Valley running back/receiver Jonathan Gleave was the Offensive Player of the Year.

OLYMPIAN TO RUN WRESTLING CLINIC — Henry Cejudo, who became the youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling, will make an appearance at the Canyon Springs Invitational on Saturday.

Cejudo, 21, won the 55-kilogram gold at the 2008 Olympics. He will sign autographs from 9 a.m. to noon, then run a two-hour clinic after the meet.

GATORS WIN WRESTLING TITLE — Green Valley used an unlikely comeback to capture the A Division championship at the Clark Duals last weekend.

With six matches left, Green Valley trailed Spring Valley 39-6, meaning the Gators needed to win all of the remaining matches by pin to win.

Green Valley did that, with Mason Saldana (119), Cameron Imahara (125), Tony Simpson (130), Steven Berta (135), Daniel Allen (140) and Chris Felman (145) posting pins for a 42-39 Gators win.

Green Valley finished 7-1 in the tournament, with the loss a 39-36 decision to Spring Valley in pool competition.

Berta, Felman and 103-pounder Cory Brather each went 8-0 in the tournament.

1A FOOTBALL HONORS — Pahranagat Valley’s Taylor Poulsen and Brady Whipple shared the Class 1A Southern League Defensive Player of the Year award selected by league coaches.

The duo helped the Panthers capture the 1A state title with a 22-18 win over Tonopah.

Tonopah quarterback Scott Thibodeaux, who accounted for 40 touchdowns this fall, was the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Round Mountain’s Jim Swigart was Coach of the Year.

3A ALL-STATE SOCCER — Faith Lutheran’s boys soccer team led the award winners in the Class 3A All-State boys soccer team selected by the state’s coaches.

Crusaders forward Ryan Sniezyk, who scored 101 career goals, was named the state’s Offensive Player of the Year. Faith Lutheran coach Nate Hagge was named Coach of the Year.

On the girls side, Virgin Valley goalkeeper Jacque Olive was named Defensive Player of the Year. Faith Lutheran’s Sydney Spoon shared Offensive Player of the Year honors with Spring Creek’s Rebecca Paul. Pahrump Valley’s Greg Leeseberg was Coach of the Year.

2A VOLLEYBALL HONORS — Lincoln County’s Marissa Smerek was named the Class 2A Southern League MVP by league coaches.

Her coach, Ken Thornock, took the league’s coaching honor.

Kristyna Fong of The Meadows was the league’s Defensive Specialist of the Year.


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