Sterling Athletes Win Post-Season Awards – Sterling Journal-Advocate
After an incredibly strong season that saw the Sterling boys’ basketball earn third place overall in Class 3A, the Tigers are now reaping the recognition for all their hard work.
Senior Jackson Keil, who was arguably one of the best players in all of Class 3A, won the All-Conference First Team alongside junior Ryder McConnell and senior Dylan DiOrio. Senior Bray Swenson and junior Ben Browning made their way to the second team.
Keil led his boys with 22.1 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game. McConnell added 13.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.0 apg, while DiOrio contributed 8.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3.3 apg. Browning and Swenson’s strengths lay in their scoring ability, as Browning scored 7.9 ppg and Swenson rounded out the top five teams with 7.7 ppg.
The Tiger Boys finished their season with an astonishing 24-3 record and second in the Patriot League.
On the women’s side, junior Jalyssa Maker battled her way to the conference’s second all-star team by averaging almost a double-double. Even though her Tiger daughters went 6-14 throughout the season, she stood out for her ability to drop 10.6 points per game and drop 9.4 rebounds per game.
Senior Casteus Combs and junior Manny Renteria earned their spot on the all-conference second team, even though Combs won a state championship in his 152-pound weight class and finished his season with an astonishing record of 42-3. Renteria qualified for the 3A State Tournament but pulled out after two matches in the 106-pound weight class. Despite this early exit, he still impressed all year with a 22-8 final record.
If the winter sports season has proven anything, it’s that talent abounds among the athletes at Sterling High School and every athlete should be proud of the accomplishments he or she has achieved.