GOING FOR THE GOLD — Colton Myers, pictured, was named a second-team all-star for West Valley boys varsity basketball. Photo by David DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — After winning their first playoff game in five years, against Panama, the West Valley boys varsity basketball team loss, against Sherman, ended their season. Seven senior players played their last game as basketball players, at West Valley.
“This is a group I will especially miss,” said Coach Jason Kearney. “I started my varsity coaching career three years ago, and I brought four of these seniors up to the varsity team, as sophomores, and have been the core of our team, for three years now.”
Senior forward Dylan Westfall was given the “Will to Win” award, for the team. Westfall scored 108 points, in his senior year, and led the team in rebounding, pulling down 138. He has 406 rebounds, in his varsity career.
“Dylan won the award for our team [due to] his determination and will to give his all, and do whatever is necessary, for the team, and for the win, both on and off the court, but also in games and practices,” Kearney added, of the athlete’s qualifications.
The Wildcats boys varsity team won the sportsmanship award for their division. Senior Marcus Enser was the Wildcats representative. That athlete was also an all-Western New York scholar athlete. To qualify for the recognition, Enser had to be a senior, have an overall grade point average of 90 or above, for six semesters, as well as be a starter or a key reserve. Enser finished his career with 28, 3-pointers. Alex Fuller was given an honorable mention, for the same award.
Taking home second team all-star recognition was senior guard Mike Grigsby. Grigsby was West Valley’s leading scorer, ranking up 222 points, this season, including 28, 3-pointers. The three-year starter finished his career with 465 points and 56 3-pointers. His senior season earned him a spot in the Exceptional Senior Game in Olean, this year.
Grigsby hit two memorable shots, this season, according to Coach Kearney. With the Wildcats down by 4, with seconds left against Gowanda, Grigsby hit a 3, and was fouled in the process. He hit the ensuing free throw, to tie the game, and send the game into overtime. His other shot came in the playoff game, against Panama. With seconds left, again, Grigsby hit a 3-pointer, at the buzzer, to send the game into overtime. The Wildcats prevailed, from there.
Fellow senior guard, Colten Myers, was also selected as a second team all-star. Myers finished with 219 points on the season and finished his varsity career with 490. Myers ranked up 94 steals, this season, which not only led this league in steals, but he led Cattaraugus County and trailed one athlete in all of Section VI.
Myers was the team’s co-most valuable player, along with Grigsby. He was also chosen to play in the Exceptional Seniors game.
“Colton has been a huge part of our team, for the past three years, and had one of his best games, if not his best game, in our playoff win against Panama, with 26 points and a determination not to lose,” Kearney said, of the athlete. “I haven’t seen [that] in many kids I have ever coached.”
West Valley qualified as a scholar athlete team, with a cumulative, team GPA that came in higher than 90.