Athletes of the Week
For the ladies, our athlete of the week was nominated by one of her teammates who built a strong case and gave a very professional appeal for Dalli Peterson, a five foot seven sophomore. Valier's scoring leader, Mariah Stoltz told us that Peterson was thrown into a starting role at the last minute and "did an amazing job". In a key 10C District matchup against Heart Butte, the numbers were comparable to an experienced veteran, 12 points, 14 rebounds and one blocked shot. Valier girls head coach Robert Swanson said that was quite a bit more than he was expecting. In the Power game, Peterson had just two points, but ten rebounds. As Stoltz put it "An amazing job under pressure," and Coach Swanson says, she may get to start again.
Male athlete of the week honors go to CJI's six foot one senior Troy Harmon who had two very strong performances in the Hawks' loss to Box Elder and then the buzzer-beating victory over Hays-Lodgepole the next night. With 17 points and ten rebounds in the Box Elder game and then 24 points and ten rebounds in the Hays game, which CJI won on a last second shot by Cory Richter to win it 64/63. Hawks head coach Spencer Sartori says Harmon was the one who got the assist and made that last shot possible. CJI was down by 17 in the third quarter and never had a lead until that last shot. He said it was definitely one of the "better games the boys have played with adversity". Harmon was also huge in the fourth quarter hitting four of five three pointers during the comeback run.