2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: REAGAN YAMAUCHI, SODA SPRINGS
Why she is player of the year: One constant in Soda Springs’ dynasty was Yamauchi. The 5-foot-7 senior point guard led the Cardinals to an 80-7 record since starting as a freshman, including 53 straight wins and back-to-back state titles to close her career. She averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds as a senior.
Coach’s comment: “(She) could easily be considered one of the best point guards in the state. The bigger the stage, the better she performed,” Soda Springs coach Wade Schvaneveldt said.
What others are saying: “She does everything well, but she is unmatched in her ability to control the game. She’s the consummate winner,” Aberdeen coach Ryan Wahlen said.
What’s next: She is weighing offers from several community colleges.
JORDI HOLDAWAY, WEST JEFFERSON
A repeat first-team selection, the 5-8 senior point guard remained an explosive threat on both ends of the court. She led the Panthers in points (16.1 per game), rebounds (8.1) and steals (4.5). She also tallied 2.9 assists.
SADIE GRONNING, SODA SPRINGS
The junior makes the All-Idaho first team for the second time. The 5-7 guard led the state champs with 17.2 points per game and has already topped 1,100 career points. She added 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists a night.
SHAWNEE SIMPSON, MALAD
The 6-1 senior forward leaves the Dragons with her name all over the program’s record books and as a two-time, first-team selection. The 4.0 student racked up 23.9 points and 11.7 rebounds a game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor.
EMMA CLARK, MELBA
The future Northwest Nazarene two-sport athlete wrapped her career by leading the Mustangs to the finals. She averaged 13.7 points, 6.5 steals and 5.4 assists and is the program’s all-time leader in all three categories (1,260 points, 524 steals, 382 assists).
COACH OF THE YEAR: WADE SCHVANEVELDT, SODA SPRINGS
After winning back-to-back titles and 53 straight games, he repeats as coach of the year.
11.1 ppg, 5.0 reb, 3.2 ast
14.0 ppg, 9.1 reb, 2.4 stl
11.8 ppg, 3.8 reb, 3.8 stl
9.6 ppg, 5.6 reb
14.5 ppg, 6.7 reb, 3.4 stl