Boys High School Basketball

Winners of the Treasure Valley athletes of the week (Feb. 25-March 3)

Highlights: Borah wins the 5A state basketball title

The Borah High boys basketball team beat Madison 62-50 to win the 5A state championship, a record 12th in program history.
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The Borah High boys basketball team beat Madison 62-50 to win the 5A state championship, a record 12th in program history.

Garden Valley’s Covy Kelly repeated as the Idaho Statesman’s boys basketball athlete of the week.

The sophomore guard earned 2,080 (72%) of the 2,907 votes cast in the online poll after leading the Wolverines to a state runner-up finish in 1A Division II. He broke a tournament scoring record with 38 points in the championship and scored 90 points in the three-game tournament (30 ppg), three points shy of that record.

Former Salmon River standout Leighton Vander Esch, now a standout linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, previously held both records.

Full results and bios of all the nominees are available below.

[Related: 5A SIC all-conference team | 4A SIC all-conference team | 3A-1A all-conference teams]

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  • Covy Kelly, Garden Valley: The sophomore guard led the Wolverines to a runner-up finish and set a 1A Division II state tournament scoring record with 38 points in the championship game. He finished the three-game tournament with 90 points (30 ppg) to finish three points shy of the overall tournament’s scoring record set by former Salmon River standout Leighton Vander Esch.
  • Ellis Magnuson, Borah: The senior point guard led the Lions to their 12th state championship, racking up 22 points and six assists in the finals. The Eastern Washington commit finished the 5A tournament averaging 16.3 points per game.
  • Dylan Krogh, Cole Valley Christian: The senior forward averaged 17.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals to lead the Chargers to the 2A third-place game, where they lost to Ririe.
  • Cooper Frith, Rocky Mountain: The junior guard averaged 17.3 points to lead the Grizzlies to the 5A consolation title, their fifth straight state tournament trophy.
  • Amoro Lado, Vallivue: The senior guard averaged 22.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists to lead the Falcons to the 4A third-place game, where they lost to Twin Falls.
  • Jake O’Neil, Fruitland: The senior forward averaged 14.0 points and 6.3 rebounds to lead the defending state champ to a runner-up finish in the 3A tournament.
  • Paul Yenor, Ambrose: The junior forward averaged a double-double of 14.3 points and 11.7 rebounds to lead the Archers to the consolation title in the 1A Division I tournament.

Boys basketball athlete of the week
Covy Kelly, Garden Valley
Ellis Magnuson, Borah
Dylan Krogh, Cole Valley Christian
Cooper Frith, Rocky Mountain
Amoro Lado, Vallivue
Jake O'Neil, Fruitland
Paul Yenor, Ambrose
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