Season to remember
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Head Coach Matt Smith coaches his team up in front of a packed house. Times File
Head Coach Matt Smith coaches his team up in front of a packed house. Times File

GHS Boys Basketball — 2020 may not be the year many want to remember in the sports world.

That doesn’t apply to the Gunnison High School (GHS) basketball team, which had a historic 2019-20 season. Winning 21 games, while also winning the Western Slope League (WSL) regular season and district titles, they recently added a few more awards to their trophy case.

Five players were recognized by the WSL — Hunter Wood, Braden Wood, Aidan Hulbert, Pascual Lerma and Quentin Richter — and head coach Matt Smith was awarded his first ever WSL Coach of the Year award.

Hunter Wood led the way one last time for the Cowboys, earning WSL Player of the Year, while also being chosen for the Class 3A All-State Second Team.

“The player of the year award was something that I had worked hard for in the off season and grinded for in the regular season,” said Wood. “With the All-State award, I told my coaches it was something I was aiming for at the beginning of the year, and for all that work to pay off and to get named to that team, it’s definitely a blessing.”

Braden Wood and Hulbert also had impressive seasons — and will be returning next year — both being named to the All-WSL First Team.

“It felt awesome,” said Hulbert on winning the award. “I wasn’t expecting the award but it has been a big goal of mine to receive it because my brother did too. I’m very proud of the awards our team received this season.”

Rounding out the list of awards for GHS are Lerma and Richter, who both earned All-WSL Honorable Mention and similar to Hunter Wood, played in their final game as Cowboys on Saturday, March 7, against Sterling, in the 3A state tournament.

“Receiving an All-WSL honorable mention felt good,” said Richter. “I feel proud to be able to say that I contributed to the season we had.”