The NIAA awards for last season were handed out last week for the 3A North and the state, as well as the most valuable player and coach of the year.
Lowry’s Ridge Ricketts was the only Buckaroo nominated, getting a second-team nod from the leagues coaches. Ricketts batted .432 with three home runs, 22 RBI’s, and he stole 14 bases.
Truckee’s Derek Laferriere was named the 3A North Most Valuable Player and his coach JR Murphy was the Coach of the Year.
The Wolverines also landed the most players on the first-team all-league squad, with Deacon Mehler, Timmy Reeve, Shane Poe, Spencer Edmondson, and Marcus Bellon getting the honor. Spring Creek’s Max Shanks, Brock Gilligan, and Jay King, Churchill County (Fallon) had Edgar Alvarado and Sean McCormick, Colby Tiner and Cooper Jones from Elko, and Dayton’s Jake Madson rounded out the first-team.
Joining Ricketts on the second-team were Hayden Strasdin, Shaw Lee, and Brenden Larsen from Churchill County (Fallon), Fernley’s Mason Timbrook, James Huckaby, and Kyle Heimbruch, South Tahoe’s Kevin Lehman and Cameron Johnson, Truckee’s Tyler Estabrook, Kohl McIntosh from Elko, Justin Schmidt from Dayton, and North Valleys’ Clay Parry.
The Bucks were 10-17 last season and just missed out on the playoffs.
They hit .320 as a team, with nine homers, 135 RBI’s, and 66 stolen bases.
Truckee took the state championship last year, with Coach JR Murphy earning State Coach of the Year.
The all-state first-team was comprised of Truckee’s Laferriere, Poe, and Edmondson, Gilligan from Spring Creek, Jones from Elko, and McCormick from Churchill County (Fallon).
Second-team all-state went to Mehler and Bellon from Truckee, Spring Creek’s Shanks and King, Tiner from Elko, Alvarado from Churchill County (Fallon), and Madson from Dayton.