Minder, Wolves earn all-league recognition
At the end of a season when wins were difficult to come by, the Coleville High girls basketball team found some consolation this week when the Western 1A all-league selections were announced.
Coleville (4-18 overall, 2-12 league) received the Sportsmanship Award and sophomore Pawahnee Minder was named to the second-team all-league list. Coach Will Sandy saw signs of improvement — in addition to winning the coveted Sportsmanship Award — that provide optimism for the future.
“Win-wise we had a horrible season, nevertheless, it was one of my most rewarding seasons,” said Sandy, a 1978 Coleville graduate who has been coaching at his alma mater since 1990. “We were very young, starting one freshman (Karla Gutierrez), three sophomores (Camille Childs, Mary Castellon and Minder), and one junior (three started at some point). They made amazing progress throughout the season and will all be back.”
Minder, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, averaged 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, plus she led the Wolves in assists (1.8) and steals (2.5) this season.
She represents a new generation of Minder family members who have been successful athletes at Coleville. Her father, Tim, was team MVP and an all-league player during his senior season in 1987 and her uncle, Shawn, played for Coleville’s 1989 Nevada state B championship team.
After graduating from Coleville, Tim Minder served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm and then returned home to coach Coleville’s boys team to a state tournament berth during the 1991-92 season.
Now, Sandy sees a bright future for Coleville’s girls team.
“All of the girls are very coachable and hard working and always continued to complete no matter how over matched they were,” Sandy said. “We were basically had a JV team playing a varsity schedule. We are all very excited about next season.”