By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School junior Jaymie Bernbeck has been named the 2013-14 All-Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in a selection made by the five league coaches.
Bernbeck, a 5-11 junior forward, averaged more than 17 points this past season in helping the Lady Buffs to a 13-9 season record and a runner-up finish in the Class 6A sub-state to eventual state runner-up Maize High.
Senior Taryn Tempel also was named to the first team, which is comprised of five players.
On the boys side, 6-5 junior forward Caleb Tramp was one of five players named to the first team after averging nearly 12 points and 6 rebounds for the 13-9 Buffs, who lost in the 6A sub-state finals to Wichita North.
Seven GCHS wrestlers from the Buffs' Class 6A state championship team also were honored with first team selections to the all-WAC squad.
That group included Efrain Sanchez (106), Michael Prieto (113), Alec Castillo (132), Tevin Briscoe (138), Chris Adler (145), Zac Finch (160) and Montana Fuller (285). Prieto and Briscoe repeated as Class 6A state champions.
Tristan Nanninga and Tionnia McKee, both seniors, were honorable mention selections to the WAC boys and girls basketball squads.
Jesse Nunez, Sammy Reyes and Benny Hernandez were honorable mention picks to the wrestling team. Carlos Prieto won Coach of the Year honors in wrestling while guiding the Buffs to the WAC title, and regional and state championships for the second straight season.
Brady Werth of Hays was the boys basketball player of the year and his coach, Rick Keltner, was named boys coach of the year. Great Bend's Carrie Minton won the girls coach of the year honor in leading the Lady Panthers to the league title and a state tournament Class 5A fourth-place finish.