The Sun Valley High School Spartans Men’s Lacrosse team made the following announcements recently.
The Spartans had a solid season when compared to the previous recent campaigns. The team made excellent progress in a very tough and highly competitive Class 3A division. Their overall record was a espectable 7-9, with a 5-4 record at home and 2-5 away on the road.
With key players like senior attacker Ryan Mannarino, Ethan Blount on offense, midfielders Jack Wilton and senior Anthony Meeks, Jacob Gravely, Hunter Gutelius on defense and goalkeeper Andrew Norris who made an impact this season the future is beginning to look much brighter for the Spartans.
This program has been a rebuilding endeavor for the coaching staff. They have had to show some patience as the team began the season with not much expected from these Spartans by sports writers and MaxPreps. However, the players and coaches knew they were much improved which may have taken some pressure off their shoulders. When the season progressed this team proved to be very competitive and surprised some stronger and more established opponents with higher expectations and ambitions.
The players are expected to work hard this summer and in the fall to continue to improve their skills, conditioning, and strength training in preparation for the 2019 season. The following players and coaches were selected to conference and regional recognition.
Erik Gundersen – All Conference 14 Lacrosse, Assistant Coach of the Year, Ryan Mannarino , 1st Team All-Conference, and All Western Region Honorable Mention, Ethan Blount, 2nd Team All-Conference, Jack Wilton, Anthony Meeks, 2nd Team All-Conference, Jacob Gravely, Hunter Gutelius, 2nd Team All- Conference Defense, Shawn Kelly, Honorable Mention Defense, Andrew Norris, Honorable Mention, Nick Phillips, Honorable Mention.
Individual Team Awards went to Ryan Mannarino MVP, Andrew Norris Most Improved, Matt Hill Coaches Award, Harrison Slaughter Junior Varsity MVP, Thomas Lane Junior Varsity Most Improved.