Four Grizz earn all-conference honors

Three Rocky Mountain High School seniors and one junior were named all-conference following the state basketball tournament March 3-5 in Casper.

Receiving 2A Northwest all-conference honors were seniors Travis Banks and Cole Wambeke and junior Cole Simmons. Honorable mention honors went to senior Cordell McFarlane.

Selected for the 2016 Northwest 2A All-Conference boys basketball team were (l-r) Cordell McFarlane (honorable mention), Cole Wambeke, Travis Banks and Cole Simmons. David Peck photo
Selected for the 2016 Northwest 2A All-Conference boys basketball team were (l-r) Cordell McFarlane (honorable mention), Cole Wambeke, Travis Banks and Cole Simmons.
David Peck photo

Banks led the Grizzlies in rebounding, pulling down 4.4 caroms per game. He also tied for the team lead in assists at 2.3 per game and was third on the team in scoring, averaging 6 points per game.

“Travis was an undersized big man that played a lot of four and five against bigger guys,” coach Michael Simmons said, “but he made up for it with a good work ethic and by doing the little things that sometimes don’t appear in the stats.

“We saw a glimpse of what he was capable of doing last year, and this year he had to do it in most games. Travis averaged 25.6 minutes per game, which was second on the team. Good things happened when he was on the floor.”

Wambeke led the Grizzlies in scoring this season, averaging 13.5 points per game, and he also averaged 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

“Like Travis, he did some great things for us last year at the varsity level and came back this year needing to do it every night,” Simmons said. “When he was hot he was as good a shooter as I saw in the state. He drew a lot of attention.

“He’s a pure shooter. He likes to catch and shoot and is able to get to the free-throw line. He had 106 attempts and shot 82 percent. Even when he was cold he was able to get to the free-throw line.”

Cole Simmons was second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, tied for first on the team.

“Last year he was one of the five starters, and at times this year the other teams treated him as ‘the one,’” coach Simmons said. “He did some good things and was fairly consistent for us this year in points, rebounds and assists.”

McFarlane had success on the football field and that carried over to the basketball court, Simmons said. He was also a hard-nosed defender who often had to guard the opposing team’s top guard.

“We let him run around and create havoc,” Simmons said. “He’s a quick, physical guard. As the season progressed he hit some big shots for us, even from
19 feet.”

By David Peck