Dayton, Hansen, Gilbert, and Erickson Win Southwest District Athlete of the Year Awards
The Southwest District Administrators have selected their Student-Athletes of the Year for 2021-22.
The award is presented to a senior male and female student-athlete in the 1A/2A and 3A/4A classifications. The criteria for selection include athletics achievement throughout high school (50%), academic achievement (35%), and community service/leadership (15%).
This year’s winners for 1A/2A are Kylee Dayton from Cokeville and Koye Gilbert of Encampment. The 3A/4A winners are Brice Hansen of Lyman and Mountain View’s Tanner Erickson.
Nominations were made by numerous coaches and ADs in the Southwest District. The selections were made by coaches who attended the Student-Athlete of the Year meeting and spoke on behalf of their nominations.
Dayton is a three-sport athlete at Cokeville High School. She was all-state last fall in volleyball for the Panthers and helped them finish second in Class 1A. She was all-state for the third time in her career on the basketball court and helped Cokeville take third place at the 1A state basketball tournament. She’s been all-state in track and field and is already pre-qualified for this year’s state track championships in three individual events and on one relay.
Gilbert is a three-sport athlete at Encampment High School. Gilbert was a two-time all-state 6-man football player for the Tigers. He helped them to a runner-up finish in the 2021 season. Gilbert was all-state in basketball for the 2021-22 season. He is also pre-qualified for this year’s state track meet in the two throwing events.
Hansen has been all-state three times in volleyball and basketball during her prep career. She helped the Lyman Eagles win the 3A volleyball state championship last fall and finish second at the 3A state basketball tournament. The defending 3A state champion in the discus, Hansen is already pre-qualified for the state track championships in that event.
Erickson was a two-time all-state runner in cross country. He finished second at the 3A State Cross Country Championships last fall. That helped Mountain View win the school’s first state title. Erickson is already pre-qualified for this year’s state track meet in three individual events and on one relay for the Buffalos.