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2 each from Vals, Vikings are B All-State hoops

by Daily Inter Lake
| March 15, 2023 11:55 PM

The Bigfork Valkyries and Vikings, who teamed up for a landmark State B girls basketball title and a third-place finish at the boys tournament, each put two players on the All-State team.

Sophomore Braeden Gunlock and freshman Paeten Gunlock sit atop the District 7-B all-conference team, which was released this week. The duo, which helped Bigfork to its first state championship over the weekend in Great Falls, made up half the All-State picks from the conference.

Also making All-State were senior Ellie Baxter of Thompson Falls and senior Kooper Page of Mission. They’re also first-team all-District 7-B along with sophomore Ava Davey and senior Scout Nadeau of the unbeaten Valkyries (26-0).

For the Vikings, seniors Isak Epperly and Nick Walker were All-State, along with senior guard Zoran LaFrombvois of Mission and senior forward Jesse Claridge of Thompson Falls.

Filling out the first-team boys were Braden Casazza of Eureka, a junior, and Eli Thorness if Bigfork, also a junior.

The complete honors teams are below:

All-District 7-B


First team

Braeden Gunlock,* so., G/F Bigfork

Ellie Baxter,* sr., G Thompson Falls

Paeten Gunlock,* fr., G Bigfork

Kooper Page,* sr., SG Mission

Ava Davaey, so., G Bigfork

Scout Nadeau, sr., P Bigfork

Second team — Chesney Lowe, sr., G, Thompson Falls; Avery Burgess, sr., F, Thompson Falls; Madison Chappuis, sr., F, Bigfork; Kason Page, so., PG, Mission; Cora Matt, P, fr., Mission; Carlie Wagoner, sr., F, Plains.

*-denotes All-State selection


First team

Isak Epperly,* sr., G Bigfork

Zoran LaFrombois,* sr., G Mission

Nick Walker,* sr., F Bigfork

Jesse Claridge,* sr., F Thompson Falls

Braden Casazza, jr., P Eureka

Eli Thorness, jr., F Bigfork

Second team — Bryce Gilliard, sr., G/F, Bigfork; Trent Truman, sr., G/P, Eureka; Kellen McClure, sr., G, Mission; Bryson LeCoure, so., G, Thompson Falls; Tristan Butts, jr., G, Eureka; Carmine Adams, sr., F, Mission.