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Valley vs. Lapwai State Championship

Valley junior Zane Mussmann makes a layup during the 1A-DI state championship game Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.


Athlete of the week: Zane Mussmann, Valley

Mussmann averaged 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in three 1A Division I state tournament games over the weekend, leading the Valley boys basketball team to the second-place finish. The junior forward had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-45 win over Riverstone on Thursday to open the tournament. He then scored 22 points and grabbed 14 boards in each of the final two games: first in a 55-52 semifinal win over Ambrose, then in a 68-46 loss to Lapwai in Saturday’s title game.

Athlete of the week: Slade Dill, Dietrich

Dill finished a dominant season with three more stellar showings at this weekend’s 1A Division II state tournament. The senior tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds in the Dietrich boys basketball team’s 49-39 win over Mackay on Thursday. The Blue Devils lost to Genesis Prep in Friday’s semifinal game, but Dill had 28 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs. He also had game-highs in a 56-53 win over Tri-Valley for the third-place trophy. His 26 points and 15 boards in Saturday’s game left him with averages of 23 points and 14.7 rebounds per game in the tournament.

“Slade played three of the best games I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne Dill, Slade’s father and Dietrich’s head coach.

Dietrich vs. Genesis Prep state basketball

Dietrich senior Slade Dill dribbles past Genesis Prep junior Jacob Schutz on Friday, March 2, 2018, during the 1A-DII boys state basketball tournament at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian.


Past winter athletes of the week:

Week 1: Canyon Ridge’s Caitlin Crist and Declo’s Keegan Duncan

Week 2: Carey’s Porter Mecham and Gooding’s Grace Parker

Week 3: Lighthouse Christian’s Chloe Gomez and Burley’s Jace Whiting

Week 4: Dietrich’s Slade Dill and Twin Falls’ Morgan Harr

Week 5: Minico’s Taylia Stimpson and Camas County’s Trey Smith

Week 6: Minico’s Dallas Andrade and Oakley’s Rachael Mitton

Week 7: Lighthouse Christian’s Lauren Gomez and Twin Falls Christian Academy’s Elijah Bolyard

Week 8: Minico’s Regen Povlsen and Gooding’s Grace Parker

Week 9: Dietrich’s Kade Shaw and Oakley’s Makinlee Cranney

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Week 10: Burley’s Ryan Bagley and Declo’s Maddie Ramsey

Week 11: Canyon Ridge’s Caitlin Crist and Dietrich’s Slade Dill

Week 12: Oakley’s Jayden Palmer and Glenns Ferry’s Sage Wootan

Week 13: Minico’s Saydi Anderson and Kobe Matsen

Week 14: Buhl’s Kyra Azevedo and Murtaugh’s Pablo Miranda

Week 15: Burley’s Jemilynn Mahoney and Ryan Bagley

Week 16: Gooding’s Jake McGinnis and Jerome’s Ezekial Williamson

Editor’s note: This is the final edition of prep athletes of the week for the winter season. To nominate athletes for AOTW in the spring, email


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