Stangel named to first team

Written by Casey Kellas, The Observer April 12, 2013 10:02 am

by CASEY KELLAS / The Observer 

Enterprise’s Marta Stangel wrapped up a stellar career by being named to the 2A all-state first team this week.

Stangel averaged 10.2 points per game, 11.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.1 steals in guiding the Outlaws to the best record in the Blue Mountain Conference.

She is the second Enterprise girls basketball player to be named a first-team all-state player since the Outlaws joined the Blue Mountain Conference. The other was Tricia O’Leary in 2009.

“Marta brought a different intensity (to basketball),” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. 

“She is blessed with more skills than the average player. She was a leader, she’s intelligent. She has all the intangibles that make her so good.

“It was a special year for her. She deserved this.”

Crawford admitted that Stangel’s departure due to graduation will be a big loss for his squad.

But it’s nothing the long-time coach hasn’t dealt with before.

“There’s no doubt we can’t replace her,” Crawford said. “We won’t have that girl who can pull down the rebound, handle the ball and all that. We’ll just have a different look to us next year.”

Stangel’s teammate, Hayley Riggs, a junior, was named to the all-state’s second team. 

Riggs averaged 13.2 points per game this season and 3.6 steals.

“Hayley was also a driven player,” Crawford said. “She was offensively driven and has zero fear. She’s got another year to go. She’s already focused on what she needs to get done (this offseason). She’ll be a solid force next year.”

Other BMC players who received all-state recognition include Heppner’s Baily Bennett (second team), Pilot Rock’s Caitlyn Zyph (honorable mention) and Weston-McEwen’s Molly von Borstel (honorable mention).