A love OF THE GAME
Maddie Cone and Frankie Starz earn All Conference selection
Lone Peak High School basketball players exhibited both talent and tenacity against adversity during the 2019-2020 basketball season.
Freshman Lady Big Horns’ Maddie Cone and senior Big Horns’ Frankie Starz both achieved District 11C Second Team All Conference selection.
Approaching the end of his high school career, the achievement means a lot to Starz, as he has put many hours of hard work into the game over the years.
“I wish we would’ve won more games throughout my career, but the bond and friendships I’ve made with my teammates have made it all worthwhile,” he said. “From practice to bus rides it has been an amazing time.”
He also wanted to include a shoutout to coach John Hannahs for sticking with the team for the last five years.
“Frankie is one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure of coaching. He is an incredibly tough kid and his indomitable spirit coupled with his leadership were huge factors for us this season,” Hannahs said. “I am so proud that Frankie was able to make all conference in an incredibly competitive field of district players this season. There is no doubt he will be missed next year.”
Cone came from middle school to a starting position with the young but incredibly talented varsity Lady Big Horns.
She worked hard all summer to learn a new position – moving from playing guard to becoming starting post.
“The accomplishment itself is personally rewarding and made all the hard work I put in over the course of the season worth it,” she said. Expectations for the team were low at the beginning of the season, but they fought hard.
“What stood out to me was how hard we played and how competitive we were with the top teams in our conference. This tenacity combined with a year of experience has me very excited about our prospects for next season,” she said.
Assistant coach Kate Eisele said her dedication to the sport and willingness to transition are notable. Eisele describes Cone as a “tireless and fierce competitor” who is incredibly coachable and played a key role for the Lady Big Horns all season. She led the team in scoring and rebounding, and now owns the top four spots on the “game rebounds” records at LPHS.
Starz owns the distinction of second all time Big Horns basketball scorer with 835 points. He ranks third in made free throws, third in two point shots and fourth in three-point shots. He is number two in all time rebounds, number two in all time assists, and number three in all time steals, his 8th grade and freshman year coach Al Malinowski said.
“His career stats show how much of a complete player he was for the Big Horns. His role changed throughout the years, but he was always willing to do what the team needed for team success,” Malinowski said, before further explaining that Frankie played varsity as an 8th grader and his departure due to graduating is going to be a big change for the Big Horns next year.