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April 6, 2013

Alva’s Smith is girls All-NW COY

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In his eighth year leading the Lady Goldbugs — he coached boys a year apiece at Dover and Lomega beforehand — Smith took Alva to its first state tournament since 2006, and to its first state championship game since 2004. The Lady Goldbugs last won in 2003, when they still were in Class 3A. 
The trip was a dream for freshman Jaden Hobbs, but she wasn’t happiest for herself or even her teammates. 
“Now that it’s coming true, I’m speechless,” Hobbs said after scoring 33 in Alva’s state semifinal win against Dale. “I’m incredibly happy for me, and my team, and my family, and especially my coach.”
So Smith, often an intense sideline presence during games, knows how hard to push to gain the adoration of his team. 
“Hopefully because they know how hard this coaching staff works,” Smith said. “We worked hard all year watching tape and getting gameplans together ... I’m pretty fiery, and I demand a lot from our kids, and I think they respond to that.”
The response may only be getting started. 
Alva started three sophomores and a freshman in 2012-13. The team’s only starting upperclassman, senior Jayna Hadwiger, missed substantial time during the regular season with an illness, and the Lady Goldbugs still finished 25-5 on the season. Among next year’s returners are Hobbs, one of the state’s most potent scorers even as a freshman, as well as solid juniors-to-be Morgan Shiever, Bailey Forell and Lora Riley, who started the title game. Kally Gordon, another sophomore who started in place of Hadwiger, also will return. 
“Those are some big shoes to fill in Jayna’s spot, but I think we can do that,” Smith said. “I hope so. Right now, we’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do this summer and hopefully play some really good competition and get better and better.” 
Stay tuned. Smith’s first-time coaching honor may not be his last. l

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