All-league selections announced
The deep postseason runs made by area prep soccer and volleyball teams did not go unnoticed by Western Slope League coaches, as they bestowed postseason honors on a number of local high school sports standouts.
Two Aspen players were voted to the 3A WSL all-conference boys soccer team along with three players from Basalt.
Aspen senior Brendan Wynn, who finished second in the state in scoring this year after leading the state last season, was a repeat selection on the team.
In addition, Wynn was named the WSL’s co-player of the year after winning that honor outright last year. Wynn shared the honor this year with Ryan Dee of Eagle Valley.
Aspen’s Robinson on team
Joining Wynn and Dee on the all-conference team were Aspen’s Cory Robinson, a senior midfielder, and Mike Githens, Scott Lobben and Edwin Piper of Basalt. All three Longhorns are seniors.
Also named to the team from the valley were sophomore Andreas Mork of Colorado Rocky Mountain School and junior Jovanni Carter of Roaring Fork.
Vail Mountain’s Slade Cogswell and Aaron Vandeford and Battle Mountain’s Marc Gulizia and Cavin Havik rounded out the team.
Aspen and Basalt were also well represented on the honorable mention list with three players each. Seniors Michael Friedland and Bridger Smith and junior Duncan Delano received the honors for Aspen, and Basalt seniors Drew Schiller and Jeff Stevens and junior Mica Kentz were also cited for their play this season.
Warner Hopkins and Chris Wood of Roaring Fork joined the Aspen and Basalt players on the list, as did Battle Mountain’s James Stevenson and Hugh Wodlinger and Eagle Valley’s Brandon Kesler.
In Western Slope League 3A girls volleyball, two Aspen standouts and one player from Basalt were selected for the all-conference team.
Garnering the honors for the Lady Skiers were senior Jill Evans, who was selected despite missing nearly two weeks of the season with a knee injury, and sophomore Lacee Patterson. Patterson was one of only two sophomores named to the team.
Basalt senior Kate LaMaster made the team for the Lady Longhorns.
The rest of the team consisted of Devon Widner of Rangely, Nicole Stender and Lindsey Gray of league champion Olathe, Cori Curtis of Gunnison, Eagle Valley’s Allison Toomer, Peggy Smith of Hotchkiss, Cedaredge’s Brie Hotz, Stephanie Feldhaus of Battle Mountain and Paonia’s Patricia Roeber.
More honorable mentions
Aspen also placed two girls on the honorable mention list, a feat equaled by Roaring Fork. Basalt had one girl named to the list.
Cited for their play for Aspen were senior Julia Suiter and junior Jasmine Liddington. Roaring Fork’s April Prater, a junior, and sophomore Emily Markham were similarly honored, as was Basalt junior Heather Kappeli.
The rest of the honorable mention list was dominated by players from Olathe and Hotchkiss, which tied Aspen for second place in the league.
Olathe’s Rachel Van Berkum was named coach of the year.
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