Kappeli, Brence named league players of year
Basalt High senior Heather Kappeli and Aspen High junior Jeff Brence were named basketball players of the year in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
The two players led their respective teams to undefeated 10-0 records in 3A Western Slope League play and the league titles. Both Basalt and Aspen, however, faltered in the postseason, advancing as far as the Regional Tournament before getting knocked out of contention for the state tournament last weekend.
Fourth-year Basalt High coach, Debbie Cain, was named the coach of the year, having led her team to 3A Western Slope League Championship, a 3A Western Slope League District Tournament Championship, and a 22-2 overall record.
Several other players from the valley earned all-conference recognition.
The Basalt High girls placed three players on the all-conference team: junior point guard Molly McGrath, junior forward Stephanie Kemp, and Kappeli. Senior forward Megan Macuen and sophomore guard Mariah Mulcahy earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
The Aspen boys placed two players on the all-conference team: point guard Nick Farrell, the only sophomore named to the squad, and Brence. Senior center Blake Beyea, senior guard Duncan Delano, and senior forward Jared Kidd earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
The Basalt High boys placed two players on the all-conference team: senior shooting guard Jack Lutzeier and junior point guard Ki Mulcahy. Senior center Chris Keran earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
The Aspen High girls placed three players on the all-conference team: senior point guard Ellen Falender, the class 3A assists leader, senior shooting guard Cory Reno, and sophomore center Lizzie Suiter. Junior forward Zara Podolak earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
Roaring Fork High School players were also named to the all-conference team. For the girls, senior center Ren Udall earned all-conference recognition, as well as Autumn Caughern, the only freshman girl named to the first team. Jenna Nicholson earned honorable mention honors. For the Roaring Fork boys, senior Greg Williams, junior Levi Applegate and sophomore Arnold Hernandez earned honorable mention distinction.
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