Skiers win all-conference honors |

Skiers win all-conference honors

Dale Strode

The Aspen Skiers capped another playoff season in girls soccer with six players honored by the conference coaches.

Three Skiers were named to the all-league team of the 3A Western Slope League. And three other Skiers were listed as all-league honorable mention selections.

The Skiers this season finished second in the Western Slope League and advanced to the state playoffs, where their season ended against Denver Lutheran 4-2 last weekend.

The AHS all-conference selections include a senior, a sophomore and a freshman.

Aspen freshman Lacee Patterson was voted to the all-league team by the coaches of the 3A Western Slope League. Repeat selection She is joined on the all-league team by repeat selection Ellen Falender, a sophomore. Falender suffered an injury late in the season and was unavailable for the Skiers’ playoff match against Lutheran.

In addition, senior Ashley White was named to the all-league team for the second year.

Seniors Whitney Gordon and Courtney Brinkerhoff and junior Amber Matthews, all of Aspen, were named all-conference honorable mention for the Skiers. Brinkerhoff also suffered an untimely injury and missed the AHS playoff contest.

Basalt, the regular-season WSL champion, landed three players on the all-league team, led by co-player of the year Ambere Cunningham.

Cunningham, the league’s leading scorer, is only a junior.

Basalt Meaghan Dever also was named to the all-league team along with fellow senior Michelle Kettler. Coach of the year In addition, Basalt coach Pat Hartigan was selected as the conference coach of the year for 1999.

Hartigan and the Longhorns reached the state playoffs and started the postseason with a 9-0 win over Pueblo West.

Last week in the first-round of state, Basalt lost to perennial power St. Mary’s Academy of Englewood 5-0.

Battle Mountain sophomore Christina Aiello was named all-league and she shared player-of-the-year honors with Basalt’s Cunningham.

Sarah Baskins, a junior, and Whitney Hopkins, also a junior, also made the all-league team for Battle Mountain.

Roaring Fork’s multipurpose Megan Pluger was named to the all-league team for the third consecutive season. She was one of the league’s top goalkeepers. And she also saw duty as a position player for the upstart Rams.

Eagle Valley’s Brandie Yiek rounded out the all-league first team.

The honorable mention list included three Basalt players – Natalie Hood (freshman), Stephanie Kemp (freshman) and Megan Macuen (sophomore).

Three Battle Mountain players joined them: senior Larissa Felli, junior Kristen Johnson and senior Jackie Pirog.

Lindsay Plant and Janae DeLost of Roaring Fork also were on the honorable mention list. Plant is a junior and DeLost is a senior.

Megan Colby, a junior from Eagle Valley, and Olathe’s Jade Brown (sophomore) and Daina Stevens (senior) rounded out the honorable mention picks for the year.

Both Basalt and Battle Mountain advanced into the first round of the state playoffs.

While the Longhorns lost to St. Mary’s Academy, Battle Mountain lost 2-1 to perennial power D’Evelyn.

Aspen and Roaring Fork both lost in the Regionals. Roaring Fork lost 2-1 to D’Evelyn, the same team that eliminated Battle Mountain a week later.

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