All-league soccer players recognized
The Aspen Times
The postseason girls soccer awards for the Class 3A Western Slope League were announced this week.
The conference coaches selected the all-conference players as well as the all-league honorable mention selections.
Aspen High School senior Annabelle Wilcox was voted to the all-league first team.
Teammates Sally McGuren and Katrina Klawiter, both seniors, were honorable-mention selections for 2013.
Shelly Briscoe, a Basalt High School senior, was voted to the all-league squad. Teammate Lindsay Corzine, also a senior, was named honorable mention.
“Annabelle will be sorely missed,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said of his senior captain. “She played hard; she gave it her all; she was very determined.”
He said Wilcox played hard start to finish, every game, every practice.
“She was the most coachable player that I’ve had here in 14 years,” Gillies said, adding that Wilcox wanted to learn more, to understand more.
“Then you would tell her, and she would go out and apply it,” Gillies said. “She was a great captain.”
He said Klawiter played a valuable role for the Skiers this season.
“She did a great job in the middle,” Gillies said, adding that the team had to move her to defense later in the year when the Skiers needed help there.
“She played through sickness. She’s tough. She’s an outstanding player,” Gillies said.
He added similar praise for McGuren, the Skiers’ versatile goalkeeper.
“Sally was fabulous this year,” he said of the senior, who was the Western Slope League player of the year in 2012.
She recorded an early streak of shutouts before allowing any goals.
“I think it was a curse of not conceding a goal for so many games,” Gillies said of a difficult stretch for the Skiers’ defense and their keeper.
“But then, in the last game, she was not going to let in any goals. She turned back four or five one-on-ones,” Gillies said.
League champion Coal Ridge led the all-league selections with five players named to the first team, including player of the year Rebecca Mitchell, a senior. Micah Herron, of Coal Ridge, was voted the coach of the year after leading the Titans to the Class 3A state semifinals this season.
Senior Kelsay Fauser and juniors Paige Ryan, Amanda Wenzel and Alicia Hampton were named to the all-league team from Coal Ridge.
Grand Valley’s all-league selections featured Ashlynn Speakman, Krya Chenoweth, Hanna Cornelius and Lauren Paskett.
Roaring Fork seniors Taylor Adams and Madison Handy were named to the All-Western Slope League Team.
Roaring Fork also had two honorable-mention selections, senior Toni Gross and junior Maddie Nieslanik.
Allie Ehlers and Jazmine Swinder, both juniors from Moffat County, were named to the squad.
Other all-league selections included Vail Mountain’ sAmy Sherman, Vail Christian’s Grace McGuckin and Rangely’s Simone Heinle.
Ella Johnson gave thought to the risk when she decided to close out her senior year at Glenwood Springs High School playing soccer and make a bid for another shot at the Class 4A state track meet podium finish.
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