Aspen boys lax: All-state, all-league honors
The Aspen Times
The record-setting season continues for the Aspen High School boys lacrosse team.
The Skiers, who reached the Class 4A state semifinals en route to a record-setting 15-3 overall record, collected a bevy of postseason honors this week — all-conference awards and all-state recognition.
Eight different Skiers were honored by the coaches in the Mountain League for their play this season.
Five players from the Aspen boys lacrosse team were voted to the All-Mountain League first team. Three others were voted to the all-league second team by the conference coaches.
Aspen players voted to the first team: Tyler Tick, John Heaphey, Jordy Cottrell, Ryan Fitzgerald and Connor Peirce. All are juniors.
The all-conference second-team representatives for the Skiers are Harry Ferguson, Matt Sovich and Zach Storm. Sovich is a senior; Ferguson is a junior; and Storm is a sophomore.
“John Heaphey and Tyler Tick also were selected to play in the … all-state game (today) in Denver,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “They’ll have a chance to play with other all-state players.”
This is the second year in a row the Skiers will be represented at the all-state game by two players.
Heaphey is a midfielder and one of the prolific scorers for the Skiers this season. He scored 38 goals and added 26 assists for a total of 64 points for the AHS boys.
Tick, who scored in overtime to give Aspen a win at Battle Mountain in the state quarterfinals, totaled 92 points this season. He potted 71 goals and added 21 assists — the top scorer in Class 4A lacrosse.
Both Heaphey and Tick are repeat all-conference honorees. Tick was designated for all-league honors in football last fall.
Heaphey, meanwhile, was the all-conference kicker for the AHS football team. And Heaphey was named to the all-conference soccer team last fall.
Fitzgerald helped power the Aspen offense this year with 63 goals and 23 assists. He, too, is a repeat all-league selection. Fitzgerald last fall led the conference in rushing and was named to the all-state football team.
Aspen’s Ferguson, named to the lacrosse all-league second team, led the state in assists this season with 43. He also scored 23 goals for the Skiers.
Several players familiar to the Skiers were named to the all-state squad in voting from the coaches statewide.
Attackmen John Roach and Dima Markarov of Wheat Ridge were first-team all-staters. Wheat Ridge, the 2013 state champion, defeated Aspen 12-7 in last week’s state semifinals. Roach and Markarov were involved in nine of the Wheat Ridge goals.
Wheat Ridge lost to Ponderosa 13-11 in last weekend’s Class 4A state lacrosse championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Wheat Ridge goalie Jensen Makarov also was voted to the all-state first team along with teammates Zach Hall (midfield), Cody Bartusiak (defense), Caleb Cerf (defense) and Benny Pachello (midfield).
Battle Mountain of the Mountain League had goalie Zach Trombetta named to the all-league first team.
Steamboat Springs, another Mountain League state qualifier, had attackman Ben Wharton voted to the all-state first team.
Mitch McCannon of the Sailors also was a first-team all-state selection.
Steamboat’s Michael Wong and Kaleb Vanarsdale were second-team all-state picks.
Steamboat also reached the state semifinals this year before falling to eventual state champion Ponderosa 17-13.
Battle Mountain faceoff specialist Rio Garton was an honorable mention all-state pick for the Huskies this season.
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