Aspen High’s top senior athletes honored
The Aspen Times
Take a bow, seniors/graduates.
The Aspen High School senior student-athletes were honored recently at the annual Senior Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Conference Center in Snowmass Village.
Aspen seniors and their families were the center of attention in the Capitol Peak Ballroom, much like they were the focus of Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at the Benedict Music Tent.
Athletic director Carol Sams led the awards program that included special welcoming remarks from Aspen School Superintendent John Maloy.
AHS Principal Kim Martin closed the awards program that honored a record number of Aspen High School student-athletes.
The celebration included the presentation of the Aspen Times/Aspen High School Outstanding Male and Female Senior Athletes. The athletes are honored for academic excellence along with athletic excellence in at least two different sports.
The honorees are selected by the sports staff of The Aspen Times in conjunction with the staff of the AHS athletic department.
For 2013-14, two student-athletes were recognized in girls sports — Shannon Turbidy and Mary Landis.
Turbidy, an all-state lacrosse player, also was an all-conference volleyball player for the Aspen Skiers. She closed her AHS lacrosse career as the leading scorer in program history.
She will attend Georgetown University next year.
Landis, an all-conference basketball player, also played varsity tennis and volleyball for AHS.
She will attend the University of Colorado-Boulder.
On the boys side, the outstanding senior athletes were Max Marolt and Clayton Crawford.
Marolt, an honor student, lettered in four sports this academic year — soccer, alpine ski racing, cross country ski racing and baseball. He won all-state honors in skiing and was an all-league selection in baseball.
He’ll attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, next year and will play baseball.
Crawford, also an honor student, was all-state in two sports — basketball and golf. The four-year starter on the AHS baskeball team also qualified for the State Golf Championships all four years at AHS.
He’ll attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
A number of 2014 AHS graduates are slated to play college athletics in a variety of sports.
Kelcie Gerson will swim at Columbia University in New York. Classmate Max Bryant will swim at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Crawford will play golf at TCU, and his AHS golf teammate, Patrick Martin, will play golf at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Ryley Sutton will run track and cross country at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.
Dean Travers is set to alpine ski for Harvard.
Harry Woodrow of the AHS Class of 2014 is set to play football as a punter at Georgetown University. Marolt will play baseball at Trinity.
Hudson McNamee will ski race at Colby College in Maine.
Matthew Ferguson will play rugby at Dartmouth.
Sonja Gagen will ski at Clarkson University.
Other AHS grads also are contemplating college sports as possible walk-ons.
The annual awards banquet, which featured a keynote address from AHS alum Pat Callahan, an internationally recognized ski coach and a former NCAA ski racing champion.
Callahan shred his passion for sports with the AHS senior/graduates, including slides and tales from his current sporting passion — bicycle touring (48 states, three countries and counting).
The AHS athletic department also announced a record number of scholar-athletes for 2013-14.
These honorees lettered in two high school sports during their senior year and maintained a 3.0 grade-point average.
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