Aspen lax players: Academic All-Americans
The Aspen Times
Two Aspen High School boys lacrosse players earned Academic All-American honors this season.
Henry Godfrey and Jonathan Wells of the Skiers were recognized for the combined academic/athletic national honor Thursday night at the annual Froelicher-Toll All-State Lacrosse Games in Denver.
The two Aspen lacrosse standouts were honored between the 4A and 5A all-star games at All-City Stadium.
Colorado had 11 Academic All-Americans this season and 12 field All-Americans.
Wells and senior teammate Zach Storm were selected to play in the 4A all-state game.
Wells was selected as a midfielder; Storm was selected for defense.
They were part of the Aspen boys second-half surge into the playoffs after a midseason coaching change. They also played on Aspen’s state championship team in 2015.
Wells led the Skiers with 58 points. He scored 30 goals with 28 assists.
Godfrey had 31 goals and 17 assists for the 9-7 Aspen boys.
The Aspen players were selected for the All-Stars Red team for the 4A game.
They were coached by Jerry Nichols of Battle Mountain and Pete Devlin of state runner-up Alexander Dawson.
Battle Mountain players on the squad included Kevin Nichols, Sawyer Nesterode and Zane Hanzel. Zach Johnson, an attackman from Glenwood Springs, was named to the 4A Red team.
Jordan Gorr of Steamboat Springs, and Luke Verratti and Tyler Hancock of Vail Mountain School also were selected for the game.
The Red squad also included players from Alexander Dawson, Cheyenne Mountain, Thompson Valley, Kennedy, Lutheran and Green Mountain.
The opposing Blue team in 4A was coached by John Grant of state-champion Valor Christian along with Matt Thomas of Englewood.
The team included Jake Thornally, Nate Renfrew and Trevor Perkey of Air Academy, the team that ended Aspen’s run in the state playoffs.
The Blue squad featured other players from Valor Christian, Windsor, Englewood, Conifer, St. Mary’s, Golden, Denver South and Littleton.
Drew Williamson of Steamboat Springs also played on the Blue team in the 4A game.
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