Basalt, Aspen football recognized on WSL teams
After winning its first league title in more than 30 years, the Basalt High School football team came up big winners again in the Class 2A Western Slope League postseason honors.
The Longhorns brought in three big WSL prizes, including Carl Frerichs winning the coach of the year. Senior quarterback Miles Levy was named the “Skill Player of the Year” and senior Cullen White the “Lineman of the Year.” Both Levy and White — also named to the 2A WSL first team — will get to play in the all-state game in the spring.
Both were key pieces in the Longhorns going 7-3 in the fall, including a 5-0 mark in league play, before a first-round loss to D’Evelyn in the state playoffs. It was their first playoff appearance since 2012.
“My senior leadership and the team chemistry, I think, is what made us have a successful season,” Frerichs said. “I’ve been doing this quite a while, and it’s hard to find a team that close, that works so hard and does everything you ask and we really had that team chemistry this year.”
Joining Levy and White on the WSL first team are senior receiver Kyle Roberts, junior TE/DE Raul Torres, junior RB/LB Alex Alberto and sophomore LB Trevor Reuss.
The Longhorns also had six players named 2A WSL honorable mention: junior lineman Oswaldo Morales, junior lineman Thomas Wirth, sophomore lineman Jake Reuss, sophomore RB Colin Hipona, sophomore LB Tai Kim and junior DB Griffen Jenkins.
The Aspen High School football team, which went 2-7 in its first season under coach Karson Pike, had six players receive WSL honors. Making first team are senior lineman James Kistner, junior quarterback R.J. Peshek and sophomore WR/DB Noah Hollander. Making honorable mention for the Skiers are junior lineman Finn Allen, sophomore WR/DB Ben Appleby and freshman skill player Max Ufkes.
Voting for all-state honors is currently ongoing.
The Basalt High School football team only needed one half to put away visiting Grand Valley on Friday night, winning 42-6 in the league opener on a wet BHS field. It was also homecoming for the Longhorns.