Aspen, Basalt High represented on all-state teams for spring sports
After its historic run to the state semifinals this spring, the Aspen High School girls soccer team had a pair of players named first team all-state in Class 3A when the teams were released Tuesday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Senior midfielder Chelsea Moore and freshman forward Kelley Francis earned the honors, while Basalt High School sophomore Emma Day also made first team.
Moore, who will cross-country ski at Dartmouth in the winter, was the 3A Western Slope League’s player of the year and led the Skiers in both assists and steals. Francis re-wrote the AHS record book during her freshman year when she scored 32 goals to break the program’s single-season scoring mark. Both players were vital in getting Aspen to the 3A semis for the first time in school history, where they lost 1-0 to eventual state champion Jefferson Academy.
Jefferson Academy’s Denise Sutton was named the 3A coach of the year, while Jaguar junior standout Mira Houck was named the 3A player of the year.
Day led the Longhorns in points this spring, finishing in a tie with freshman Delaney Card with 20 goals. Basalt’s season ended in the second round with a 3-0 loss to eventual state runner-up Kent Denver.
Roaring Fork’s Emily Broadhurst earned second team all-state honors in 3A, while Aspen sophomore Maeve McGuire garnered honorable mention honors.
In Class 4A, Glenwood Springs High School senior Devan McSwain earned first team recognition, while senior teammate Eryn Peterson was named to the second team and junior Julia Mulhall honorable mention.
Moore and Francis weren’t the only Skiers named first team all-state this spring, as senior lacrosse player R.J. Peshek was given the honor when the teams were announced May 25. Peshek, who will play football at Bryant University in Rhode Island, helped get Aspen to the Class 4A state semis for the first time since winning the 2015 state title.
AHS senior Finn Allen was named second team all-state for lacrosse, and sophomore Trey Fabrocini honorable mention. The AHS girls lacrosse team didn’t have anyone named all-state.
In the all-state baseball teams released Wednesday, Aspen senior Jamison Fuentes, Basalt senior Raul Torres and Roaring Fork senior Andrew Broadhurst were all named honorable mention all-state in Class 3A.
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