Soccer: Skiers, Horns all-league
The Aspen Times
Even though it’s cloudy, the stars are out.
High school boys soccer’s all-stars were announced this week for the Class 3A Western Slope League.
Two players from Aspen High School and one player from Basalt were voted to the all-league first team, in balloting by the confernce coaches.
Aspen seniors Joel Brice and John Heaphey were voted to the all-league team for the second consecutive year.
Brice was the Skiers’ leading scorer for the second year in a row with 20 goals this season
Heaphey, who added seven goals for Aspen, won all-conference honors in a second sport from the fall. Heaphey, the midfield leader for the Aspen soccer team, was voted the all-conference kicker/punter representing the Aspen High School football team. This year marked the second consecutive year Heaphey was all-conference in two sports simultaneously.
Basalt senior Edwin Del Cid was voted to the all-conference first team for the Longhorns.
Basalt also had two players named to the all-league honorable mention list: sophomore Enrique Rodriquez and junior Matthew Anderson.
Aspen landed two players on the honorable mention list, as selected by the coaches.
Senior Connor Peirce and sophomore Harry Kahn both were named to the honorable mention team for the Skiers, who closed the season 11-6-0 including a first-round win in the state playoffs.
The conference player of the year this season is senior Clayton Kirwood of Vail Mountain School.
Kirwood led the league with 29 goals as the Gore Rangers advanced to the state quarterfinals. Vail Mountain ended the season 13-4-1. Kirwood also had nine assists.
Other Vail Mountain players voted to the first team included junior Dylan Cunningham, senior Tommy Miller and senior Trevor Shelden
Vail Mountain’s Bridger Gile, who grew up in Aspen, was named to the all-league honorable mention list as a freshman.
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