Several Garfield County athletes received state-wide recognition when The Denver Post announced its all-state basketball teams earlier this week.
In all, five area athletes were named to the boys and girls Class 4A and 3A all-state teams as honorable mentions. Recipients spanned from Parachute to Carbondale.
The most decorated of all area schools was Roaring Fork High School, which had four players who were honorable mentions in the 3A all-state team.
Megan and Hattie Gianinetti of Roaring Fork were honorable mentions on the girls team. Megan - who played as a freshman when the Rams had a winless season and as a sophomore when Roaring Fork won just two games - earned the all-state nod for the second consecutive year.
Megan averaged 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Hattie finished scoring 9.3 points per game with a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. They played on a Roaring Fork squad which finished 13-10 overall, losing to Eaton, 51-48, in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
Also receiving honorable mentions were Trae Moxley and Dakotah Grett of Roaring Fork. The Rams won their first 3A Western Slope League title with a 20-4 overall record, losing to Faith Christian in the state tournament's round of 16.
A little downvalley on the girls' end, Glenwood Springs junior Delaney Gaddis and Rifle junior Chante Church were honorable mentions at th 4A level.
Gaddis averaged 11 points and 4A WSL leading four assists per game, had a league-best 102 steals and knocked down a team-high 28 3-pointers for the Demons, who went 14-9 and reached the second round of the 4A state playoffs. Church scored 17.3 points per game, hit 40 3s and shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, helping Rifle (17-9) reach the 4A tournament's round of 16.
Haley Johnson of Grand Valley also earned a spot as a 3A honorable mention. She led the Cardinals in scoring (12.3 points), rebounds (6.4 per game), and 3-pointers (47) in helping the 15-8 Cardinals reach the 3A state playoffs.
Another Grand Valley kid, senior Trent Reidle, was an honorable mention on the 3A boys squad. Reidle averaged 13.4 points with 24 total 3-pointers for the Cardinals, playing only the final 11 games of the season.