Coal Ridge High School junior Enrique Bucio earned the Player of the Year honors for Class 3A Region 3 as voted on by coaches around the league.
Bucio’s award was made public on Monday when the all-league team was released, and his award highlighted the list of Garfield County athletes who were recognized for their accomplishments on the field.
Bucio finished the season with 34 assists, a number that led the nation at all levels, according to www.maxpreps.com. His 2.15 assists per game also leads the nation, according to the site. He also finished the season with 16 goals.
Coal Ridge, which finished the season 14-3-1 following a loss in the Class 3A quarterfinals to The Classical Academy this past Friday, won its second consecutive league championship this season. The Titans also garnered the most all-league award winners, with second-place Roaring Fork earning a fair share as well.
Titans’ senior Edgar Enriquez, one of the state’s leading goal scorers with 36, was named to the all-league team junior Alex Guttierez, senior Christian Serna and junior goalkeeper Isidro Contreras.
Earning all-league honors for Roaring Fork were juniors Lalo Clemente and Ben Carpenter along with seniors Alex Fisher and Jack Fisher. The Rams finished the season 11-3-1 overall, falling in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Grand Valley also had all-league award winners. The Oysters’ Fremond Mbanguza earned a first-team nod, and Grand Valley’s Fransisco Vicencio was an all-league award winner.
Honorable mentions included Raymundo Bencomo, Tias Dacuma and Charles Apostolik of Coal Ridge; Eduardo Medina and Cameron Doherty of Roaring Fork; Aaron Zepp of CRMS; and Omar Chaivez of Grand Valley.
Pete Petrovski of Vail Mountain won the league’s Coach of the Year honor.