Leyba named to 3A 1st Team All-State
Capping off a terrific career as a member of the Rifle Bears, senior running back and strong safety, Ty Leyba, was named to the CHSAA Class 3A 1st Team All-State squad, Friday, for his play on the field throughout the 2015 season.
“I had to double check [the list] because I didn’t think it was right,” Leyba said following the news of his accomplishment. “I was just shocked and I told my Dad. We were all pretty surprised by it, but it’s pretty cool to make the first team.”
Leyba rushed for 588 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 72 carries, while adding 132 yards and one touchdown on five catches for the Bears offense. While Leyba was part of a three-headed monster in the backfield that included senior Tyler Bosshardt — who was named to the 3A 2nd Team All-State squad after rushing for 1,255 yards and 17 touchdowns — and junior Blaine Vance, Leyba was a standout defensive back for a Bears defense that allowed just 17 points-per-game during a season in which Rifle finished 9-2 (6-1 3A Western Slope League).
The senior safety recorded 48 total tackles on the year and picked off opposing quarterbacks five times, accounting for nearly half of Rifle’s 13 interceptions as a defensive unit.
“This means quite a bit to me,” Leyba said. “To be able to finish up my time at Rifle with a pretty good resume’ that includes a state championship, all-conference awards and now all-state, it’s just pretty cool to play for that team that set you up for so much success. I just means a lot.”
After closing out a strong career in the blue and gold of the Bears, Leyba is looking ahead to college with aspirations of playing at the next level. So far, Leyba said that he has a few schools interested in him that includes full scholarships for academics.
With the All-State nomination, Leyba feels that the interest will continue to grow because of the recognition he’s received.
“It helps boost you up the list [with recruiters] because they can see that you did quite a bit for your team and made quite an impact,” Leyba said.
Due to the prestigious award that has been bestowed on Leyba, the senior says that messages of congratulations has been flooding in over the last 24 hours or so, mainly through Facebook and text messages.
“Everyone is all really supportive of me and they’re saying I deserve this,” Leyba said. “So it means a lot to me that think so highly of me and know how hard I worked for this.”
Along with Leyba and Bosshardt, Roaring Fork’s Conrado Dolores was named as an Honorable Mention on the All-State team in 2A.
Dolores led the way as a punishing offensive lineman, helping the Rams rush for nearly 1,500 yards.
Defensively, Dolores was one of the top defensive ends in all the entire Western Slope League, racking up 31 tackles, five tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries and one sack.
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