Rams reap rewards from playoff berths, hoops titles
Roaring Fork High School’s boys basketball team reaped the awards that came from winning a district and league championship this season, taking home plenty of recognition this week when the Class 3A all-Western Slope League team was announced.
Roaring Fork’s girls also did well, earning three first-team award winners like their male counterparts. Grand Valley and Coal Ridge also had their share of all-league award winners.
Larry Williams, who was named the WSL’s coach of the year after the Rams won both the regular-season and district-tournament title this season, had three first teamers: seniors Dakotah Grett and Trae Moxley, and junior Tanner Nieslanik. The Rams finished the season with a 20-4 overall record, losing in the 3A regional final to five-time defending state champ Faith Christian this past Saturday.
Seniors Megan Gianinetti, Hattie Gianinetti and junior Maddie Nieslanik each earned first-team awards for Roaring Fork’s girls.
Grand Valley’s girls, who, like Roaring Fork, were eliminated in the first round of the 3A regionals, had a pair of first teamers in juniors Haley Johnson and Ashlynn Speakman. The Grand Valley boys also had two first-team award winners in senior Trent Reidle and sophomore Sam Parker.
The Coal Ridge girls also were eliminated in the first round of the 3A regionals. They had two players – senior Cassie Blackard and junior Paige Ryan – who were selected first-team all league. The Coal Ridge boys had a first-team award winner in junior Alec Herrera.
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