All-league team sparkles purple and gold |

All-league team sparkles purple and gold

Aspen TImes photo/Mark FoxClass 3A Western Slope League player of the year Katie Staerkel, left, carries the ball during a playoff game against Denver Christian.

If there were colors for the 2005 Class 3A all-Western Slope League team, they would have to be purple and gold – specifically, Basalt’s purple and gold. The league-champion Longhorns dominated voting among the league’s coaches when it came to choosing the WSL’s top players. Five Basalt starters made the 13-member first team. Three more Longhorns earned honorable mention.

As a topper, second-year coach Chris Woods was the league’s coach of the year, and sophomore standout Katie Staerkel got the nod as the WSL’s player of the year.In the two years Woods has been at the helm, Basalt won back-to-back league titles, is unbeaten in 20 straight WSL matches and made the 3A state playoffs both seasons. Staerkel scored a Class 3A-high 30 goals this season. The Longhorns trio of Maddie Hoffman, Jessi Graf and Sofie Stenstadvold, all first-teamers, were also dangerous when it came to putting the ball in the net.

Hoffman scored 17 goals along with eight assists. Graf finished the 2005 season with 11 goals and assisted on 11 others. Stenstadvold finished the year with nine assists plus a goal.Emily Birk, Basalt’s fifth all-WSL first-teamer, made her mark as a defender. As key members of the Longhorns’ defensive corps, Birk and Bailey Holmes, an honorable mention choice, held opponents to a total of 10 goals in 17 games.

Fellow Longhorns Deanna Spracher and Kari Heuer, both seniors, received honorable mention.Two Roaring Fork High School players – Megan Zeigel and Taylor Wagner – along with Beda Calhoun, of Colorado Rocky Mountain School, also earned first-team selections. Whitney Campbell of Roaring Fork and CRMS’s Hanna Farrar received honorable mention honors.

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