Basalt finishes league slate unbeaten
Basalt sophomore Katie Staerkel tallied another hat trick as the Longhorns dispatched Roaring Fork 5-0 Tuesday at RFHS.Staerkel, who clinched the Class 3A scoring title with four goals against the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Monday, pushed her regular-season total to 30 goals, 11 assists on Tuesday.Maddie Hoffman and Jessi Graf also scored for Basalt. Sofie Stenstadvold, Kat Fitzpatrick, Bailey Holmes and Graf all had assists. Dayne Toney and Darbi Scherer shared the victory in goal.”Basalt’s defense is just so solid, and trying to get through them is like trying to get through a brick wall,” Roaring Fork coach Brad Zeigel said. “It would have been nice to have gotten one (goal). We hit the bar a couple of times.”Basalt (10-0 league, 12-3 overall) should draw a top seed when the 16-team bracket comes out Sunday, perhaps among the top three or four, meaning Basalt could host a first- and second-round match.In addition to Staerkel’s feat as the 3A scoring leader – a first for a girl in school history – Basalt also led Class 3A in team scoring with 70 goals, 58 assists. (St. Mary’s was second with 63 goals, 56 assists.)”There’s an awesome team around me, and today was just another team win.” Staerkel said Tuesday.”We’re all really excited just to get to continue our season and hopefully get to Denver and do well. We all have that drive, and we know we have the talent and desire to do it, and that should help a lot,” Staerkel continued.Roaring Fork (4-5-1, 5-6-1), meanwhile, must start looking toward next season. The Rams lose six seniors in Megan Zeigel, this year’s leading scorer, Carly Velasquez, Kayla Lamort, Leah Raaflaub, Conchita De La Torre and Miriam Ceja. The Rams do bring back some solid returners in, among others, Whitney Campbell, Ashley Jensen and Annie Leslie. This year’s freshman class also had a solid season, and another crop of freshman talent is on the way, Zeigel said.”We had a really terrific freshman class come in and next year some really good freshman are coming in,” he said. This is going to be a really good program for years to come.”
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