Basalt’s Card named 2A/3A WSL Player of the Year
Thanks to 20 goals during the 2016 season, Basalt junior forward Callahan Card was named the 2A/3A Western Slope League Player of the Year on Monday.
Leading the Longhorns to a 9-6 (7-3) overall record on the year, Card was the go-to player throughout the season, resulting in the Player of the Year honors.
Joining Card on the 2A/3A WSL First Team was a fellow Longhorn, sophomore defender Cintia Miramontes (1G-0A).
After winning the 2A/3A WSL during the regular season and reaching the Great 8 of the Colorado High School Athletics Association’s state playoffs, the Coal Ridge Titans saw a league-high five players named to the first team.
Senior midfielder Jenny Call (8G-12A), junior midfielder Nicole Mooney (4G-5A), junior defender Dana Kotz (1G-0A), sophomore forward Samantha Dunn (14G-6A) and sophomore forward Santana Martinez (4G-8A) all earned first team honors.
Grand Valley senior forward Logan Waterman (2G-7A) also earned first team honors, while Roaring Fork senior Valeri Lotrecht also earned first team honors.
Rifle junior Jessica Bracamontes (7G-1A) rounded out local athletes on the 2A/3A WSL first team.
On the honorable mention list, Coal Ridge led the way with three players, while Basalt and Grand Valley each had two. Rifle and Roaring Fork had one honorable mention each.
For Coal Ridge, senior defender Cortnay Young (1G-0A), senior midfielder Shelby Koether (2G-1A) and junior forward Kaitlyn Harlow (13G-5A) made the honorable mention list, while Basalt senior Kaity Williams (8G-4A) and sophomore Kate Shrock (93 saves) joined the list.
Grand Valley sophomore’s Danielle Call and Elizabeth Pena earned honorable mention honors, while Roaring Fork’s Fiona Laird and Rifle’s Adamarys Nagaya (1G-0A) rounded out the list.
Despite winning the league and reaching the Great 8, Coal Ridge head coach Damon Martinez did not win the 2A/3A WSL Coach of the Year. Vail Mountain’s Bob Bandoni was named the Coach of the Year.
The girls are invited to play in the Emily Johnson All Star Game at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3. The 3A/4A boys play at 5 p.m. at Gates Soccer Field at CMC Spring Valley.
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