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Basalt’s McGrath heads list of prep all-staters

Phil Sandoval

The awards keep on rolling in for Molly McGrath.

Recently voted as the Class 3A Western Slope League’s “Player of the Year” by the league’s coaches, the just-graduated Basalt High senior was named to the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado 3A, 2002 girls soccer team.

McGrath was the only area player to be voted to the first team.

Four other area soccer players earned Honorable Mention, two each in Class 3A and 4A.

Basalt’s Mariah Mulcahy, a junior, and Ashley Eaton, a sophomore, made Honorable Mention on the 3A team.

Glenwood Springs had two players voted to the Class 4A state Honorable Mention rolls in sophomore Heidi Wild and junior Chelsea Strautman.

Both McGrath and Strautman were among the state’s leading goal scorers in their respective divisions this season.

McGrath’s 24 goals this season raised her school-career total to 66 in four years as a member of the Basalt varsity. In that same period, she had 48 assists for a career total of 180 total points (both school records).

The Longhorn star had similar success in basketball. McGrath was also awarded WSL “Player of the Year” honors in that sport earlier in the school year.

This fall, McGrath will continue her athletic career in basketball at Western Nebraska Community College, where she’s received a full-ride athletic scholarship.

Strautman netted a team-high 22 goals with 12 assists. Those marks helped the Demons capture the 4A WSL regular-season title,

The Demons ended the league play with 8-1-1 record and 12-3-1 overall. They advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs, concluding the season with a tough 2-1 loss to St. Mary’s Academy of Englewood.

Basalt’s other all-stater picks are just as potent on offense.

Eaton had a state-high 23 assists along with 16 goals this year. Mulcahy concluded the 2002 season with 43 total points (19 goals, 5 assists).

Wild is the 4A WSL’s “Player of the Year.” Her scoring totals are not as impressive as the other area all-staters. She score only two goals, but she’s OK with that.

Opting to play on the defending side of the field, Wild prefers to prevent goals rather than scoring them.

Demon coach Steve White said Wild was the anchor to the team’s defense this season, and was glad to see the Demon defender receive recognition for her skills.


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