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Bears pace all-league baseball picks

The Bears set the pace all season in the 4A Western Slope Baseball League.

This week they set the pace again with the release of the annual all-conference selections.

In voting by the conference baseball coaches, the all-conference and honorable mention players were picked.

In addition, Rifle coach Troy Phillips was named the Western Slope League coach of the year for 2002.

Phillips Bears, of course, are headed to the Class 4A Regional Tournament on Friday in Englewood. Rifle will take on Pueblo Central at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Phillips is a repeat winner of the honor. His Bears have made regular state playoff appearances under his direction.

Five Rifle players were named to the all-league team.

And a pair of Glenwood Springs players also were named to the all-WSL team.

Seniors Nick Krick and Blake Barth were honored for Rifle along with juniors Owen Madison, Jason Enewold and Scott Van Slyke.

The Glenwood Springs players named to the all-conference team were senior Dusty Lanci and junior Tiernan Conway.

Jeremy Ureche of Glenwood Springs was named to the all-league honorable mention list.

Three Rifle players were on the honorable mention list: seniors Jesse Holgate, Danny Fedirko and Brad Pace.

Delta landed four players on the all-league team, including seniors Rich Englehart and Jake Schmalz.

Junior Mike Abeyta and sophomore Steve Morales also were honored.

Jerod Estey, a junior, led the Moffat County all-league selections.

Estey, in fact, was named the player of the year for 2002. He was joined on the all-league team by senior Chris Field and junior Tad Beherns.

Palisade seniors Matt Grise and Josh Wesley also were named all-league.

Steamboat’s Preston Stanfill and Battle Mountain’s Eugene Trujillo rounded out the all-conference team.

Other honorable mention all-league selections included Jordan Gunderson of Steamboat; Ryan Schnell of Battle Mountain; Blake Carlquist and Kevin Sunderland of Delta; Eric Bastow of Moffat County; and Cody Dickson and Mark Widegren of Palisade.


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