Big numbers lead to bigger expectations for Roaring Fork
ROARING FORK RAMS
Head Coach: Marty Madsen (Fourth season).
Last Year: 5-14 overall, 5-11 3A Western Slope League.
Key Returners: Jake Kelley, Soph., OF; Hayden Bernot, Soph., P; Shay Gianinetti, Sr., 2B; Beck Fisher, Sr., OF.
Others to Watch: Drew Broadhurst, Fr., P; Adrique Ceballos, Fr. UT.
Outlook: Coach Madsen believes that Gunnison will be the team to beat in the WSL with most of their players returning from last season. Olathe could also be a contender. With the emphasis in practice being a focus on the basics and fundamentals of the game, Madsen believes his team can surprise some people as the season unfolds and be in the thick of the league race. The Rams will be road tested early as they play their first seven games away from home, beginning with a date in Hotchkiss with the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
TRACK & FIELD
Head Coach: Ryan Erickson (Second season)
Last Year: Two individual state qualifiers in Jose Lopez (110m hurdles.)
Key returners: Boys: Jose Lopez, Sr.; Erik Carrillo, Sr.; Adrian Chavez, Sr.; Jackson Hardin, Sr.; Lyle Luckett, Jr. Girls: Beth Fawley, Jr.; Emily Fuller, Sr.
Others to Watch: Boys: Lalo Clemente, Sr.; Justin Thompson, Fr. Girls: Emma Cooley, Jr.; Katelyn Krehbiel, Soph.; Heidi Small, Sr.
Outlook: Coach Erickson is optimistic that his Rams will compete well this spring. He is hopeful that Roaring Fork can place a few more qualifiers in the state meet this year and have a strong performance at the Western Slope League meet. The Rams’ first test of the new season will come on March 13 at the Rifle Invitational.
Head Coach: Heather Fox (Fourth season).
Last Year: 12-2-1 overall, 7-2 3A WSL, lost in first round of Class 3A state playoffs to Kent Denver.
Key returners: Emily Fisher, Sr. MF; Kristen Joiner, Sr., MF; Kayla Derby, Sr., D.
Others to Watch: Maite Nieblas, Sr., F. Carly Rosenthal, Jr., D.
Outlook: Returning senior captain Emily Fisher will lead the Rams on the soccer field this spring. Roaring Fork, under coach Heather Fox, will hope to make another run at the state playoffs, but the task will not be easy in the always-tough 3A Western Slope League. Coach Fox feels the road to the league title will have to go through Coal Ridge and Grand Valley, two perennial contenders.
CARBONDALE — With a newly renovated field and a roster filled with promising young prospects, Roaring Fork High School baseball coach Marty Madsen can’t wait for the remainder of the snow to melt, and get his team on the diamond for some live pitching and game experience.
“We are really young this year, but the kids are excited, and they are working hard,” Madsen said.
Another point of progress for the Ram program is with 29 players out for the team this year, Roaring Fork will field a full varsity and junior varsity baseball program, which hasn’t happened in quite some time.
Ram track mentor Ryan Erickson is also good and ready to get his kids on the oval. Roaring Fork will kick off its season at the Rifle Invitational on March 13. With lone returning state qualifier Jose Lopez back to anchor his team — he qualified in the 110-meter hurdles last year — Erickson will hope to place more athletes this year at the league meet in order to get them to the Front Range in late May for the state track & field showcase.
Girls soccer coach Heather Fox has a big group, with 33 players out for her program this season. The Rams were hit heavily by graduation but still boast a handful of talented returners who will keep Roaring Fork on the radar of league contenders.
Seniors Emily Fisher, Kristen Joiner and Kayla Derby will have to have solid seasons if the Rams are to challenge Coal Ridge and Grand Valley for bragging rights at season’s end. As is the case with the baseball program in Carbondale, the girls soccer team will be able to put a full junior varsity and varsity team on the field this season due to the high number of participants.
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