Boys soccer: Coal Ridge’s Enrique Bucio among many area players named to Class 3A all-state team
CLASS 3A ALL-STATE BOYS SOCCER
The following is the Class 3A all-state boys soccer team as determined by the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association at its all-state meeting on Nov. 15 at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.
Player of the Year: Max Mahlman, Kent Denver.
Coach of the Year: Arty Smith, Kent Denver.
FIRST TEAM: Max Mehlman, Soph., Kent Denver; Ben Maffei, Sr., Colorado Adademy; Mannuel Meraz, Sr., Kent Denver; Tyler Kelly, Sr., Colorado Academy; Will Gilchrist, Sr., Salida; Austin Tavison, Sr., Roosevelt; Jack McCool, Sr., Denver Christian; Enrique Bucio, Sr., Coal Ridge; Clayton Kirwood, Sr., Vail Mountain; Josh Elkington, Sr., Manitou Springs; Noah Henry, Sr., Colorado Academy.
SECOND TEAM: Lalo Clemente, Sr., Roaring Fork; Davis Oudet, Jr., Kent Denver; Greer Solarte, Sr., Kent Denver; Gabe Sherwood, Soph., Colorado Springs Christian School; Nick Fuselier, Jr., Colorado Academy; Levi Viss, Sr., Denver Christian; Dustin Linza, Sr., Salida; Anthony Sas, Sr., Denver Christian; Joel Brice, Sr., Aspen; Alex Clinscales, Sr., Colorado Academy; Luke Bote, Sr., Faith Christian.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tanner Fulkerson, Alexander Dawson; Jose Gutierrez, Alexander Dawson; Nick Thayer, Salida; Ross Norwood, Colorado Springs Christian School; Tyler Williams, Vanguard School; Rob Knab, Liberty Common; Aric Aman, Denver Christian; Caden Bush, Heritage Christian; Jon Van Vleet, Heritage Christian; Cole Whitaker, Kent Denver; Desmond Lau, Salida; Josh Sharbobo, Roosevelt; Nathan Oquinn, Faith Christian; Nathan Dee, Peak to Peak; Devon Weller, Jefferson Academy; Daniel Griffith, Peak to Peak; Stas Kjergaard, Lutheran; Ben Carpenter, Roaring Fork; Erik Carrillo, Roaring Fork; Ariel Palomera, Roaring Fork; Dylan Cunningham, Vail Mountain; Chaz Apostolik, Coal Ridge; Miguel Navarro, Coal Ridge; Abe Hernandez, Roaring Fork; Trevor Shelden, Vail Mountain.
Enrique Bucio has had one of the best boys soccer career a high school player could have. Now, the Coal Ridge High senior has one more award to tack on to his already stellar prep career.
Bucio, who finished as one of the nation’s leaders in assists for the second consecutive year, was named to the first team of the Class 3A Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. It’s the third consecutive all-state award for Bucio, who was a first-team recipient following his junior year and a second-team award winner as a sophomore.
Bucio is one of a slew of Garfield County athletes who earned all-state recognition when the Class 5A, 4A and 3A all-state teams were determined. The meeting took place on Nov. 15 at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.
The Coal Ridge senior, however, was the only one from the area to receive first-team recognition. He had a season that warranted that honor, to be sure.
Bucio, a four-year varsity player for the Titans, finished the season with 31 assists. Not only did that statistical mark lead all Colorado classifications for the second consecutive season, but it was ranked fourth in the nation, according to statistics provided by http://www.maxpreps.com.
During his junior season, Bucio finished with 35 assists, which was more than any other high school player in the nation. He tallied that total in 17 games that year, which was four fewer games than second-place finisher Graham Smalley of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
This year’s national leader in assists was Dustin Shearer of Baptist Academy in Indianapolis, who finished with 36 assists.
Bucio also finished with 17 goals scored for the second consecutive season. Also this season, he helped the Titans reach the Class 3A quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, where Coal Ridge lost 1-0 to eventual state champion Kent Denver.
The Sun Devils claimed the Player of the Year in sophomore Max Mehlman and the Coach of the Year in Arty Smith.
Bucio has not signed to play college soccer yet, though coach Mike Mikalakis said has been contacted by coaches at Adams State University and some junior colleges.
Plenty of other local players were also recognized on the team.
Lalo Clemente, a Roaring Fork High School senior, was a second-team all-state award winner in helping the Rams win the Class 3A Western Slope League championship. Clemente was one of the best all-around players on a Rams squad that finished with a 14-3-0 overall record and reached the second round of the 3A state playoffs, losing in overtime to Peak to Peak in Carbondale.
Clemente finished with a team-high 16 goals — good for fifth best among players in the league — to go with 10 assists. The midfielder’s quickness also made a big difference in the Rams’ fast-paced attack that led to a total of 75 goals in Roaring Fork’s 17 games.
Also honored from Roaring Fork were senior Ben Carpenter, senior Erik Carrillo, senior Abe Hernandez and senior Ariel Palomera, giving the Rams five honorees with all-state recognition. For Coal Ridge, junior Miguel Navarro and senior Chaz Apostolik each earned honorable mention recognition.
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