Coal Ridge racks up all-3A WSL honors |

Coal Ridge racks up all-3A WSL honors

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Paul Harvey said it was never easy getting Eric Schmitz, Andy Smedra and Alex Klein out of the gymnasium.

“All three of them love basketball. It’s tough to kick them out of the gym,” the Coal Ridge boys basketball coach relayed. “They’re gym rats.”

So it’s no surprise the Titan trio found its way onto the All-3A Western Slope League first team.

Schmitz, Smedra and Klein led the Titans to a 21-5 record and the school’s first trip to Fort Collins for the state tournament in 2008-09. Pretty big steps for a program in just its fourth year.

“It was a great season,” said Harvey, who wrapped his first campaign as Coal Ridge’s coach earlier this month. “It was fun, rewarding. The guys really enjoyed it.”

Joining the Titans’ big three in receiving postseason honors were honorable mentions Jonathon Roessler and Adam Miller.

Of the Titans’ five honorees, all but Smedra, a junior, are seniors.

Schmitz still has one more game to go in his high school career, though. He’ll suit up for the June 13 Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state basketball games in Greeley.

Coal Ridge’s girls also racked up the all-league honors.

Making the first team were Morgan Jessup and Tori Verdieck. Landing honorable-mention picks were Matraisa Beecraft and Kelly Romero.

Those four were a big part of a Titan team that went 17-7 and fell two points shy of making Class 3A’s round of eight.

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Colton Cowan and Erin Vanderpool were Grand Valley’s lone first-teamers.

Cowan helped the Cardinal boys to a 15-8 record and a playoff appearance in the team’s first season as a Class 3A school, while Vanderpool and the girls put together an 11-12 campaign and nearly upset a tough Buena Vista squad in the first round of the playoffs.

Kasi Jensen and Shawnee Young were all-league honorable mentions for the girls, while Michael Shepard, Derek Witt and Landon Paskett were honorable mentions for the boys.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Ryan Weimer secured Roaring Fork’s only first-team selection.

The senior was joined by honorable-mention pick Jake Hawkins on the boys all-league roster.

Alli Zeigel and Maria Flores were tabbed honorable mentions on the girls side.

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