Fall preps rake in All-State honors
The secret’s out on Western Slope prep athletes.Area players, in football, boys soccer and cross country, are no longer household names or local legends.
They have started to take their place among the best high school players in Colorado.Nineteen athletes, representing three sports, were selected by the Denver Post to their respeective all-state teams, in its annual Best of the Best section.Rifle head football coach Darrel Gorham was also honored as the 3A football coach of the year. Earlier, he earned the same award from the Rocky Mountain News.In winning the 3A football title, the 2004 Bears also racked up the most honors.
Four starters – Rocky Rauman, Jeff Zimmerman, Bryce Enewold and John Alderson – earned first team honors. Rauman, voted the 3A Player of the Year, was also selected to the All-Colorado team.The All-Colorado team consists of the best players in the state, regardless of what classification they play in during the season.Zimmerman, Enewold and Alderson were chosen as defensive players.
Five other Bears – offensive lineman Travis Jensen, linebackers Andrew Stone, Zack LaCount, defensive tackle Rick Johnson and quarterback Kyle Sanderson – earned honorable mention.Four Basalt High School athletes also made all-state first teams.Longhorns junior Kate Wilson was chosen to the girls 3A cross-country team. Two Basalt players, midfielder Cy Eaton, a senior and junior forward Felipe Sanchez, were tabbed to the 3A boys soccer first team.Clayton Peetz of the Longhorns was chosen to the Class 2A all-state football team at linebacker.
Two other Longhorns runners – Sofie Stenstadvold and Amy Lund – earned honorable mention in the 3A girls cross country state team.Roaring Fork senior lineman Pat Amborn was picked to the 2A offensive team. Ambron’s Rams teammate Parker Nieslanik, a junior wide receiver, received honorable mention.Jake Greer and Adam Vincent of Glenwood Springs, both seniors, made the state 3A football honorable mention. Jake Greer and Adam Vincent of Glenwood Springs, both seniors, made the state 3A football honorable mention.
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Colorado Mountain College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished higher than their rankings coming in at the Nov. 14 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division 1 Cross Country 2020 Championships.