Four Titans named to All-League team
It was a historic year for Coal Ridge’s girls soccer team, so it’s only fitting that several Titans responsible for helping lead the third-year program to an 8-5-2 overall record and its first playoff appearance were named to the All-3A Western Slope League first team.
Four, to be exact, made the squad: Sam Wilson, Audrey Asplund, Chelsie Ryan and Ashlie Bowles. Two more Titans – Tracy Pihl and Jill Refior – earned honorable mentions.The Titans, who lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Denver Christian, finished second to perennial power Basalt in the 3A WSL race. Riding that league title, the Longhorns landed five first-teamers, led by league player of the year Kat Fitzpatrick. Melissa Stewart, Annette Stenstadvold, Hailey Guglielmo and Alia Munger joined Fitzpatrick on the first team, while Dayne Toney, Zoe Herreid and Dakota Morrison each nabbed honorable mention picks.For his team’s efforts, Basalt coach Chris Woods was named the league’s coach of the year.
From Roaring Fork, Krispin Jewkes made the first team and Nikki Smeins nabbed an honorable mention selection.Demons, Bears land 4A all-league selectionsOpposing teams found it tough to put a ball past Glenwood Springs goalkeeper Kelsie Hert during the course of the season. Her skills in net landed her a first-team selection to the all-4A WSL girls soccer roster.
Fellow Demon Carly Stillman joined Hert on the first team, while Chelsea Vallario and Leah Mansfield both were both tabbed honorable mention picks.Glenwood went 9-5-2 in 2008, finishing third in the 4A WSL and making the playoffs for the second straight year.Battle Mountain dominated league play during the season, posting the program’s first unblemished regular season record (15-0). Consequently, it’s no surprise the Huskies produced the league’s player of the year in Emily LyBarger and coach of the year in David Cope.From Rifle, Chelsea Webb landed on the all-league first team, while Mindy Gonzales and Caitlin Clay were honorable mention selections.
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Amid hundreds of cleat-footed little leaguers casually gathered along the first baseline, the glare of parents’ sunglasses deflecting the early morning sun, coach Troy Phillips began a trip down memory lane.