Garfield County prep athletes earn all-state accolades
Three Garfield County athletes proved this past season that they were some of the best prep athletes in Colorado.
That was proven on paper by Friday afternoon, when the Colorado High School Activities Association released its Class 4A all-state baseball team. On it, Glenwood Springs High pitcher Chase Nieslanik and Rifle High outfielder Layton Stutsman each received honorable-mention recognition.
Their awards came a day after Roaring Fork High’s Emily Fisher earned second-team all-state accolades on CHSAA’s Class 3A all-state girls soccer team, which was announced on Thursday.
Each of CHSAA’s all-state teams were announced on the organization’s website, http://www.chsaanow.com.
Stutsman, who last month was named the Post Independent’s Garfield County Male Student/Athlete of the Year by a panel of area athletic directors, was one of the leading hitters for the Bears. He finished the year with a .419 batting average with team highs in doubles (nine) and RBIs (26).
His RBI total ranked him 13th in all of Class 4A and fourth in the 4A Western Slope League. Rifle coach Troy Phillips, however, has said Stutsman’s leadership abilities and his overall work ethic has been one of his biggest assets to the team’s he’s played on.
Stutsman, who graduated this past spring, will play football at Division III Central College in Iowa in the fall.
Nieslanik, who earned a baseball scholarship at Division II Nebraska Kearney following this past baseball season, finished the season with 61 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. In nine appearances, the 6-foot-4 lefthander finished with a 1-3 pitching record with 31 walks and a 3.58 ERA.
Nieslanik also graduated from high school this past spring.
Fisher was one of the top scorers in all of Class 3A girls soccer this past season, which included a six-goal game against Grand Valley on 7-0 victory on April 28. Her 23 goals scored ranked her 13th in Class 3A and first among 3A players in the 3A/2A Western Slope League. She also had seven assists.
Fisher also helped the Rams to an 8-5-2 overall record, and the 7-3-1 mark in league play netted the Rams a third-place finish in the league standings behind eventual 2A champ Vail Mountain and runner-up Coal Ridge. Vail Mountain raked in four Class 2A all-state players, including the 2A Player of the Year in freshman Tess Johnson.
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