Local coach, athletes head to Alamosa for All-State Games
Garfield County high schools will make a strong showing again this year at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games.
Athletes from around the state converged on Adams State University in Alamosa on Tuesday for check-ins, with the games beginning today and lasting through Saturday. CHSCA puts on the annual event for graduated seniors in cross country, football, softball, spirit, volleyball and boys and girls basketball.
In all, seven area student-athletes and one coach from four Garfield County high schools will participate in the All-State Games this week.
The highest participation comes in football and girls basketball. In football, three area athletes will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in the North vs. South game at Rex Stadium.
Playing for the North squad will be Roaring Fork graduate Nate Nieslanik, who is listed as a quarterback and linebacker. Nieslanik was the Rams’ starting quarterback prior to a season-ending injury.
Playing on the South’s roster will be former Glenwood Springs running back Henry Hill and Grand Valley grad and last season’s quarterback Ty Scott. Hill’s 1,566 rushing yards was ranked second in Class 3A last season. Scott was Class 2A’s leading passer, completing 171-of-305 passes for 2,160 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
In girls basketball, Glenwood’s Jacky Gaddis, who coached the Demons to a 23-2 record and a berth in third round of the Class 4A state tournament, will get to coach one of the four tournament teams. On her squad will be her daughter, Delaney Gaddis, who finished the season leading Class 4A in steals (5.3 per game) and assists (5.1 per game). She also hit 48 3-pointers last year and shared the 4A Western Slope League’s Player of the Year honor with Rifle High graduate Chante Church.
Playing on another girls team will be Haley Johnson of Grand Valley, who was named the 3A WSL’s Player of the Year. Johnson, who will play at Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs next year, averaged 11 points per game with 34 3-pointers.
Rifle High School graduate Tanner Quick, who shared the 4A WSL’s Player of the Year honor with teammate Trenton Brown, will play on one of the boys basketball teams. The 6-foot-5 Quick averaged 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Bears, helping them win their first league championship in 11 years.
Each basketball team will play two games on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, with girls and boys title and third-place games starting at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Also headed for Alamosa is Grand Valley’s Korrie Hurt, who will be a member of the spirit/poms/dance squad. There will also be a separate cheer squad.
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