Local gridders get 2A all-league honors
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Olathe Pirates ended up winning the Class 2A football title this year and led the 2A Western Slope with seven players selected for the all-league first team, with four more earning honorable mention. Next on the list, the Grand Valley Cardinals and Aspen Skiers each had six players on the first team.
Grand Valley finished second in the league to Olathe with an 8-3 record, 6-1 in 2A WSL play. They had a chance at the league title in the last game of the season against Olathe, but ended up losing 36-14. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cardinals lost 34-6 to Brush.
They sent six seniors to the first team and four more made honorable mention. The Cardinals were led by running backs Colton Cowan and William Waugh and had linemen Cole Kraft and Mike Davini on the first squad to go with tight end and linebacker Landon Paskett and running back and defensive back Michael Shepard.
Junior quarterback Ryan Gallegos made honorable mention with fellow teammates senior offensive and defensive linemen Dalton Penner and Joe Joyner, and junior wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Radel.
Roaring Fork had nine total players get nominated. The Rams went 5-5 this season and 4-3 in league play. They ended their season with wins over Coal Ridge and Cedaredge.
Seniors Michael Black (wide receiver/cornerback), Ryan Weimer (quarterback/safety), Dana Holley (fullback/linebacker) and Soren Phibbs (running back/strong safety) were on the first team.
Coal Ridge had six seniors make the team, three on the first team. Running backs and linebackers Bradey Gasaway and Josh Alsop, and offensive and defensive lineman Kevin Laidlaw headlined the team.
The Titans were 4-6 and unfortunately ended the season with four straight losses, all league games, to finish the year with a 1-6 league record.
Basalt had three seniors on the first team: tight end and defensive lineman Taylor Niko-Foreman, quarterback and defensive back Dillon Buck, and running back and linebacker Cody Kosinki. The Longhorns went 4-6 overall and 2-5 in league play. They wrapped up their season with a defensive battle with Gunnison, a 7-3 win.
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