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Molly McGrath voted WSL ‘Player of the Year’

Phil Sandoval

Molly McGrath concluded her high school athletic career without a state title, but the Basalt High School senior left a big impression with the Western Slope League soccer coaches.

The Longhorn senior was voted as the Class 3A, WSL “Player of the Year,” in a vote by the league coaches.

This was the second time in the 2001-2002 school year McGrath has been given that award. She was also the WSL’s Player of the Year in basketball.

McGrath, was one of the state’s top 3A goal scorers. She led the Longhorns with 24 goals.

This fall, McGrath will attend Western Nebraska Community College, where she’s received a basketball scholarship.

McGrath and three other Basalt players – Ashley Eaton, Mariah Mulcahy, and Stephanie Kemp -were voted to the first team. Fellow Longhorns Christie Thompson, Lauren Flood and Natalie Hood were given Honorable Mention status by the coaches.

Third-year coach Heather Walker, who guided Basalt the Longhorns to a 3A state quarterfinal appearance, was voted as the WSL’s “Coach of the Year”.

Other first-team selections included Kelly Waldron, Lacee and Lyndsey Patterson of Aspen, Anna Ingram and Tarn Udall from Roaring Fork along with Eagle Valley’s Sam Phillips and Brooke Baughman.

Area players making the Honorable Mention honor roll are Sita Jacobson and Becky Anderson from Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, plus Roaring Fork’s Erin Young and Chelsea Tiernan.

Others earning Honorable Mention were Alexa Meyer, Devon McCloskey, Nicky Boelens and Meredith Moore (Aspen); Bree Mabley, Lindsay Beasley, Lindsay Kunkel and Vanissa Carroll (Eagle Valley); and Olathe players Brandy Gray and Mandy Chezum.


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