Pinela, Townsley are fall Male Athletes of the Month
Starting a new monthly piece here at the Post Independent, we decided to expand our coverage of the student-athletes in the valley by going from just one Athlete of the Year award to Athlete of the Month awards. That being said, November was a very slow month for local sports, so we’ve decided to honor the winners from September and October for the November Athlete of the Month, starting with the male winners today.
Back in October, Roaring Fork’s Aldo Pinela was awarded the September Male Athlete of the Month award. Pinela was an instrumental piece of the Roaring Fork football team, serving as a captain and leader of the offense as a dual-threat running back. On the year, Pinela rushed for 397 yards and four touchdowns on just 73 carries, while adding nine receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Rams to a 3-6 (3-2 2A Western Slope League) record on the year.
For his accomplishments on the football field, Pinela was named a First Team All-Conference back for the Rams, fulfilling an individual goal of his coming into the season.
Joining Pinela as a PI Male Athlete of the Month, Glenwood Springs senior quarterback Jake Townsley was awarded the October Male Athlete of the Month in November following a stellar finish to his final season for the Demons.
While on the field, Townsley had a standout year, throwing for 1,071 yards and five touchdowns while adding 768 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 122 carries. As one of the top players on the Glenwood offense, Townsley helped lead the Demons to 5-5 (3-2 3A Western Slope League) record in 2016, falling excruciatingly short of a playoff berth.
With all of the accomplishments on the field for the duo, Townsley and Pinela are just as instrumental in the community as well, serving as great role models for not only teammates and friends in school, but for younger generations in the valley that have grown up watching these two in various activities.
As a student-athlete, Townsley said back in November that he wanted to break the stereotype of athletes not really caring about school.
“I definitely want to break that mold,” Townsley said to the PI in November. “I don’t want to say anything bad about any teacher whatsoever, but I feel like some could have that thought of us as lazy students right off the bat. It’s important for me to put in the work and have success in the classroom just as much as it’s important for me to have success in whatever sport I’m playing. I think being more successful in the classroom can be more successful in transitioning into athletics. It’s a confidence thing because if you’re doing well in the classroom, it takes weight off of you as an athlete.”
It’s safe to say these two work as diligently in the classroom as they do preparing for games in their various sports.
Townsley and Pinela will graduate this spring while leaving behind solid legacies within their respective schools. With that said, we couldn’t think of two more deserving male athletes of the month for the PI.