Preps make a splash in state poll
Western Slope prep athletes earned all-state honors on four different spring sports teams lists released this weekend.Recent graduates Taylor Wilde, of Glenwood Springs, and Adam Krick, who prepped at Rifle High School, received honorable mention on the Denver Posts Class 4A all-state baseball team.Both players led their respective teams in batting average in 2005. Wilde had 33 hits and compiled a .532 average with 17 RBIs. Krick hit .492 for the Bears with 18 RBIs. Rifles John Alderson garnered honorable mention from the Post in the long jump and triple jump among Class 4A boys in track and field, as did shot-putter Andrew Stone.Both qualified for the 2005 state meet and set new school records.Alderson, who received a partial track scholarship at the University of Wyoming, had area best marks of 23 feet, 3 1/2 inches in the long jump and 46-3 in the triple jump.Stone broke a decades-long Rifle school shot-put record with a 52-9 1/4 throw.
Two other Demons athletes Damien Gucwa and Jacy Reynolds were selected to the honorable mention 4A rosters in boys swimming and girls golf, respectively.Gucwa advanced to the 4A state meet for the second time in as many seasons and holds the schools boys breaststroke record. Reynolds, the 2005 Western regional runner-up and a two-time 4A state qualifier, earned an athletic scholarship at Division I McNeese State (Lake Charles, La.) University.Additionally, the Post voted Basalt sophomore Katie Staerkel and junior Maddie Hoffman as first-team picks to the Class 3A all-state girls soccer team.Staerkel and Longhorns teammate Jessica Graf were also tabbed as first-teamers by the Colorado Girls Soccer Coaches Association to its 2005 Class 3A all-state team.Hoffman and Sofie Stenstadvold were voted to the second team. Megan Ziegel, of Roaring Fork, earned honorable mention. Tobie Rippy, of Glenwood, received honorable mention on the 4A squad.
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