Rams coach, player receive state honors
The awards just keep pouring in for Roaring Fork boys basketball coach Roger Walters. His latest, and perhaps most notable, came Thursday when the Denver Post named him the Class 3A Coach of the Year.Walters, who was also honored as the 3A Western Slope League Coach of the Year after recording a 23-3 season, led the Rams to their third straight WSL Championship, third consecutive state tournament appearance and second straight state championship game.
The Rams lost to Denver Christian in the title game.The star of the Rams’ squad, Christian Tena, also received honors from the Denver Post as he was named to 3A’s first team. Tena, who was named the WSL’s top senior last month, averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals in the 2005-06 season.
Glenwood swimmer Emily McDonald not only made the Class 4A all-state team, but was also named to the All-Colorado squad. The junior, who took home two state titles in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, was one of two 4A swimmers to make the 13-girl roster.McDonald, a student at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, competes for Glenwood because CRMS does not field a girls swim team.
Landing another first-team honor was Rifle wrestler Luke Wooten, the Class 4A 130-pound state champion. The senior was placed on the roster after posting a 34-2 record. He also won a state title in his junior year. In 4A hoops, Glenwood Springs senior Michael Flohr was given honorable mention. Flohr sank 53 3-pointers, averaged 19 points per game and led the Demons in scoring with 456 points throughout the season.Sam McKinley, a junior on the Grand Valley basketball team, was placed on Class 2A’s second team. McKinley averaged 15 points and hit 60 treys in the season. Cardinal teammate Dylan Culver nabbed honorable mention, averaging 16 points and nailing 65 3-pointers.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.