Rippy, Feeley named to WSL first team
Two defensive specialists received first-team honors in a recent vote by Class 4A Western Slope League girls soccer coaches.Tobie Rippy, a senior at Glenwood Springs, and her counterpart, Leah Feeley of Rifle, were the only area players to make the 2006 first-team list. It’s the second time in as many seasons Rippy was selected to the first team.Although she prefers to prevent goals, Rippy, when needed, also has the ability to score. In 2006, the GSHS grad-to-be was the Demons’ second-leading scorer.
Last year, Rippy led the Demons with 10 goals.Feeley’s contributions on the back side of the midfield stripe were a key factor in the Bears making the Class 4A state playoffs and a third-place finish in the WSL.Five additional area players – three from Rifle and two from Glenwood – were tabbed for honorable mention.
It’s a repeat honor for Bears sophomore forward Chelsea Webb, who led all area 4A soccer players in scoring with nine goals and three assists. Joining her on the honorable mention list are junior goalkeeper Kadie LaRocque and forward Mindy Gonzales, a sophomore.Chelsea Vallario, the Demons’ top scorer, and forward Ali Brown were also honored.Steamboat’s Kelly Labor was voted as the Class 4A WSL’s player of the year for the second year in a row. Julie Mottern of Delta County earned the nod as the league’s coach of the year.
Roaring Fork goalkeeper/forward Jessica Smeins and the Rams’ Taylor Wagner headed the list of Class 3A, all-league first-team area honorees. Two more standouts – Coal Ridge goalie Vanessa Hinojos and Beda Calhoun from Colorado Rocky Mountain School – were also picked to the first team.Titans forward Erica Ruiz, Halley Keating of CRMS and Roaring Fork senior Whitney Campbell earned honorable mention accolades.Jessi Graf and Chris Woods, both of Basalt High School, were voted as the 3A Western Slope League’s player of the year and coach of the year, respectively.The complete 3A and 4A teams appear in today’s scoreboard on page 9.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.