Roaring Fork, Basalt players make 2A WSC first team
Roaring Fork and Basalt players fared well when the Class 2A Western Slope Conference doled out its postseason football honors.Roaring Fork had five players named to the first team, including the lineman of the year, while the Longhorns finished with three first-teamers and the back and punter of the year.Basalt’s Clayton Peetz captured back of the year honors after he racked up almost 1,300 yards while playing hurt for much of the season. The senior finished the season eighth in rushing yardage in Class 2A. “Clayton has a lot of natural talent and ability, so he deserves a lot of the credit,” Basalt head coach Forrest Grosh said. “But I don’t want to short-change the offensive line either. We had a solid offensive line and that helps with any back.”The lineman of the year, however, comes off the Roaring Fork squad. Senior Pat Amborn got the nod as the conference’s top man in the trenches.Other Roaring Fork players on the first team include senior quarterback/defensive back Aaron Markham, and juniors Jake Bowman (running back/linebacker), Christian Tena (running back/linebacker) and Parker Nieslanik (receiver/defensive back).Longhorn junior J.T. Donovan was named the punter of the year. Basalt senior lineman Justin Kovack and senior quarterback/defensive back Cody Burkholder also earned spots on the first team.The Rams and Longhorns each had three honorable mention players. Riley Eaton, Conor Meyer and Ari Wolters made the list for Basalt. Rams Jason Holton, Trevor Hunt and Cody Jeffryes were also on the list.Bob Howard of league-champion Gunnison was named coach of the year.A complete all-conference list was not available.
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