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Roaring Fork Rams feel they have something to prove

Jon Mitchell
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Roaring Fork High School goalkeeper Colin O'Gorman prepares to make a save during the Rams' practice in Carbondale on Tuesday.
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ROARING FORK FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

VOLLEYBALL

Head coach: Jenn Dority (Second season)

Last season: 12-13 overall, 4-5 Class 3A Western Slope League (sixth place), lost in regional round of Class 3A state tournament.

Key returners: Emily Fuller, Sr., OH; Grave Brown, Jr., OH; Madilyn Kuhl, Jr., OH.

Others to watch: Leelah Ahumada, Soph., MH.

Outlook: The Rams graduated a lot of experience from not only last year’s team, but from the team that two years ago made its second consecutive trip to the Class 3A State Championships in Denver. Fuller, the only senior on the roster, comes back after a season compiling 101 kills and a 91.1-percent serving percentage. Her experience, along with the playing time that Brown and Kuhl had in 2013, will be valuable to a team unit that may be focusing on fundamentals this season.

BOYS SOCCER

Head coach: Nick Forbes (Second season)

Last season: 11-3-2 overall, 5-1-1 Class 3A Western Slope League (second place), lost to Fountain Valley in first round of Class 3A state tournament.

Key returners: Lalo Clemente, Sr., C/MF; Ben Carpenter, Sr., MF/C; Eric Carillo, Sr., S/F; Gustavo Oliva, Jr., MF/F; Ariel Palomera, Sr., MF; Colin O’Gorman, Jr., GK; Misael Ramos, sr., MF/F; Lorenzo Andrade, Soph., D; Abraham Hernandez, Sr., F; Eddie Meraz, Sr. D.

Others to watch: Axel Palomera, Soph., D; Jaffiel Carillo, Fr., D.

Outlook: Roaring Fork, following its second-place finish in the league standings, returns 10 starters from a season ago. That includes Clemente (12 goals), Carpenter (10) and Carillo (10), who finished as the team’s top goal scorers last season. A full season of summer soccer, Forbes said, is something he hopes will give the rams the edge they need to not only return to the postseason, but advance past the first round and possibly farther.

CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork High School’s boys soccer team doesn’t like what the Colorado prep soccer world thinks of it.

Rather, the Rams don’t like that they’re an afterthought.

“We noticed that in the boys soccer polls, there was only one person out there who voted for us in the poll,” second-year Roaring Fork coach Nick Forbes said. “The guys this year are out to prove that those people who didn’t vote for them are wrong.”

Roaring Fork, based on last season’s finish, would have been considered a Top 10 team. That’s because the Rams, who finished second in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings to Coal Ridge, were one of eight teams selected to host the first and second rounds of the 3A state playoffs. Roaring Fork, however, lost 1-0 to Fountain Valley out of Colorado Springs in the first round.

This year, Roaring Fork feels like it has some unfinished business to attend to.

“I think that if some of those people could come out here and see just how well this group has come together, they’d see how good this team could be,” said Forbes, whose team finished 11-3-2 overall last season. “These guys fully expect to win a lot of games.”

Notwithstanding, Roaring Fork’s volleyball team has also had a recent history of success. The Rams returned to the 3A state playoffs last season, but fell short of reaching the 3A State Championships for the third consecutive year.

This year, second-year coach Jenn Dority said, it could be much more difficult for Roaring Fork to reach that level of play.

“This is going to be a rebuilding year,” Dority said. “We need to get fundamentals dialed in and perfected and be comfortable with ourselves on the floor. That’s our first priority right now.”

Roaring Fork’s boys soccer team begins the season Sept. 2 at Aspen. Roaring Fork starts its season on Friday at the annual Demon Invitational volleyball tournament at Glenwood Springs High School.


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