Roaring Fork’s Salinas, Rubio and Coal Ridge’s Riddile named all-league in soccer
Amid a throng of Hotchkiss and Basalt boys soccer players, Coal Ridge’s J.J. Riddile and Roaring Fork’s Bryan Salinas and Diego Rubio found their way onto the All-3A Western Slope League (Region 7) first team.
Coal Ridge’s Eric Schmitz and Roaring Fork goalkeeper Anthony Flores made the all-league squad as honorable mentions.
Rubio, Salinas and Flores helped Roaring Fork to a 3A state playoff appearance and 6-6-3 overall record in 2008, while Riddile, Schmitz and Coal Ridge finished up the year 4-11-0.
Given their domination of the league, it’s no wonder state/league champion Hotchkiss and runner-up Basalt had such hefty all-league representation.
All told, Hotchkiss finished with five first-teamers, including co-players of the year Alex Quinonez and Kasey Sidor. Bulldogs coach Elaine Wood landed the circuit’s coach of the year honors and her team also secured three honorable-mention selections.
The Longhorns landed four players on the first team and had two honorable mentions.
Hotchkiss, which drew players from Delta County high schools, won the Class 3A state title and finished up the season 16-0-4 overall, while Basalt went 10-5-3 overall and advanced three rounds deep into the playoffs.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.