Some déjà vu with all-league team
It’s not a redo, but there’s plenty of similarity between the 2004-05 Class 3A boys Western Slope League basketball team and last year’s selections.This season’s picks, like the year before, are top-heavy with Roaring Fork players. And, just like last season, the Rams came away the big winners.Guard Aaron Markham was named Player of the Year, and head coach Roger Walters earned the league’s Coach of the Year award for the second year in a row.Markham and with Nic Lough, two of the three Rams tabbed to the first team voted on by the league’s coaches, earned the same honors for the 2003-04 season.Christian Tena, the Rams’ other first-team pick, was an honorable mention choice last season. “It was well deserved,” Walters said of all three players being honored. “They carried us all year.”Markham was among the state’s top assist leaders with a 9.3 per-game average while scoring 14 points per contest. “He was our coach on the floor,” Walters said. “Aaron made us go, and he got things done.”When it comes to finishing a play, Lough was one of the best.Equally comfortable scoring inside the paint or from beyond the 3-point arc, Lough led the Rams in points (482), scoring average (18.4 per game), 3-point field goals (59) and shooting percentage (.546).Tena took his skills to a higher level this season. In 26 starts, the junior forward averaged a team-high 8.4 rebounds a game and while scoring a shade under 10 points.Since he took over the reigns as the Rams’ head coach two years ago, Walters’ teams have gone unbeaten 26 straight league games and have not lost to a team on the Western Slope.In the postseason, Walters’ teams have won back-to-back district and regional titles and advanced to either the 3A state championship or consolation champion game.Meanwhile, Basalt boosters can boast about Cody Burkholder and Ben Pollock’s well-deserved second straight first-team selections, along with Darren Duroux.Burkholder led the Longhorns in total points, scoring average and 3-point field goals. Pollack finished the year averaging 12.7 points per game.Duroux gave Basalt a much-needed inside presence. Belting around inside, the Longhorns junior pulled down 6.5 rebounds a game and scored just below double figures on offense. Brandon Baker, of Cedaredge, rounded out the list of players voted to the first team for a second time in as many seasons.Three additional area players – Rams Adam Joiner and Parker Nieslanik and Jamie Wirkler of Basalt – made the honorable mention list.Three additional area players – Rams Adam Joiner and Parker Nieslanik and Jamie Wirkler of Basalt – made the honorable mention list.
Boys Class 3A, All Western Slope League2004-2005 Basketball TeamFirst TeamAspen – Brock Strasbourger, sr., Joe Turner, sr.. Basalt – Cody Burkholder, sr., Darren Duroux, jr., Ben Pollock, jr.. Cedaredge – Brandon Baker, sr., Brett Ellis, sr. . Gunnison – John Soderberg, sr.. Hotchkiss – Brandon Bell, jr. Olathe – Jake Perkins, jr.. Roaring Fork – Nic Lough, sr., Aaron Markham, sr., Christian Tena, jr..Player of the Year – Aaron Markham, Roaring ForkCoach of the Year – Roger Walters, Roaring ForkHonorable MentionAspen – David Porter, sr. Basalt – Jaime Wirkler,jr.. Cedaredge – Nick Brettnauer, sr., Erron Fritchmun, sr. Gunnison – Jake Dalbey, jr., Wes Ochs, sr, Jesse Soderberg, sr. Hotchkiss -Mikel Sparks, sr., Seth Tribble, jr. Olathe – Chris Boyd, jr., Scott Darby, sr. Roaring Fork – Adam Joiner, jr., Parker Nieslanik, jr..Aspen – David Porter, sr. Basalt – Jaime Wirkler,jr.. Cedaredge – Nick Brettnauer, sr., Erron Fritchmun, sr. Gunnison – Jake Dalbey, jr., Wes Ochs, sr, Jesse Soderberg, sr. Hotchkiss -Mikel Sparks, sr., Seth Tribble, jr. Olathe – Chris Boyd, jr., Scott Darby, sr. Roaring Fork – Adam Joiner, jr., Parker Nieslanik, jr..
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