County athletes honored
By Wayne Crick
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 8:54 am
A number of deserving athletes in Delta County were selected to various all-conference and all-state teams from fall sports programs. The following is a capsulation of awards given to Delta County athletes, in some cases both all-conference and all-state honors. This list of elite athletes was compiled by Cedaredge High School's Kirby Henderson.
All-state honors are recognized by several different organizations. CHSCA (Colorado High School Coaches Association) hosts the main all-state games only made for seniors. They are hosting their 60th annual games this coming June.
CCGS (Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports) hosts all-state games for volleyball, basketball and softball with only senior girls earning nominations.
CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) selects teams in conjunction with MaxPreps and ColoradoPreps. These nominations are open to freshman-seniors, but do not host games.
Colorado MileSplit recognizes all-state for cross country and track.
The Bruins placed several athletes on elite squads for fall sports participation.
Shayna Dale was selected to this past year's All-Conference softball team.
In volleyball, six Bruins were honored with selections to all-conference teams in the 1A/2A WSL division. Included in those selections were First Team honorees Amber Jenkins, Kenzie Henderson, Nellie Freeman and Kendall McHugh. Honorable Mention selections included Lydia Knutson and Hannah Gilmore.
Henderson was named the Player of the Year in 1A/2A WSL play and coach Heather Dunbar was this year's Coach of the Year.
All-state honors in volleyball went to Henderson, who made the CHSCA 60th Annual Colorado All-State Games to be held in Alamosa this June. Henderson also played in the CCGS games in November. Knutson made the second team for the CHSAA team.
All-conference football honors for Cedaredge included First Team players Tyler Cooper, Ethan Fritchman, Anthony Antuna and Christian Reynolds. Jacob Ostrom and Tre' LaBossiere were on the Honorable Mention list. Fritchman was named to the second team for CHSAA all-state honors.
Delta's Panthers were honored with several players named to the 4A WSL all-conference softball team. Lily Lockhart was on the All-Conference team and made the All-State Honorable Mention Team for CHSAA.
Delta landed three volleyball players on the First Team All-Conference Team, Ashton Reece, Emily Baier and Emily Nortnik. Shanan Davey was an Honorable Mention selection.
The Panthers were honored, as a team, with an Academic All-State selection.
After an outstanding football season, Delta's Panthers were rewarded with two players, Stephen Davignon and Jonny Ponce, being selected to the CHSAA All-State First Team. Livan Santander made the second team and Honorable Mention went to Tristan Brown, Beau Byers and Kole Roberts.
Hotchkiss' Samantha Galley played for Cedarege during the 2015 softball campaign and was honored with her selection to the CHSCA 60th annual games for softball.
The Bulldogs' Wade Katzdorn made the Honorable Mention Team for CHSAA in football.
In cross country, Mae Anderson made the second team for the Colorado MileSplit Team.
Another big year in fall sports landed numerous athletes on post-season elite teams.
Several volleyball players were honored for the Eagles. Taylor Carsten made the CHSCA 60th games and played in the CCGS games in November. Ashley Van Vleet also played in the CCGS game and made Honorable Mention for the CHSAA team.
McKenna Palmer was a First Team selection to the CHSAA team.
Paonia's football team was once again an elite team in Class 1A and played for a fourth title last season.
Taylor Walters made the CHSCA 60th games and was named to the CHSAA First Team.
Joining Walters on the First Team All-State list were teammates Will Darling, Jeramiah Hillman, Warren Minerich and Trevor Smith.
Dagan Rienks made the Second Team (CHSAA) and Cyrus Malek-Madani was an Honorable Mention selection for the highly respected Eagles.