MCHS All-Fall Athletes
By David Pressgrove
Daily Press Writer
The Moffat County High School athletic teams provided ample excitement on the field, course and court this fall.
From the soccer team defeating Steamboat Springs for the first time in school history, to both cross country teams finishing near the top of the state. The football team returned to the playoffs, the volleyball team defeated Battle Mountain in districts as well as placing third in its opening tournament and the golf team battled the elements at the regional tournament.
The following are the Craig Daily Press’ MCHS All-Fall athletes a group of 23 athletes chosen by their coaches and the Craig Daily Press sports staff for exceptional athletic leadership and accomplishment in the fall of ’02.
Sr. Evan Pressley
Pressley started the season with two first-place finishes on the golf team’s trip to the southern Western Slope. He had the leading stroke average on the team the past two years and was on the regional team for three.
Sr. Cody DeGuelle
DeGuelle was a state qualifier as a junior and took turns as Moffat County’s top golfer with Evan Pressley this season. “Cody was a hard worker who made major changes in swings and was able to pull it off this season,” said coach Ken Harjes.
Sr. Garrett Schopper
Schopper played on the MCHS regional team the last two years and coach Ken Harjes credited him with being an inspiration to other golfers on the team. “Garrett has been the most improved golfer the last three years and he showed that if you put in the time you can make the varsity team,” Harjes said.
Sr. Eric Havrilla
Havrilla led the MCHS soccer team in goals as well as assists. He scored the winning goal in the team’s first victory over Steamboat Springs in its 11-year existence. He was also named to the Western Slope Conference All-Conference team.
Sr. Brandon Duarte
Duarte was a daunting presence in the goal this year for the Bulldogs. The three-year starter tied for the third-best goal-per-minute average in class 4A soccer. Coach Mick Havrilla credited him with keeping his team in close games with numerous big saves.
Jr. Derek Thompson
Thompson was a WSC Honorable Mention selection as many coaches cited his consistent play through the season. Coach Mick Havrilla said Thompson “showed great leadership ability” on and off the field.
Sophomore Brandie Telfer
Telfer was voted by the volleyball team as the MVP for the season. The WSC Honorable Mention All Conference member was called a “team player with a winning attitude” by coach Rosie Lear. She was also voted the team’s best serve receiver.
Sr. Kate Schafer
Schafer was voted as the player to give the “most sacrifice” on the court by her team. The outside hitter was named to the WSC Honorable Mention All Conference team. Lear said Schafer “left everything she had to contribute to the game on the floor.”
Sr. Amanda Tomlinson
Tomlinson developed a jump serve toward the end of the season to help the Bulldogs defeat Battle Mountain in the district tournament. Her teammates voted her the “Best Server” and coach Lear said she “inspired the team with her effort and made some big plays for us throughout the season.”
Sr. Danielle Brown
Brown led the Bulldogs to second place in cross country at the state meet. She won five races this year including the Class 4A West Regional. Her fourth-place finish at state was her best while she finished in the top 15 two other times.
Sr. Laurel Mortensen
Mortensen ran cross country just two seasons but finished in the top 15 at the state meet each year. She won two races this season and was the West Regional runner-up.
Sr. Sheila McNicol
McNicol capped off the season with a 10th-place finish at the state meet to earn All-State honors. McNicol was awarded the “Most Improved Runner” on the team after recovering from an injury at the state meet last year.
So. Angela Nelson
Nelson joined the team for the first time after playing volleyball her freshman year. She came on at the end of the season and finished 33rd at the state meet and will be the top returning runner for next year’s tradition-rich girls cross country team.
Jr. Camillia Bird
Bird joined the team for the first time this year and made an immediate impact in the middle of the pack for the Bulldogs. Her 13th-place finish at the West Region earned her Honorable Mention honors in the conference and, along with Nelson, will be a team leader next year.
Sr. Bryce Ellgen
Ellgen finished a stellar cross country career this year with a 19th-place finish and Honorable Mention All-State honors. He earned the MCHS’ 2002 Most Valuable Runner award on the boys side and was the first finisher for the sixth-place team in 4A every race.
Jr. Anthony Loughran
Loughran decided this season was the time to take cross country seriously and, in doing so, he earned the team’s “Most Improved Runner” award. Loughran’s 22nd-place finish at state was just out of honorable mention status. He will be the top returning runner on a team that should have five of seven varsity runners back next year.
Jr. Justin Ellgen
Ellgen hopped off the soccer field and onto the cross country course this season and helped solidify the middle pack for the boys team. He made the Honorable Mention All Region team. His continued improvement throughout the season helped the Bulldogs reach their highest place in state in nine years.
Jr. Aaron Sanchez
Sanchez took the starting job as quarterback and ran with it he passed, too. Sanchez anchored the offense with 1,183 yards passing and 542 running. He brought a triple threat to opposing defenses with the ability to throw, run or dish on the option.
Sr. Danny Torgerson
Torgerson was a thief for the Bulldogs in a good sense of the word. The defensive back grabbed eight interceptions and opposing offenses were rarely effective in their passing game against MCHS with Torgerson’s fly-paper coverage.
Jr. Nick Goodenow
Goodenow came on once the Western Slope Conference season started. The defensive end racked up 13 sacks to rank him in the top five of Class 3A football.
Sr. Alan Horrocks
Horrocks teamed up with Goodenow to make it difficult for teams to turn the corner in the running game. Horrocks was limited in tackles during the season but, according to defensive coordinator Lance Scranton, it was because teams always ran to the opposite side to stay away from him.
Sr. Eric Bastow
Bastow led the Bulldogs on the ground this season with 612 yards and 12 touchdowns. Coach Kip Hafey credited him with being a leader for the team and a tough runner.
Jr. Cody Palmer
Palmer was the Bulldogs top wide receiver with 19 receptions and 444 yards. At least once a game, Palmer could be seen burning a defensive back for the opportunity of a big gain. Palmer and Sanchez should be lethal weapons for the offensive attack of the Bulldogs next season.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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