LeFevre tops SWL volleyball team

All season, senior Joelle LeFevre was like a magician for the Fruita Monument volleyball team.

The senior libero amazed opponents, teammates and coaches with her ability to dig and save hard-hit balls. Her play this season helped the Wildcats make the state tournament for the first time since 1981, and now she’s been selected the player of the year in the Class 5A/4A Southwestern League.

Four Fruita Monument players from its senior-laden team earned spots on the 2013 All-Southwestern League volleyball team, announced Thursday

Joining LeFevre on the first team are Jordan Eatwell and Loryn Chiapuzio. MacKenzie Schuller made the second team. All are seniors.

Wildcats’ coach Bob Richardson is the league’s top coach. Fruita Monument went 21-6 overall and 9-1 in the league.

Rounding out the first team is Emily Sanburg and Shea Neill of Montrose, Durango’s Bella Bernazzani and Naomi Pennecosse of Montezuma-Cortez.

Grand Junction and Central placed two players each on the second team.

Courtney Gopinath and Morgan Quast earned spots for the Tigers. Taylor Head and Rayleigh Norton made the team for Central.

Brooke White of Montrose and Gabi Razma of Durango were the other players on the second team.

Class 4A WSL volleyball

LaRose Currie of Battle Mountain and Delaney Gaddis of Glenwood Springs are co-players of the year in the Class 4A All-Western Slope League.

Battle Mountain, which went 12-0 in the league, placed three players each on the first and second teams.

Palisade’s Amber Crigger and Delta’s Shelby Curtis were selected to the first team.

Juniors Alyssa Chutka of Palisade and Delta’s Haley Millard made the second team.

Class 4A WSL boys soccer

Delta freshman Abraham Ontiveros made the Class 4A All-Western Slope League first team. The talented forward, who was the lone freshman on the team, led the Panthers to playoffs and a 12-3-1 record. He finished with 13 goals and seven assists.

He was joined on the first team by teammate Kempton Albee, a senior midfielder.

Palisade senior Damick Kinson and Junior Calvillo, a senior from Rifle, also earned first-team selections.

Delta placed three players on the second team: Kai Maulhardt, Luis Jimenez and Nathaniel Gomez. Palisade has two players on the second team: Austin Stelmach and Alejandro Gutierrez.

Rifle’s Aleks Rivas made the second team.

Class 4A WSL softball

Delta, which went 6-0 to claim the Western Slope League title, had four players selected to the all-league first team and another on the second team.

Brianna Music and Rifle’s Emma Speer were named co-players of the year.

Music hit .583 with 32 RBI and had a .597 on-base percentage for the Panthers. Speer, the Bears’ shortstop, hit .439 with 22 RBI and scored 25 runs.

Kasha Culver, a Delta senior, hit .453 and scored 31 runs.

Lily Lockart and Megan Sandoval were the other Panthers on the first team. Kielee Womack made the second team.

Lockhart and Sandoval made huge impacts as freshmen for the Panthers. Lockhart had 10 home runs, 32 RBI and finished with a .482 batting average. Sandoval hit .536 and had an on-base percentage of .610.

Rifle senior Brittany Neuroth made the first team after hitting .458 Lockhart an on-base percentage of .587.

Palisade’s Danica DeLahoz had a good season on the mound with a 4.00 ERA and 61 strikeouts to earn a first-team nod as a junior. Senior Jenna Lucas hit .351 with a .430 on-base percentage to make the first team for the Bulldogs.

Keilee Womack, a Delta sophomore, made the second team. Palisade placed two seniors on the second team: Ashley O’Banion and Trenna Morgan. Rifle also had two second-teamers: sophomore Emily Neuroth and senior pitcher Taylor Gore.

For a complete list of all-league players, see page 5B.


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