Warriors fare well with all-conference awards

Central High School’s football team had some postseason awards added to its stellar season on Monday afternoon when the all-Class 4A Foothills Conference team was released.

Twelve members of the team were recognized, with five receiving first-team all-conference accolades. They helped the Warriors to a 6-5 overall record, a trip to the 4A state playoffs and their first winning season since 2003.

Earning first-team accolades was quarterback E.J. Barrera, wide receivers Jeremy Buniger and Darrion Alton, defensive back Koby Steves and offensive lineman Chris Franklin.

Barrera, a senior, led the classification with 2,789 passing yards (253.9 yards per game) and 25 touchdown passes. He finished 181-of-321 passing with nine interceptions. Leading Class 4A in receiving yardage was Alton, a senior who racked up 1,258 yards. His 72 receptions was ranked second in 4A and third among all wide receivers in Colorado.

Earning second-team recognition were linebackers Joey Estep and Weston Holdren along with offensive linemen Randy Davis, Alexander Haydon and Kory Flynn. Honorable mentions included Central’s Ryan Weller and Trey Ehlers.

Ponderosa, the conference champion, had 20 players who received all-conference recognition, including seven first-team players.

WRESTLING

Western Colorado recently had another prep wrestler commit to a big-time college program when Glenwood Springs senior Myles Wilson signed with Iowa, the nation’s third-ranked Division I team, earlier this month.

Wilson, as a junior, won the Class 4A state championship at 170 pounds this past season and finished second at 152 pounds as a sophomore at Glenwood. The signing was first reported by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Wilson will move up to 182 pounds this season. Earlier this year, Bo Pipher, who finished his prep career as a three-time Class 2A state champion at Paonia, signed with defending national champion Penn State.


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