TELLURIDE – Telluride High School sports teams earned regional and statewide praise this fall, in soccer, volleyball, cheer, golf, and cross-country.
But athletic excellence isn’t all that Telluride high school athletes have going for them, as evidenced by this week’s by the Colorado High School Activities Association’s announcement of this season’s Academic All-State teams. Thirty-three fall athletes, from all five fall sports at Telluride High, received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in the activities arena.
Telluride Athletics Director Mike Hughes sang the praises of the Telluride students. “What a special group of young people we have at Telluride High School,” he said. “The accomplishments of our students in the classroom and in the athletic arena is a direct indication that our kids keep their priorities in their proper place and know that excellence is a habit formed through diligence. What a great capstone to our most successful athletic fall sports season in school history and we still have state cheer coming this week. This is truly a special group of student-athletes that we have at THS. I am very proud of them.”
To earn Academic All-State status, a student must be a significant contributor on his/her athletic team, meet specific academic criteria of the program; be a participant in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activities and be a junior or senior in academic standing.
Of the 33 athletes who earned the award, 26 were given First Team honors ( awarded to those with a 3.60 or higher GPA). Students with grade point averages 3.30-3.59 earned honorable mention recognition.
CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico emphasized the importance of recognizing students for their strengths on all fronts. “The Academic All-State program continues to showcase the impressive student we have in our programs. This program is one of just a few that honors those special individuals who have succeeded in the classroom, as well as in their chosen activities.” Angelico said in a press release.
“We know through a myriad of research that those students who participate in high school activities are more likely to remain in school, miss fewer days and enjoy greater success in life. A Colorado study shows that the average participant in our state holds a 3.06 GPA. Interscholastic activities are a critical ingredient in the education of our young people,” he added.
The following student-athletes earned First team Academic All-State honors:
Volleyball – Sarah Wontrobski, Erin Kean, Shelby Brier, Carson Brumley, Ryan Niebruegge
Golf – Connor Courter, Sam Demas, Jordan Gardner, and Max Bailis
Boys Soccer – Jared Balkind, Keith Hill, Slator Aplin, Nico Shapiro, Malcolm Major, Jonathon Young, and Fletcher Reich
Competitive Cheer – Terra Hazen, Keenan Zeller, Cirkine Sherry, Griffin Hirsch, Brooke Skelton, Robin Kondracki, Emma Gerona
Girls Cross Country – Rachel Hampton and Jessie Hild
Boys’ Cross Country – Cory Page
Honorable Mention All-State:
Volleyball – Scout Franklin, Morgan Mackie
Boys Soccer – Bridger Johnson
Competitive Cheer – Morgan Fansler, Sierra Sandoval, Sarah Barr
Boys Cross Country – Dylan Newell