Over the holiday break most people put the prep sports talk to the side as they prepared for their holiday plans with family and friends. The first part of the winter season sports including basketball and wrestling was put on hold while we all turned to Christmas and New Years’ celebrations.
But one list that came out from CHSAA was under the radar but is one that needs to be reported. That list is the 8-Man and 6-Man Football All-State selections. These athletes are considered the best of the best in their given football divisions.
In the 8-Man ranks the Valley teams of Holly, Granada, Wiley, McClave, and Springfield was represented well with Holly getting into the state semifinals. The following local athletes from these schools were named to the Colorado 8-Man All-State team:
Jesus “Gustavo” Dominguez, Holly, Junior, Wide Receiver, Defensive End, and Outside Linebacker.
Erick Chaparro, Holly, Junior, Running Back, Interior Linebacker, Kick Returns
Beau Dukes, Springfield, Junior, Quarterback, Linebacker
Robert Gutierrez, Holly, Senior, Running Back, Safety, Kick Returns
Ian Beckett, McClave, Senior
Ken Cox, McClave, Senior
Devon Jara, Granada, Junior, QB
Tate Rohr, Wiley, Senior, TE/OLB
The 6-Man division includes the smallest schools in the state, but it also features some great athletes in a fast-paced, high-scoring game. Area schools including Eads, Kit Carson, Genoa-Hugo, and Cheyenne Wells were well-represented on the All-State 6-Man Football list:
Wyatt Fishler, Cheyenne Wells, Senior, All-Purpose Player
William Hornung, Kit Carson, Senior, All-Purpose Player
Jayden McCombs-Farmer, Kit Carson, Sophomore, Running Back
Caid Smith, Genoa-Hugo, Senior, Running Back, Safety
Quade Pelton, Cheyenne Wells, Sophomore, All-Purpose
Trevor Randel, Eads, Senior, Running Back, Linebacker
T.J. Conaway, Kit Carson, Junior
Damian Hernandez, Eads, Senior, Tight End, Linebacker
Nicholas Knutson, Genoa-Hugo, Senior, Running Back, Safety
Beau Roth, Cheyenne Wells, Senior
Noah Scheimer, Cheyenne Wells, Senior
Voting for the All-State selections are received from coaches from across the state.