The Bayfield Wolverines were rewarded for their first trip to the state soccer playoffs. The Wolverines landed four players on the All-Mountain League girls soccer team announced this week.
Bayfield coach Jen Zelinski, a former standout player at Fort Lewis College, was named the conference coach of the year in voting by her peers.
Zelinski and the Wolverines charged into the Class 3A state playoffs for the first time ever this season. They advanced as the No. 2 seed from the Mountain League.
The Wolverines lost 4-0 at Coal Ridge High School (New Castle) in the first round of the playoffs, finishing with a 6-2-3 overall record.
BHS seniors Megan Lane, Mady Freeman and Amber Howlett were selected to the team by the league's coaches.
Teammate Keenan Moreta, a BHS freshman, was named all-league honorable mention.
"Those seniors (Lane, Freeman, Howlett) have been the keystone of our program the last three years. They've all become leaders. All of our younger girls look up to them," Zelinski said.
"They have worked so hard the last three years. I'm glad they (were selected)," the BHS coach said.
Senior Michal Fagrelius of Ridgway led the all-star voting and was named the conference player of the year.
Seniors Sam Willits, Louisa Clark, Stine Austed and junior Willa Johnson of Ridgway also were named all-conference.
Telluride's first-team selections were seniors Madison Ward, Maddie Crowell, Hannah Smith and Natalie Brown.
Pagosa Springs sophomores Kassiday Smith and Alyssa Laydon joined the all-conference list this year.
Nichole Hunt, another sophomore from Pagosa Springs, was named all-league honorable mention along with Eimi Cavez, a freshman from Center.
Zelinski, who was named coach of the year for the second time in three seasons, said she was surprised she received the award this year ... "particularly since Ridgway had such a great year." She said the Wolverines deserve the credit that led to her coach of the year selection.
"I've got to thank all the girls," Zelinski said. "They bring out the best in me, and I hope I can bring out the best in them."