Paul’s All-League in soccer

Ignacio's Angel Paul cancels and clears
Ignacio's Angel Paul (second from right) cancels and clears a potential Telluride attack – to the chagrin of Lady Miner Renny Engbring (21) – during neutral-site play in Cortez during the 2013 season. Both were named First Team All-SWL for their efforts.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

If the Lady Bobcats’ Nicole Williams-Destinee Lucero goaltending tandem was the team’s last line of defense, now-graduated senior Angel Paul was its second-to-last.

And opposing coaches took notice of her knack to lead from the back, awarding her First Team All-Southwestern status for 2013.

Junior midfielder Cheyenne Cook was a Second Team recipient, while Mary Kate Adams – another piece needing replacement in Ignacio’s puzzle by next spring – was named as Ignacio’s rep on the All-Sportsmanship Team, which also included Alamosa’s Elise Tolley, Bayfield’s Sonja Fleming, Center’s Grace Stults, Pagosa Springs’ Angie Gallegos, Ridgway’s Grace Benasutti and Telluride’s Toni Hill.

Receiving Player of the Year honors, Hill headed up the First Team selections including Lady Miner teammates Sarah Wontrobski, Ryan Hanley, Renny Engbring and Gina DiStefano. Lindsey Reinmuth, Jordyn Harrison, Maddy Duran, Effie Nistler and Jaida Ross represented SWL champions Bayfield, and Blake Faucett, Amanda Martinez, and Nicole Broyles represented AHS.

Pagosa Springs’ honorees were Maddy Davey, Katie Blue and Haleigh Zenz, Benasutti and Scarlet Holvenstot were picked from Ridgway’s roster, and Norma Chavez – the league’s Goalie of the Year – joined Stults from CHS.

Additional Second Team choices were Alamosa’s Taylor Nye/Tayleur Hillis scoring punch, Bayfield’s Fleming and Grace Harvey, Center’s Megan McKibbon, Pagosa’s Johannah Laverty, Ridgway’s Alma Johnson, and Telluride’s Cirkine Sherry and Erin Pihl.

Brandon Selby was named Coach of the Year after his Center Lady Vikings recorded an almost-unheard-of 5-9-1 overall mark, and went 4-8-0 (including sweeps of IHS and RHS, as well as a quality 1-0 loss at PSHS) in the Southwestern.

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