Five recent graduates got one more chance to represent Salida High School in competition at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games June 4-8 at Adams State University in Alamosa.
Seniors Eli Smith (wrestling), Vince DeLeo (football), Alejandra Godina (basketball), Juan Doyle (spirit) and Abigail Krivanik (spirit) all joined some of the best athletes in the state at the games.
In the football game, DeLeo played linebacker for the South, which pulled away from the North in the fourth quarter to win the game, 31-17, Friday night at Rex Field. It was the South’s first win over the North since a 28-27 win in 2011.
Godina played for the White team in the girls’ basketball mini tournament. White lost its first game in the semifinals, 47-36, to Red. The White team, however, bounced back in the third-place game to beat Black, 49-25. Godina scored 5 points in the two games.
Smith took on Pueblo East’s Dominic Robles in a battle of 220-pound state wrestling champions on Friday. Smith almost got the first takedown, but the two wrestlers went out of bounds before he was able to spin behind Robles. Robles later scored with a single leg, but Smith scrambled free for an escape just before the first period ended, nearly putting Robles on his back.
In the second period, Smith used a nice mat return to keep Robles from escaping, but Robles eventually got free and then took Smith down again.
Trailing 5-1 in the third, Smith chose to start on his feet in the neutral position. In the last minute, however, Robles took Smith down to his back for a 5-point move and held on to win the match, 10-1. Smith’s Red team, however, prevailed 28-23 over Blue.
Doyle and Krivanik performed some stunts together on the spirit team. They cheered during the football game and the basketball finals.
Seven sports were represented at the games, including golf, softball and volleyball.