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Durango’s Korte earns first-team all-state honors

Newman, Casillas and cross-country runners also recognized
Nik Korte of Durango High School clears the ball past a Coronado High School player during the first round of Class 4A state playoffs in October. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Three soccer players from La Plata County were recently recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association for their performances this fall.

Durango senior Nik Korte scored first-team all-state honors in Class 4A.

Cedar Newman of Durango High School looks to take a shot against Erie High School in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Newman recently earned an all-state honorable mention. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Bayfield’s Ayden Casillas works to keep possession against Alamosa on Sept. 27, inside Wolverine Country Stadium. Casillas was named to second-team all-state in Class 3A after scoring 24 goals to lead the Wolverines. (Joel Priest/Special to the Herald)

Cedar Newman, also a senior a DHS, earned an all-state honorable mention.

Bayfield freshman Ayden Casillas, meanwhile, was named second-team all-state in Class 3A.

Korte led DHS with 20 goals and assisted nine more this fall. He was also named the 4A Southwestern League’s player of the year after helping DHS win the league crown.

Newman scored 12 goals, assisted 12 and also had 234 steals on the year. Newman also made the conference’s first-team while teammates Gates Linney, Fred Reiter, Sam Caudle, Davis Cameron and Teryk Webber were also recognized by the league. Eleven different players scored at least three goals this season for DHS, helping the Demons outscore their opponents 81-8.

The Demons earned the No. 1 seed in the CHSAA Class 4A state championships after going undefeated in their regular season and finished 15-1 overall.

Casillas, meanwhile, helped Bayfield take second in the 3A Southwest League, reach the playoffs and finish their season 9-4-2 overall. He scored 24 of the team’s 49 goals this season and assisted six more.

Five athletes from Durango High School’s cross-country teams also earned all-state honorable mentions after finishing in the top-30 at the state meet.

From Durango’s girls team, which finished third at state in the team race, senior Willow Lott (19th), senior Nina Quayle (23rd), sophomore Sofia Voss (29th) and sophomore Brynn Aggeler (30th) were all honored.

Sophomore Luke Swenk represented the DHS boys on the all-state roster after placing 21st at the state meet.

“It’s special, especially in our classification,” said DHS head cross-country coach Ron Keller. “There’s some darn good runners at the top and Colorado is one of the best states for producing top runners.”

No Bayfield or Ignacio runners were honored.