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Rambo, Carithers named all-state in lacrosse

Seven Demons named all-league
Jaden Rambo of Durango High School moves the ball during a lacrosse game at DHS. The senior defender recently earned second-team all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Durango High School senior lacrosse player Jaden Rambo was named second-team All-State recently by the Colorado High School Activities Association, earning the program’s highest honor in its history.

“I always felt she was one of the best defenders in the state the last two years,” DHS head coach Eric Elliot said. “Unfortunately, defenders don’t get many flashy stats so it’s hard for them to get the recognition they deserve. For the past three years, she was always put on the opponents’ highest scorer and for the most part, she turned them into a nonfactor. Being named to the first team all-league and second team all-state is just a perfect way for her to cap off a spectacular season and career. She is such a hard worker and her teammates’ biggest supporter; these honors were definitely well deserved and earned.”

Annabel Carithers of Durango High School scores a goal against Grand Junction High School this spring. Carithers earned her second all-state honorable mention award for her performance. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Junior Annabel Carithers was also honored by CHSAA, earning her second-straight all-state honorable mention award.

“She is a tenacious player on both sides of the ball,” Elliot said. “This year she stepped up her game by getting her teammates involved more. She was second on our team this year in assists (15). It was nice to see especially since she faced double teams all year and still led the team in points scored (43) along with ground balls (65) and caused turnovers (40).”

Those two players were joined by five of their teammates on the 4A Mountain West all-league teams.

Senior Victoria Barletta and sophomore goalie Fiona Chandler joined Rambo and Carithers on the all-league first team.

Sophomores Kyana Newcomer-Ball, Silvie Bosmans and Sofia Naffziger each received second-team honors.

“To have seven kids voted to the all league team is pretty amazing,” Elliot said. “While these are individual awards, it really speaks to how strong our team was this year. Great teams always produce great players.”

Barletta’s all-league honor was her third.

“She is a real force on the field and really took a few games over this season,” Elliot said.

Chandler recovered from an injury her freshman year, but made the most of her time back on the field.

“I think she used last year and the rehab process as her fuel for this season,” Elliot said. “She started this season really strong and just got better with every game.”

The other sophomores honored also made big impacts for the Demons.

“Kyana, Silvie and Sofia really stepped up their games as the season progressed and really turned into consistent forces,” Elliot said.

Durango finished the year 10-6 overall and a second-place 6-2 in the 4A Mountain West. The Demons also beat Liberty in the Class 4A state playoffs on its home field to reach the second round of the tournament.

Victoria Barletta of Durango High School passes the ball while playing a Montrose High School this spring. The senior was recently named first team all-league. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Sofia Naffziger of Durango High School wraps around and scores a goal while playing Liberty in the Class 4A state tournament at DHS this spring. Naffziger recently earned all-league honors. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Silvie Bosmans of Durango High School takes a shot at the Grand Junction High School goal on Thursday at DHS. Bosmans was one of seven Demons honored by the 4A Mountain West league. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Kyana Newcomer-Ball of Durango High School plays tough defense against Fruita Monument High School this spring. Newcomer-Ball recently made the all-league team.
Goalie Fiona Chandler of Durango High School blocks a Fruita Monument High School shot this season. Chandler recently earned all-league honors. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)