Five Soroco and three Hayden football players received all-league recognition by coaches at a recent league meeting.
Rams seniors Kory Babcock and C.J. Remick were named to the Western Slope League's first team, while teammates William Ford and Jack Means, both seniors, and junior Whit Gates were voted to the league's honorable-mention team.
Senior Jordan Rolando and juniors Evan Hilling and Seth Copeland were named honorable mention all league for the Tigers.
League coaches voted on the first team and honorable mention picks.
Heide said his nomination of Babcock and Remick for first-team recognition was met with approval from the other seven league coaches.
"When I nominated both those boys, it was unanimous that they should be on it," Heide said. "I was really thrilled when we went to the league meeting. We even had a couple honorable-mention guys close to being all-conference."
Babcock, a defensive back, and Remick, a linebacker, played significant roles on Soroco's revamped defense this season. The Rams (6-5) held league powers Rangely and Meeker to a combined three offensive touchdowns.
Remick, a running back, nearly made the honorable mention team in that capacity as well, helping the Rams make their first state playoff appearance in more than a decade.
Ford and Means earned honorable-mention recognition as a defensive back and linebacker, respectively. Gates earned honorable-mention honors as an offensive lineman.
Of Hayden's three selections, two were on defense and one was on offense. Rolando was named to the honorable-mention team as a linebacker, while Copeland made the team as a defensive lineman.
Hilling was named to the honorable-mention team as a wide receiver.
Hayden finished the 2003 season 2-7.
The eight members of the Western Slope are Soroco, Hayden, Paonia, Rangely, Meeker, Plateau Valley, Grand Valley and West Grand.
Steamboat Springs' all-league selections will be announced at the annual football banquet Tuesday.
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