Sailors receive honors

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— Katie Carter, Bayli Stillwell and Abby Fritz have received postseason recognition for their individual accomplishments during the 2002 volleyball season.

Colorado coaches and sportswriters have recognized the three Steamboat Springs seniors as among the best in Class 4A, if not the state, after leading the Sailors to a remarkable 30-2 overall record and runner-up finish at the state tournament Nov. 8-9 in Denver.

Carter and Stillwell were named to both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Class 4A All-Tournament teams.

Carter has also been tagged by the Rocky Mountain News as one of the top six players in all of Colorado, earning a spot on the newspaper's All-Colorado team. The official list will not be released until December.

Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said she couldn't remember a player from the Western Slope being selected for this elite team. Year in school or school size are not factored into the selections.

"I'm quite certain we've never had a player chosen for this before," Hall said.

Carter and Fritz recently played in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports all-state game. It was an exhibition that included select players nominated by league coaches and eventually picked by members of the organization.

Two teams were formed in Class 4A with eight members on each team, Hall said. The matches were played in Broomfield.

It was the first of possibly two all-state games Carter and Fritz have been invited to participate in.

Both outside hitters have been picked to play in the Colorado Coaches Association's all-state game in June. Stillwell has been selected as an alternate. Hall said alternates often get to play since club ball is going on at the same time, and many girls turn the invitations down.

The all-state volleyball match coincides with the all-state football, softball and basketball games, along with the all-state wrestling meets.

All games and meets are held on Northern Colorado's campus in Greeley.

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