Steamboat players All-State

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The postseason accolades continue to come in for the Steamboat Springs football team.

The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post recently released their first-team and honorable mention all-state teams. And, as expected, the Sailors were represented well.

Both newspapers selected Mark Drake as the Class 3A Coach of the Year for his role in leading the Sailors to an 11-2 overall record and a state semifinal appearance in his final year with Steamboat.

Seniors David May and Lonny Radford were first-team selections by both publications, as well.

May was selected as the top quarterback in Class 3A after throwing for 2,425 yards -- more than any quarterback in the state -- and 19 touchdowns.

Radford made the News' first team as a receiver and the Post's first team as a specialist. Radford caught 47 passes for 919 yards this season.

May and Radford have been selected to play in the June 12 Colorado All-State Game on the South Team.

Senior receiver Chris Dombey and junior linebacker Charlie Pappas joined May and Radford on the Post's all-state team, giving Steamboat four first-team selections.

Dombey caught 30 passes for 627 yards this year, an average of 20.9 yards a catch.

Pappas, in his first year at linebacker, consistently led Steamboat in tackles. Pappas was the only junior on the all-state defensive team and only one of three juniors on the Post's first-team All-state squad.

Dombey was named second-team All-State by the News, and junior Chris Baumann, a defensive lineman, was an honorable mention All-State selection by the Post.

"Next year, Pappas should by dynamite," Drake said. "Between him and Baumann, they should be pretty solid."

Drake said Steamboat may have had four first-team All-State selections in 1979, the year the Sailors won the state championship, but he wasn't sure. Either way, he said, the 2003 season was certainly a special one.

"To have this many on the first team is exciting for the kids," he said. "I'm happy for them."

In addition, May, Radford, Dombey and fellow seniors Shea Hurley, Michael Herbert, Travis Hodo and Casey Earp have all been invited to play in this summer's Down Under Bowl in Australia after receiving first-team or honorable-mention All-League recognition by Western Slope coaches.

Drake has been selected to serve as the head coach for the Down Under Bowl's Colorado team. Alamosa assistant Al Ford will serve as Drake's assistant, working primarily on defense. Opponents have yet to be named, but the Colorado team will play two games, Drake said.

The Sailors players will have to pay their own way to Australia, which may prevent some of them from attending. Drake can't help but wonder, however, what might happen if he could have the opportunity to use Steamboat's offense "Down Under."

"You only get a couple days of practice, but we could really light it up," Drake said.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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