Athletes get recognition

Students get awards based on season accomplishments

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More than a dozen Steamboat Springs athletes received recognition for their accomplishments during the fall sports season.

League, regional and state honors are handled differently with regard to each sport, but that doesn't detract from what many athletes accomplished during the early months of the school year.

Golf, cross country and tennis don't hand out postseason awards based on coaches' votes but rather on direct results.

Junior Tucker Smalley and freshman Paul Berry were named honorable mention all-league during the Sailors' golf season for their overall score averages.

Cross country doesn't have a league, but a few Steamboat runners picked up all-region recognition for their top-15 finishes at the regional meet in Delta at the end of October.

Junior Jennifer Hopper was second, senior Lisl Pearson was eighth, and senior Lauren Lightfoot was 11th, each earning all-region recognition. Senior Tyler O'Leary, who finished 14th, was Steamboat's all-regional runner for the boys.

In addition, Hooper earned a spot on the Class 4A All-State, second-team roster with her eighth-place showing at the state meet in Colorado Springs. Hooper was one spot away from being a first-team, All-State recipient.

All 11 of the Steamboat boys tennis players reached the state tournament this fall after finishing first or second in the regional tournament in Delta. Junior Patrick Ayres (No. 2 singles), sophomore Taylor Reed (No. 3 singles), junior Danny Weiss and sophomore Jon Reese (No. 2 doubles) freshman Jesse Speare-Schaller and sophomore Brandon Shenfield (No. 3 doubles) and sophomore Brian Behrman and freshman Dylan Roberts (No. 4 doubles) picked up regional championships.

Junior Jonathan Solomon (No. 1 singles) and senior Alex Griffing and sophomore Nick Ludolph (No. 1 doubles) came in second.

The Sailor volleyball team had five members voted to the all-league or honorable mention teams this season.

Senior Hannah Gary and juniors Kristyn Bradbury and Stacy Cavanagh were named first team all-league by the league coaches, while seniors Shelley Dunlop and Brynn Gotchey earned honorable mention recognition.

Bradbury also finished second to Glenwood Springs senior Amber Sutherland in the league MVP voting. There is no award for coming in second, but Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said that Bradbury being recognized as one of the two best players in the league was noteworthy, particularly as a junior.

Only 12 players are named to the league's first team.

The Steamboat boys soccer team had five players receive first-team or honorable mention league honors.

Seniors Devin Borvansky, Harry Packer and Daniel Barney were first team all-league selections, while senior Nick Bentley and junior Alec Nelson were honorable mention all-league.

Packer also was named second-team All-State. Barney received honorable mention at the state level.

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