Basketball players grab awards

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The starting lineup of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team and three of the starting five members of the school's girls basketball team garnered postseason awards from Western Slope league coaches.

Seniors Kyle Re and Devin Borvansky were named to the first All-league team, while senior Nick Monterotti, junior Patrick Ayres and sophomore Scott Peterson netted honorable mention All-league recognition.

Re and junior Dustin Moran traded off starting jobs during the earlier games of the season until Re solidified his role as the starting point guard. An injury after the final regular-season game essentially ended his season.

Steamboat deserved its five selections after winning the league championship outright en route to a 17-6 season and a 10-2 finish in the Western Slope.

The Steamboat girls finished 13-10 overall and 7-5 in league play. Junior Kayla Kostur and senior Erin Christensen were first team All-league selections as picked by the coaches, while senior Shelley Dunlop was honorable mention All-league.

The girls will have their postseason awards banquet Monday, but the boys wrapped up their season last week.

As voted on by the players, Borvansky, Re and junior Henry Howard were selected as season captains. Monterotti and Re were named honorary captains by the coaches. Howard's selection marked just the second time in the past 30 years that an underclassman was voted by his teammates as a captain.

Coach Kelly Meek also handed out postseason statistical awards to his players at the banquet.

Ayres led the Sailors in points per game with 9.7. He also was the team's leader in assists and steals with 2.5 and 1.8 a game, respectively.

Borvansky led the team this season with 6.6 rebounds a game and had a team high 28 blocks.

Monterotti finished the season with a 70.8 field-goal percentage, which broke a school record.

Senior Teal Taylor was the top free throw shooter at 81.8 percent. Peterson finished with a free throw percentage of 78.8 but was tops in practice at 84.9.

Howard finished the season with a 3-point field goal percentage of 55.6, and Ayres made the most 3-pointers this year with 40.

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

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