Steamboat Springs staff to coach All-Stars

Saturday game will feature Colorado's best prep basketball players

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Ten of Colorado's best prep players are finding out that the Steamboat Springs boys basketball coaches know their stuff.

Coach Kelly Meek and assistants Chris Adams, Bruce Alston and Jim Bronner were selected to coach a team in the annual All-Star game, to be held Saturday.

The Boys Blue team has had two practices -- March 29 and Monday -- in Denver, and the coaches wasted little time implementing some of their offensive and defensive schemes.

It was an eye-opening experience for some, Meek said.

But he joked that the team's best play might be the one in which the guard-oriented team fast breaks and finds the first open player, who nails his jumper. Nearly every player on Boys Blue averaged more than 15 points a game.

"I've coached All-Star games before, but there were longer preparation times," Meek said. "This was kids coming and going because of spring sports and prior commitments, and we knew we would struggle with that."

Still, Meek loves the team that news media outlets selected for him. The game pitting the Boys Blue against the Boys White should be an entertaining end to a Saturday night in Denver.

Rampart's Dan McKiernan and his staff were selected to coach the Boys White team.

Meek and McKiernan pick--ed up their 500th career win this season.

The game is scheduled to begin at about 9:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Center. The day kicks off with the Harlem Globetrotters at 3 p.m. The girls' All-Star game will come after the Globetrotters' game, and the Denver Nuggets game will come after the girls' All-Star game. Those interested in watching just the boys' All-Star game can purchase a ticket at the Pepsi Center without paying to watch the Nuggets.

Meek missed last week's practice because he and his wife were visiting his daughter in Sicily, but the Steamboat assistants and Meek's longtime friend Duane Lewis filled in admirably, Meek said.

All 10 players were present last week, but just five were able to make Monday's session, so Meek took five Steamboat players -- freshman Michael Vandahl, sophomore Tanner Stillwell, junior Scott Peterson and seniors Dustin Moran and Cameron Burney -- down to run the floor and match-up with five All-Stars.

"Our kids played real solid," Meek said.

Newspapers and TV stations selected the players who, in their opinion, are the best in Colorado regardless of year in school or school size. Two players from small schools were picked to the team, including Rangely's Brian Skelton.

"He's a great kid," Meek said about Skelton. "Our kids really liked him."

Skelton is the only player on either team from the Western Slope.

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

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