Sailors reel in awards

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— The Steamboat Springs High School football team handed out end-of-season awards at its annual postseason banquet Tuesday.

The list was long.

After placing third in the Western Slope League and posting a 10-3 record on their way to the Class 3A semifinals, the Sailors en----joyed one of the best seasons in school history.

Seven Steam--boat players were named to the All-League or honorable mention All-League teams.

Seniors Thomas Allen and Scott Stanko were All-League along with juniors Westin Cofer and Lane Shipley.

Seniors Vince Grippa, Zack Savage and Jack Serhant were voted by league coaches onto the honorable mention All-League team.

The All-League selections were made before postseason play began, and the selections are not made by position.

Shipley, Grippa and Savage were Steamboat's three defensive linemen. The trio combined to make 175 tackles, 13 sacks and seven fumble recoveries.

Allen and Cofer were two of the five linebackers that made up one of the best defensive units in Class 3A. Cofer led the team with 130 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. Thomas was second with 87 tackles and three sacks. Serhant and Stanko, two of the team's defensive backs, finished the season with three and six interceptions, respectively.

Shipley, Grippa and Savage also played on the offensive line and contributed to the success of Steamboat's rushing attack, which amassed 2,730 yards this season.

Stanko, Grippa and senior linebacker Sam Gary and senior running back Walker Hammond were voted team captains for the season.

The Steamboat coaching staff handed out their team awards Tuesday night. Junior linebacker Sean Forney was voted Scout Team Player of the Year. Grippa, the long snapper for three years, was the Special Teams Player of the Year. Savage was voted Lineman of the Year. Hammond was given Offensive Player of the Year honors. Allen was voted Defensive Player of the Year, and Stanko received the Most Valuable Player award.

The team's on-field accomplishments pleased the coaching staff, and Sailors coach Aaron Finch said he also as proud of the team's academic achievement.

Last season, the Sailors had the top team GPA among Class 3A football programs in Colorado. Final team standings have not been released for fall sports, but Steamboat figures to be in the running again after being named a Team Academic Champion by the Colorado High School Activities Association this season.

The team maintained an unweighted group GPA above 3.0.

Nine Sailors were named to the Academic All-State or Academic All-State honorable mention teams. Only juniors and seniors are eligible for the awards.

Allen, Shipley, senior Daniel MacArthur and juniors Jace Bonner, Tucker Campbell and Joey Melius were Academic All-State selections. A student-athlete had to maintain an unweighted GPA of at least a 3.6 to be on the All-State team.

Student-athletes on the Aca--demic All-State honorable mention team had to maintain an unweighted GPA of between 3.3 and 3.59. The Steamboat athletes named to that team were senior Justin Howard and juniors Aaron Hornstein and Tanner Stillwell.

The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News have not released their All-State lists for the 2005 fall seasons.

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