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Denver Post: Eight tennis, four football players on lists

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Senior linemen Zack Savage and Vince Grippa are the newest additions to the Steamboat Springs football team's long list of All-State players.

The Denver Post released its All-State teams, and Savage and junior teammate Lane Shipley were named first-team All-State. Grippa and teammate Jay Hanley, a sophomore, were named to the honorable mention All-State football team in Class 3A.

Shipley already had been named first-team All-State by the Rocky Mountain News. Hanley was on the News' second-team All-State team. Senior Scott Stanko and junior Westin Cofer also were named to the News' All-State teams.

"That's six kids all together," Sailors coach Aaron Finch said.

Savage, who was named to the team as an offensive lineman, helped Steamboat (10-3) amass nearly 3,400 total yards this season. As a defensive lineman, he finished with 45 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries, despite injuring his ankle mid-way through the season.

"Zack had a great playoffs," Finch said. "He tore up an ankle pretty bad against Cortez. By the playoffs, he was 100 percent again. I'm psyched he got some recognition."

Grippa, who had the most experience of any Sailor this season after starting as a sophomore, was named to the honorable mention All-State team as a defensive lineman.

Grippa finished with 54 tackles and three fumble recoveries.

"Vince is so dog gone solid at everything he does," Finch said. "He never has a bad game. He always plays well."

Shipley showed up on both Front Range newspapers' first-team All-State teams after a 72-tackle season at defensive end. He finished with 7.5 sacks and six additional tackles for loss.

Hanley, who missed four games, finished with 1,334 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 196 carries.

Steamboat's football team wasn't the only program that had fall success. The tennis team sent its three singles players and four doubles teams to the Class 4A state tournament. Sophomore Ryan McNamara, who lives in Vail, finished second at No. 3 singles and was named to the Post's second-team All-State squad. Sophomore Ramsey Bernard was an honorable mention All-State team pick at No. 3 singles.

The doubles teams of Taylor Reed and Nick Ludolph, Dylan Roberts and Jesse Schaller and Scott Peterson and Brian Behrman also were honorable mention All-State selections.

Steamboat senior Tara King, who has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Mesa State College next year, was an honorable mention All-State selection in Class 4A by the Post and News. Junior Paul Berry, one of the state's top golfers regardless of class size, was an honorable mention All-State selection for the Sailors by the Post.

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