Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Austin Hinder, center, tries to break past two Rifle defenders during the game at Gardner Field on Friday night. The Sailors beat the Bears, 42-27.

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Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Austin Hinder, center, tries to break past two Rifle defenders during the game at Gardner Field on Friday night. The Sailors beat the Bears, 42-27.

Football all-state teams announced

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Baumgartner Class 1A Coach of the Year

The Rocky Mountain News named Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner Class 1A Coach of the Year on Thursday.

After a loss to West Grand in the opening league game, Baumgartner led the Tigers to their first appearance in the semifinals of the Class 1A playoffs. For more on Baumgartner, see Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today.

— Although the season has been over for more than a month, football players in Routt County continue to make waves statewide.

On Thursday, the Rocky Mountain News named eight players to its list of All-State football teams.

In Steamboat, kicker Ben DeLine and defensive end Jay Hanley were named to the Class 3A first team, while linebacker Nigel Hammond, quarterback Austin Hinder and lineman Mac Marsh were all named honorable mention.

"Good kids make the coach look like he knows what he's doing," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. "Hopefully, we all get to continue to watch these kids play."

With the exception of Hinder - the only sophomore to make the team - the other four Steamboat athletes are seniors. All of them have the opportunity to play at the next level.

"Given where we finished, to have this many guys on the team, is a real testament," Finch said.

In Hayden, where the Tigers embarked on a record-setting season that saw them fall one game away from the state title game, four players made the Rocky's Class 1A team.

Kick returner Russell Waugh and defensive back Mitch Doolin were named to the first team, while running back Coy Letlow and tight end Aaron Haskins were named to the second team.

"This is a great list of kids for an All-State team," said Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner, who was named Class 1A Coach of the Year. "You had a team like (state champion) Akron with their squad, and to mix in everyone else makes this a real good list."

The Denver Post and Western Slope Sports Writers football teams will be released within the next two weeks.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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