Calkins, Vandahl named to all-state basketball team


— On Thursday, two Steamboat Springs basketball players were named to the Rocky Mountain News Class 4A All-State basketball team.

Juniors Aaron Calkins and Michael Vandahl were named to the team after the Sailors finished the year 21-5, including completing the league schedule undefeated.

Calkins was a second-team selection, and Vandahl was named honorable mention.

Calkins finished the year averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game.

Vandahl added 15 points and 5.9 assists a game - good enough for second in the state - and set a school record by making 90.6 percent of his free throws.

The all-state selections wrap up an impressive post season for the Sailors. Calkins and Vandahl both were named first-team all-league selections in the Western Slope League. Both players received all the votes for player of the year, with Calkins edging Vandahl, 4-3 in the voting.

Calkins' selection marked the first time Steamboat has had an underclassman named player of the year since 1985, when Jon Baskin earned the honor.

The other three starters for Steamboat - Cameron Petet, Tanner Stillwell and Colby Kostur - also were named to the honorable mention all-league team. The only other player from the Western Slope League to make the all-state team was Glenwood Springs' Ryan Foraker. Foraker was an honorable mention selection.

Jorge Gutierrez of Lincoln was named the Class 4A player of the year, and his coach, Vince Valdez, was named coach of the year.


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