Steamboat Springs All five starters on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team were named to the Western Slope All-League team, including senior Michael Vandahl who was named the league's Player of the Year.
"I've always said this group epitomizes 'teamism,'" said Steamboat coach Kelly Meek, who was named the league's Coach of the Year. "They knew what their roles were. They recognized their roles and supported each kid. From the main scorer to someone that was only going to get a couple of shots a game. There wasn't any of that worry about who was getting the credit."
Along with Vandahl, seniors Colby Kostur and Aaron Calkins were named to the first team. Ryan Shaw and Alex Wood were named honorable mention.
"It's a pretty good honor," said Vandahl, who was runner-up for Player of the Year last year to Calkins. "It's pretty cool that we had back-to-back kids from Steamboat win it."
Vandahl averaged just less than 17 points a game and ran the offense for a team that won 30 consecutive league games, finished with a 22-3 record and made it to the Sweet 16 of the Class 4A playoffs.
"It's not that often that any team really does that," said Wood, who also notched an all-league selection in the fall for football. "It shows how much respect the coaches in our league have for what kind of team we had and what kind of coaching we had this year."
Calkins and Kostur are repeat selections from last year, where Steamboat again placed all five of the team's starters on the All-League list.
Shaw, who saw limited time early in the year, became one of the team's best defensive players through the league portion of the Sailors' schedule.
"I had absolutely no expectations of coming close to this award," Shaw said. "As the season went on, I got more playing time and started playing better. : Obviously I wasn't scoring a lot of points, but I did a lot of other things. So I was glad to see the other coaches recognize that."
On the girls side, sophomores Colleen King and Gracie Stockdale were named honorable mention. Only seven of the 24 first team or honorable mention selections on the girls side were underclassmen.
Moffat County's Angie Charchalis and Glenwood Springs Sharaya Selsor were selected the league Co-Players of the Year.
Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen was awarded Coach of the Year.
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