A bright future

Steamboat tennis team honors stars, celebrates season at Thursday banquet

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— The awards banquet marks the end of the season, but as tennis coach John Aragon handed out this year's honors Thursday, all he could see was the future.

"I kept looking into the faces of the returning players and I could see that they are ready to get started," said Aragon, who coaches girls and boys tennis for Steamboat Springs High School. Thursday's banquet celebrated the girls team.

The final night of the 2008 season was a time to honor the team's top stars for their performances on the court and also their efforts to set the standard for future players to follow.

Shelby Reed, the team's No. 2 singles player this season, was among the players honored at the ceremony. The junior took third place in Pueblo last week, and her efforts on the court inspired coaches to award her with the Sailor Award.

The honor, which has been handed out for the past five years, is given to the player who brings honesty, integrity and an intense competitive spirit to the court.

Aragon said Reed's desire and drive during her final match of the 2008 state championships made her the perfect choice for the award. Reed defeated Cheyenne Mountain's Kristina Barber, 6-3, 6-3, despite suffering a hairline fracture in her ankle during the match. She placed third in the final brackets.

"I would love to see all of our players approach the game the same way Shelby did in that final match," Aragon said. "If they all did that, I know we could win the team title."

The team honored senior Alexis Lezin with the Adele Dombrowski Award.

"The award is a passionate one," Aragon said. "It is always given to a caring person who supports her teammates and shows compassion."

Lezin also was given an award for being named a team captain along with teammates Lisa Floyd and Molly Weiss. Weiss and Reed also shared the award for best record. Weiss finished the season at 21-2. Reed played one more match and finished at 21-3. Weiss also earned a plaque for becoming the first member of the Steamboat Springs High School girls team to bring home a state title.

Steamboat also celebrated earning the all-state academic award from the Colorado High School Activities Association. The team's overall grade point average was 3.67. Reed, Floyd, Weiss, Katie Birch, Elise Krueger, Emily Metscher and Samantha Saxe also earned all-state academic individual honors. That award only goes to juniors and seniors who maintain a GPA higher than 3.60.

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