Hayden junior Aubree Haskins grins after her second throw in the Class 2A girls shot put finals at the state track meet in Lakewood earlier this year. Haskins was named the Steamboat Pilot & Today athlete of the year.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Hayden junior Aubree Haskins grins after her second throw in the Class 2A girls shot put finals at the state track meet in Lakewood earlier this year. Haskins was named the Steamboat Pilot & Today athlete of the year.

Aubree Haskins named Steamboat Pilot & Today's athlete of the year

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By the numbers

■ 35-7 1/2 foot winning shot put throw at the state championship

■ 11, as in her grade. She’ll look to repeat next year.

■ 12 years she has played the piano

■ 4 years she has played guitar

■ 2 honorable mention awards in volleyball and basketball

Past winners

■ Steamboat Pilot & Today Male Routt County Athletes of the Year:

2008: Ramsey Bernard, Steamboat Springs High School

2009: Alex Wood, Steamboat

2010: Alex Estes, Soroco High School

■ Female Routt County Athletes of the Year:

2008: Holli Salazar, Hayden

2009: Holli Salazar, Hayden

2010: Colleen King, Steamboat

— Aubree Haskins strolled in fresh off a guitar lesson, sat down and bore that trademark wide grin.

As a musician — she has played the guitar for four years and taught herself the piano 12 years ago — Haskins understands the subtle beauty of consistency, notes and rhythm.

The Hayden High School junior also knows music and athletics are transparent. That same consistency of notes and rhythm are big factors in both.

But what has she gleaned is the biggest similarity?

“It’s almost the same,” Haskins said. “It’s about performing and being confident.”

There wasn’t a more confident athlete this spring than Haskins. The junior entered the Colorado State Track and Field meet tied for second in the shot put. On her second to last throw in the finals, she unleashed a 35 foot, 7 1/2 inch throw, providing Hayden with its second state shot put title in four years.

She also was named as an honorable mention all-district performer in volleyball and basketball.

For this Haskins has been named the Steamboat Pilot & Today 2011 Female Routt County Athlete of the Year.

“She’s always had a good athletic ability,” said Haskins’ mom, Dana. “What we’ve tried to develop over the years is her aggression. She’s so nice, but she’s starting to show that aggression.”

Haskins becomes the second Hayden High School girl to win the award in four years. She follows in the steps of Holli Salazar, who also won a state title in the shot put and was twice named Female Routt County Athlete of the Year.

“Holli was a true athlete,” said Aubree Haskins, who was a freshman when Salazar was a senior. “She had an aggressive attitude, and I picked up on that.”

Haskins also became a pretty darn good athlete herself.

In volleyball, Haskins and fellow hitter Erin Koehler provided one of the tallest and most athletic frontlines in the district.

Then on a state qualifying basketball team, Haskins provided depth off the bench early and soon transformed herself into one of the best players on the team.

It was this jump — from the beginning to the end of the basketball season — where Haskins’ aggression and leadership started to show more and more.

Hayden basketball coach Eric Hamilton said Haskins improved more than any player this year, and by the final few games, she was often the Tigers’ best.

“I was impressed with how she finished,” Hamilton said. “It was probably her confidence level got higher and higher as the season went on. I think it took her a while to realize how talented she really is. The more games she started playing, the more confident she got.”

That confidence carried over to track and field, where Haskins wasn’t great in her preliminary attempts at state, entering the finals in fourth. Burlington’s Keala Reeverts, in first after the preliminaries, had a good throw.

Dana Haskins and those in attendance could only hear the official utter inches. Dana admits they thought Reeverts’ throw was better. But after asking the judge again, they learned that Haskins’ throw went eight inches farther.

“It was the best throw I’ve had all year,” Aubree Haskins said. “When it left my hand, it felt great.”

Considering she is just a junior, Haskins should have the opportunity to add to her already glowing list of accomplishments.

“She’s one of those athletes, you know, got stronger during track,” Hamilton said. “I think she is really going to have an unbelievable senior year in all sports.”

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