Jack Burger returns a shot during the opening day of the state high school tennis tournament in Pueblo. Burger was voted 2011 athlete male of the year by Steamboat Springs High School.
Steamboat Springs Jenna Peters was just about as shocked as Linnea Dixson.
The two 2011 Steamboat Springs High School graduates weren’t expecting anything when they heard their names called.
But the two were voted co-Steamboat Springs High School Female Athletes of the Year. Jack Burger was voted the Male Athlete of the Year.
“I had no idea they had that award,” Dixson said. “It’s really cool to know I was one of the top athletes in our school.”
“I was really surprised,” Peters said. “They do the athlete thing last, and I hadn’t heard my name. I thought they mistakenly invited me to the awards.”
The award is determined on a point system that includes a plethora of categories. It looks at GPA, athletes who compete in multiple sports, individual and team awards they’ve received, character and volunteerism.
“It really looks at the athlete as a student athlete,” Steamboat Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe said.
Dixson, who finished second in the state skiing Skimeister, will attend the University of Wyoming next year. There she plans to compete for the Nordic ski and biking teams.
Peters, who was a captain of the volleyball team and played soccer, is attending the University of Portland for nursing. She said she doesn’t plan to play sports, but might do intramurals.
“It means a lot for me to get that,” Peters said. “I’ve put a lot of work into sports and education.”
Burger did a little bit of everything his senior season. In the fall he ran cross-country and played tennis. He was a Nordic skier in the winter, before closing out his high school career as a distance runner on the track and field team.
“It’s a pretty cool award,” Burger said. “It’s a good accomplishment for me. I was glad I got it.”
Burger will attend Colorado College next year. He plans to run cross-country in the fall and play tennis in the spring.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com