■ Aubree Haskins
Aubree Haskins leapt to Routt County Female Athlete of the Year honors as a junior thanks to consistent play in all seasons and a state championship showing in shot put at the state track meet. She again was a vital component to all the Tigers’ efforts as a senior, serving as part of the backbone to good Hayden volleyball and basketball teams. And while she finished ninth in the shot at state, she added a fifth-place finish in the discus and again was one of the region’s best track athletes. That showing wrapped up what was a powerful and consistent four-year career.
■ Mark Doolin
Mark Doolin was tagged as a “rising star” a year ago, and he didn’t disappoint in his junior campaign, not only returning as one of the best players on Hayden’s football and basketball teams but also standing out as the teams’ leader. He led the way as the football squad charged to a runner-up finish in the Western Slope League and another playoff berth. He also was a key component in the basketball program’s ability to maintain its elite status. Many of the most important teammates who made those seasons possible will return with Doolin next season. It should be fun to watch what the group can accomplish.
■ Micaela Meyer
The Soroco girls sports teams were filled with experienced contributors this year, but few were able to change fortunes quite like Micaela Meyer in her junior season. A three-sport athlete in her first two years, she had to cut out basketball as she narrowed her focus to volleyball and track, and there she excelled. She was one of the leaders on the best volleyball team the Rams have fielded in recent years. She then stood out in track, where she seemed able to score high in any event she chose. She qualified for state in four events and, slowed by injury, earned two medals, one with the 800-meter relay team and another in long jump.
■ Nic Paxton
Nic Paxton has been a fixture atop the Soroco High School athletic program for so long it’s difficult to remember when he wasn’t at the front of a maroon-clad team. He continued to mature into those leadership positions as a junior. He was at his best in football, where he thrilled crowds, seemingly equally comfortable passing over and running around defenses. Another highlight came in track, where Paxton was able to showcase his true athleticism. Although frustrating weather circumstances throughout the spring threatened to wreck his season, he managed to soar past competitors at the end, finishing eighth in the long jump at state track.
■ Nikki Fry
Athletically, junior Nikki Fry has few counterparts. She started on the right side in volleyball and instantly showed her athletic ability. She was the basketball team’s top offensive threat and was relentless. In girls lacrosse, she was the most consistent player. She’ll likely be a three-sport all-league selection her senior year as she becomes more comfortable on the court and field.
■ Christian Ramirez
Junior Christian Ramirez was a three-sport star. He quarterbacked the Steamboat Springs High School football team, but where he did his real damage was in the winter and spring seasons. The offensive-minded defender was an all-state selection in hockey. He continued the trend by becoming one of Steamboat’s most consistent midfield threats in lacrosse. Next year, he should be even better.