Hayden boys hoops senior trio highlights winter sports all-leaguers
March 20, 2014
Steamboat Springs — She may have had to gut out the 2013-14 season with a broken hand surrounded by torn ligaments — an injury that would require surgery following the Sailors' state playoff exit — but senior Maggie Crouch was honored earlier this month as Steamboat's lone first-team all-leaguer.
Crouch led Sailors girls hoops in scoring, dropping nearly 10 points per game to go along with her seven rebounds per contest, second-best on the team. Crouch scored 12 points and recorded a double-double in her final outing as a Steamboat Sailor in an overtime loss in the state playoffs to Falcon.
Fellow senior Ashley Spitellie was named Western Slope League honorable mention all-league, as well.
Hayden senior trio named first-team all-WSL
On paper, some may remember Hayden boys basketball's 2013-14 season for its 5-15 record.
On the court, and for those in the stands for the Tigers' final run through the 2A Western Slope League schedule, it's hard to forget what Hayden's three seniors accomplished with a five-player roster.
And this week, seniors Isaac Bridges, Greg Frentress and Dan Engle were selected as first-team all-league members after averaging nearly a double-double apiece in a season marred by injuries.
Hayden coach Mike Luppes said Engle often had to carry the team as the only Tigers senior to not miss a game this year. Engle averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game.
Frentress and Bridges had to fend off lingering injuries from football season but came on strong late. Bridges averaged 15 points and five rebounds, and Frentress pitched in another 10 points and 10 boards per game for Hayden.
"They just did a good job, and they all stepped up in different games and all played well," Hayden coach Mike Luppes said. "Once they got going and in shape, they did a great job for us finishing things off."
The Tigers opened the season 1-14 but won four straight league games down the regular-season stretch and narrowly were bounced in postseason play by Rangely, 37-36.
Hayden girls hoops’ lone senior recognized
The stat sheets didn't always fill up for Hayden girls basketball's lone senior, Olivia Zehner, in 2013-14.
Zehner had a pair of team-leading outings, including scoring 12 points in wins against West Grand and De Beque in February.
But it's Zehner's leadership on coach Michelle Wilkie's junior- and sophomore-loaded roster that proved more valuable than any statistic. It also earned Zehner a spot on 2A Western Slope League's honorable mention all-conference team.
"I think Olivia is one of those kids with the biggest hearts in the world," Wilkie said. "She didn't have the numbers she wanted, but Olivia was just Olivia and contributed to the team all over the place."
Zehner averaged six points per game and led the Tigers with three steals per contest.
Trio of Sailors hockey players named honorable mention all-league
Playing in what proved to be the deepest and most competitive of Colorado high school's two hockey leagues, three Steamboat Springs players grabbed all-conference honors, which were announced earlier this week.
Sailors seniors Quinn Cain, Ben Wharton and Trent Trask were named Foothills Conference honorable mention all-conference, Cain for defense, Wharton for forward and Trask at goalie.
Wharton led all Sailors with 13 goals in 2013-14 and a team-high 20 points. As a defender, Cain tossed in one goal and five assists with six points. Trask posted a .922 save percentage in front of the net, playing all but a few minutes of Steamboat's season. Trask tied for third in the conference in total wins with nine.