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Local athletes receive state recognition

The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News released their All-State selections Thursday, and 10 Routt County athletes received recognition from the newspapers.

The criteria and selection process for each newspaper is different, accounting for the difference in the lists, but each person honored played an important role in his or her respective team’s success this spring.

Hayden sophomore Bryan Richards, who plays for Moffat County because his school doesn’t offer baseball, and Steamboat Springs tennis player Kelli Parnell were the area’s only first-team All-State selections. Richards, who made the News’ team as an outfielder, batted .527 for the Bulldogs with nine home runs and 26 RBIs.

Parnell played No. 1 singles for the Sailors last season and qualified for the state tournament. She was a Post selection.

The remaining Routt County athletes chosen were second-team or honorable-mention All-State selections.

Steamboat senior Danny Carlson was a second-team All-State selection for boys lacrosse. Teammates Andy Flax and Jake Flax were honorable-mention selections by the Post.

In addition to Parnell, the Post selected Steamboat tennis players Stacy Cavanagh and Brittany DeGroff for its honorable-mention All-State list.

The three girls were the only seniors on this year’s Sailors tennis squad, which won a regional title and sent all 11 players to the state tournament. Cavanagh played with Molly Weiss in No. 1 doubles, and Rebecca Timmerman played with DeGroff in No. 3 doubles.

The News named Steamboat sophomore Breanne Murray, the No. 2 singles player, to its honorable-mention All-State list after she finished second in the state this spring.

Senior Lindsay Ellis and junior Kelly Labor were honorable-mention News selections in soccer. Ellis attended Soroco High School but played for Steamboat because her school didn’t offer the sport.

According to the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association, which compiles its own All-State lists, Ellis and Labor were first-team picks, and junior Casey Garth was an honorablemention selection.

Labor and Ellis are eligible to play in the CHSSCA All-State game July 23 at Broomfield High School.

Most of the remaining All-State games will be played this weekend in the Denver metro area.

Steamboat seniors Kayla Kostur and Cameron Burney were picked to play in the girls and boys basketball games, respectively. Kostur, who plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney this fall, will play Saturday at Eaglecrest High School, though she still is unsure of which team she is on. The championship game is at 4:30 p.m.

Burney, who is headed to Otero Junior College in La Junta, will play Saturday at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora. The games run all day with the championship game beginning at 3 p.m.