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McCawley pockets Skimeister, All-State awards at Colorado State Skiing Championships

Steamboat Springs' Andrew McCawley makes his way through the snow Thursday during the giant slalom event at the Colorado Satte High School Skiing Championships.

— You could still hear the pride in ski coach Mike Farny's voice on Monday as he talked about senior Andrew McCawley's performance at last week's Colorado State High School State Skiing Championships.

"I could not have been happier for our seniors," Farny said Monday. "Andrew skied great both runs, and it could not have ended any better."

On the final day of the championships, McCawley gave local skiing fans plenty to cheer about. The Steamboat Springs High School senior raced to the state slalom title in the morning, and then, that evening earned the coveted Skimeister Award, which goes to the best overall skier in both the Alpine and Nordic events throughout the entire season.

"They were both pretty important in different respects," McCawley said of his titles. "I'm an Alpine racer and slalom was always one of my favorite events, so it was great to wrap that event up with a solid result. But I'm also pretty proud of myself for picking up a new sport so quickly and winning that award."

Farny said winning the Skimeister Award has been a year-long goal that McCawley set at the end of the 2016 season. That's when McCawley, Alex Coffey and Wyatt Reynolds decided to ski both Alpine and Nordic events and bring back the Skimeister Award to Steamboat this year.

"I told Andrew that I was going to hold him to it," Farny said. "But it was really up to them. They were the ones that decided to do it, and I never really had to push them.

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"It took them a lot of time and effort," Farny added. “These guys sacrificed a lot, and there were plenty of times that they just could have gave up."

The coach said the athletes trained with both teams and would sometimes get back from an Alpine competition late on a Friday night and then be up early the next morning to travel to a Nordic race.

"There were definitely a few practices where I thought I should stick to a sport that involves gravity," McCawley said. "I feel like I'm geared to go downhill, not uphill. But now that it's over, I'm really glad that I stuck with it."

In addition to winning the slalom title and the Skimeister Award, McCawley was named to the All-State Ski Team along with Coffey.

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