Our View: Sis, boom, bah
December 2, 2009
Three decades have passed since the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors football team last contested for a state championship. And that makes Saturday's tilt against Valor Christian High School an event to be savored.
The Sailors claimed their first state title in football with a 12-0 win against Buena Vista High School in 1979. It was easy, at the time, to assume that football championship hardware soon would begin to pile up in the school's trophy case. In spite of the many talented teams that have come through the school system in the past 30 years, that has not happened.
Not until coach Aaron Finch's 2009 squad thumped Pueblo Central, 35-7, in the semifinal game last weekend have the Sailors returned to such heights.
We don't believe for a moment that high school athletics are more important than academics, though we know there are some of our readers who would point to the preponderance of coverage and argue otherwise. In our defense, we've noticed that high school athletics can create closely knit communities within the broader community. And anything that brings us closer together is well worthwhile.
We take pleasure in pointing out that a dozen members of the varsity football team were named to the high school's first-quarter honor roll last month. They are among many Sailors athletes who excel in the classroom. And we can predict with confidence that the time-management skills these student athletes have acquired will serve them well after they have graduated.
Not just the football team, but all of the boys and girls competitive athletic programs have given Steamboat residents something to applaud this fall at a time when we all needed a reason to cheer.
Finch has shown that in addition to possessing a creative mind for offensive football, he can throw a touch pass when it comes to working with young men. Clearly, this program values discipline, but the members of the coaching staff also know how to keep it fun for student athletes.
The last time this newspaper covered a state championship football game, the Sailors competed in the 2A division for smaller schools, not the 3A division they play in today. The newspaper published just one day a week in 1979, and coverage of the state championship victory did not appear until four days after the final whistle sounded.
We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that the staff and management of KBCR radio have followed the Sailors every step of the way throughout the intervening decades. Like the newspaper's sports staff, their announcing teams have sacrificed many hours of personal time and driven many a lonesome road to cover Sailors football.
This isn't 1979; it's 2009, and today we bring our readers and viewers several more timely options for following the Sailors: we'll publish a special Sailors football section Friday, you can follow updates at our Web site, http://www.steamboatpilot.com, or by following @steam
boatpilot on Twitter on Saturday, and if all goes well, for the first time we will stream live video of the game, again on our Web site.
If you can't attend the game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Aurora's Legacy Stadium, we'll let you know the final score as soon as the clock shows quadruple zeros.
No matter how the game turns out, we know you'll join us in celebrating this memorable football squad.