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Sailors’ Wharton named CHSAA boys lacrosse player of the year

Ben Ingersoll

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse star Ben Wharton was named the CHSAA 4A player of the year on Wednesday after leading the team with 110 points in 2014.

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team may have fallen just shy of reaching the 4A state championship, but according to Colorado voters, it had some of the deepest talent around — and the best player to go along with it.

On Wednesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released its 4A boys lacrosse all-state teams, featuring one Sailor on the first team and one on the second team.

Junior attack Willy Gunn was named a second-team all-state performer, scoring 32 goals and racking up 80 points in 2014.

And as has been the case all year long, senior captain Ben Wharton collected high honors, being named a first-team all-state attack as well as the Colorado 4A player of the year. Wharton led the Sailors in scoring (74 goals, 110 points) and another berth in the Final Four.

"Ben was part of a great collective unit of guys who definitely helped him take his game to where it is," first-year coach Jay Lattimore said. "More or less, he was the most experienced and the hardest working. You could see that from the beginning."

Wharton was joined on the first team by five players who competed for the 4A state championship from Wheat Ridge or Ponderosa. He will play lacrosse at the University of Colorado next spring.

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On a Sailors team chock full of young talent, Alice Holmquist's senior leadership couldn't have meant more to head coach Rob Bohlmann's varsity squad.

When asked to deliver on set plays, Holmquist scored some of the most eye-catching goals in 2014. And when called upon to fill in defensively, she performed admirably each time, Bohlmann said.

And for her efforts sideline to sideline, goal to goal, Holmquist was voted by the Colorado High School Coaches Association as an all-state honorable mention performer.

"We had 15 games and for 15 games she had a huge impact in each one of those," Bohlmann said. "The other component, too, is she was a player we asked to perform a lot of different roles and responsibilities."

Holmquist was the Sailors' second-leading scorer on a team that went 9-6. She will attend Colorado State University in the fall.

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