Steamboat boys lacrosse all-state selections highlight spring all-league honors
May 23, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs High School spring sports all-conference teams were announced during the past few weeks. The Sailors were well represented on first and second teams as well as honorable mention and state awards.
Steamboat boys lacrosse
After one of the most successful seasons in school history, Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse had four players grab all-state honors as well as play in Thursday's Froelicher-Toll All-State 2014 All-State game.
Steamboat leading scorer and team captain Ben Wharton was named first-team attack. He was joined by junior midfielder Mitch McCannon on the first team.
Senior captain and defenseman Michael Wong and senior captain and goalie Kaleb VanArsdale were named second-team all-state.
Wharton scored a team-leading 56 goals in 2014. McCannon was fourth on the team with 22 goals scored. Wong was consistently the go-to man on faceoffs, and VanArsdale finished the season with a .731 save percentage in front of the net.
The Sailors were 15-3, co-Mountain Conference champions and a game away from playing in the 4A state championship game.
Steamboat girls lacrosse
Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse senior attack Lexy Look and consistency go hand in hand.
As a whole, the team struggled to a 1-12 record, but Look did all she could to keep the Sailors in play from March to May. Look scored a team-high 14 goals, racked up a Sailors-best 15 points and was named first-team All-Mountain Conference, the only Steamboat player to garner such accolades.
Steamboat sophomore Brittney Starks was named second-team All-Mountain Conference for her play on defense. Starks also pitched in four goals this season.
Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said Look and Starks were on their way to Valor Christian on Thursday to play in the All-Conference game, but thunderstorms, hail and tornado predictions forced a sudden cancellation of the all-star game.
Steamboat girls soccer
Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer may have narrowly missed a playoff berth for the first time in a decade this season, but the Sailors were well represented in postseason awards.
A pair of Steamboat players were named Western Slope League first-team all-league, and three more garnered all-league honorable mention awards.
Sophomore Natalie Bohlmann, the Sailors' leading goal scorer in 2014, was named to the first team alongside senior Alice Holmquist.
Sophomore Jordi Floyd, junior Carolyn Walters and senior Maddie Ruppel were all on the Western Slope League honorable mention team.
The Sailors finished the season 9-6 and return almost their entire roster for the 2015 season.
Steamboat girls tennis
The Sailors’ girls tennis team’s strong performance in league play landed Steamboat a handful of all-league selections.
In No. 1 singles play, Ellie Bender was named to the Western Slope League first team. She was joined by No. 3 singles player Maddie Labor. The No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Haggarty and Emmie Thompson and the No. 3 doubles team of Sydney Boyd and Shannon Ross also were first-team selections.
All players advanced to the state tournament earlier this month in Pueblo.
The Sailors had a trio of players named to Western Slope League baseball all-conference teams, one of the deepest divisions in Colorado.
Junior Billy Clark, who pitched and played center field, grabbed first-team all-league. Senior Ryan Jeep — a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman — also was on the first team. Jeep is a student at Soroco High School.
Senior Matt Regan, who also is a student at Soroco High School, was named Western Slope honorable mention all-league. Regan pitches, plays second base as well as shortstop.
Steamboat finished the season 9-10 (4-10 league) under first-year coach Rusty McRight.