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Class 3A state championship game

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Mitch Lekarczyk, left, played in his last football game as a Sailor on Saturday alongside junior Peter Schuette. The team took on Valor Christian in the Class 3A state championship game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. The Sailors lost, 41-14, ending the season 13-1 overall. Photo by Matt Stensland

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A ball goes through senior Jack Spady's hands during the second half of the 3A state championship game against Valor Christian. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs High School football fans react to a touchdown by Valor Christian during the second half of the 3A state championship game. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat's Mitch Lekarczyk wraps up Valor Christian quarterback Brock Berglund on Saturday in the 3A state championship football game in Aurora. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat's Michael Savory, right, leads a pack of defenders toward Valor Christian quarterback Brock Berglund on Saturday in the Class 3A state championship football game in Aurora. Steamboat lost, 41-14. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat quarterback Austin Hinder is sacked in Saturday's state championship football game. Steamboat lost to Valor Christian, 41-14. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Joe Dover sits on the bench with an ankle injury he suffered during the Nov. 28 game against Pueblo Central that kept him from playing most of Saturday's championship game against Valor Christian. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs head football coach Aaron Finch talks to his players after Saturday's loss to Valor Christian. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Valor Christian quarterback Brock Berglund, left, talks with Steamboat Springs quarterback Austin Hinder after Saturday's game. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Austin Hinder's grandfather Jim Hanifan consoles Hinder during the final seconds of Saturday's loss to Valor Christian in the championship game. After graduating high school, Hinder will be attending the University of California, Berkeley, where his grandfather played and led the nation in receiving in 1954. Hanifan also is in the school's hall of fame and coached in the National Football League. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Austin Hinder reacts after Saturday's 3A state championship game loss to Valor Christian. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs coach Aaron Finch addresses players and fans following Saturday’s 41-14 loss to Valor Christian in the Class 3A state championship game in Aurora. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Michael Mann closes in on Steamboat quarterback Austin Hinder on Saturday during the Class 3A state championship game. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Valor Christian's Charzell Vickers jumps to grab and interception in front of Steamboat's Jack Spady on Saturday in the state championship football game in Aurora. Steamboat lost, 41-14. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat Springs High School junior Michael Savory takes down Valor Christian's Ryan Nu'u. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs senior Joe Dover walks to the locker room after it is clear he will not be playing in Saturday's championship game because of an injury. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Valor Christian’s Matt Corral sheds a pair of Steamboat defenders Saturday during the Class 3A state championship football game in Aurora. The Eagles had too many big plays for Steamboat to stay close and went on to win the game, 41-14. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat Springs High School seniors Garret Ehrick, left, and Claire Tegl watch the final minutes of Saturday's 3A state championship football game against Valor Christian in Aurora. Steamboat lost, 41-14. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs freshman Michael Yost throws up his arm in celebration after a Steamboat touchdown in Saturday's Class 3A state championship game in Aurora. That score wasn't enough and the Sailors lost, 41-14. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat seniors Bryce Mayo, left, and Austin Hinder mourn Saturday’s 41-14 loss in the Class 3A state championship football game. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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