All-State teams announced
December 22, 2006
Steamboat SpringsSteamboat Springs — Although the football fields in Steamboat Springs and Hayden have been barren for more than a month, the accomplishments of the athletes who competed there are still showing through. — Although the football fields in Steamboat Springs and Hayden have been barren for more than a month, the accomplishments of the athletes who competed there are still showing through.
Steamboat Springs — Although the football fields in Steamboat Springs and Hayden have been barren for more than a month, the accomplishments of the athletes who competed there are still showing through.
Five players from Steamboat Springs and three from Hayden were named to the Rocky Mountain News All-State team. Four Steamboat players and three Hayden players were named All-State by The Denver Post.
The Sailors had three players named to the News’ first-team (kicker Ben DeLine, defensive lineman Lane Shipley and linebacker Westin Cofer) and two to the second-team (punter Jace Bonner and running back Jay Hanley). The Sailors had three on the Post’s first-team (Shipley, Cofer and Bonner) and one honorable mention (Hanley).
The Tigers had two players named to the News’ second team (running back Coy Letlow and linebacker Brandon Ford) and one named honorable mention (Aaron Haskins). Letlow was named to the Post’s first team and Ford and Haskins were honorable mention.
“We have a great group of young athletes,” Steamboat head coach Aaron Finch said. “I’m going through a little bit of depression knowing I don’t get to coach our senior class again.”
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Shipley and Cofer anchored a defense that gave up fewer than 200 yards a game and combined to finish the year with 191 tackles and 10.5 sacks. DeLine, who was one of three juniors to make the team by the News, finished the year 25-of-27 on extra point tries, and 9-of-19 on field goal attempts, including a school-record of 51 yards against Palisade.
Hanley rushed for more than 1,300 yards and had 14 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury. Bonner averaged more than 41 yards a punt.
“All the players can take some credit in the success,” Finch said. “It is always fun at the end of the season when guys gets recognized.”
Letlow led the Tigers in rushing this season with more than 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns. Ford led the team in tackles with 133 and added more than 700 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Haskins had 15 catches for 174 yards and a touchdown. He also was instrumental in helping the Tigers gain more than 3,000 yards on the ground.
“For Coy, that’s a big honor,” Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “He’s only a sophomore and it’s a good honor. There’s definitely room for him to grow and prove himself. Overall, you have to be on a pretty good team to be on that list.”
Several other fall athletes were recognized for their accomplishments.
Sailors golfer Paul Berry was named honorable-mention All-Colorado by the Post. He was named to the same team by the News in October.
In tennis, Steamboat Springs junior Ramsey Bernard was named to the Class 4A All-State second team as a singles player by the Post. Bernard finished second in No. 2 doubles at the state tournament.
The doubles team of Brian Aragon and Brian Burger, and Jesse Schaller and Dylan Roberts were named honorable mention by the Post. Aragon and Burger were named honorable mention by the News earlier in November.