All-conference honors announced for Routt County prep athletes
Steamboat Springs — The fall high school sports season in Routt County didn’t result in any long playoff pushes, but it did yield plenty of awards for area players. Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high school athletes littered all-conference lists.
For the Steamboat volleyball team, which went 13-10, Mikaila Jegtvig and Alexis Len were named to the first-team, two of just 12 in the league. Maddie Robertson was honorable mention.
“It’s a wonderful honor,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “We don’t focus on individual honors, but when all is said and done, it’s a nice honor, and they’re very deserving, all three of them. They played key roles on our team this year and were great leaders on our team.”
The Steamboat Springs High School football team, 4-6, had six players honored. Running back Mitch McCannon and quarterback Zach Holm each were on the first team. Brandon Yeager, Charles Toye, Billy Clark and Dustin Andres were honorable mention.
Holm was selected by the team as the offensive player of the year, Toye was the defensive player of the year, Clark was the special teams player of the year, Jimmy Weltzheimer was the Iron Man award winner, Yeager was the lineman of the year, and McCannon was the team’s MVP.
Andres and Toye earned academic all-state notice, and Connor Glynn and Weltzheimer were academic honorable mention.
Peter White earned both first team all-league and honorable mention all-state honors playing with the soccer team. Carter Kounovsky joined him on the all-league first-team list, and Sam Rossman was listed as honorable mention.
The Soroco High School football team went 5-3 and was rewarded with seven selections. Quarterback Matt Regan, who led the team with eight rushing touchdowns, was named to the first team as was leading rusher Ian Palyo, who finished his senior season with 545 yards on the ground. Receiver and defensive end — not to mention late-season quarterback — Ryan Jeep and linebacker Micah Gibbons also were selected to the first team.
Storm Veilleux, Eric Logan and Nate Ragan all earned honorable mention status.
Jeep, meanwhile, won the team’s Ram Award.
For the Soroco volleyball team, sophomore setter and leading server Cala McCollum made the honorable mention list.
Aaron Herzog, Gibbons, Jeep, Kellen Garrity, Izabel Horn, Jacey Schlegel, Jessica Rossi, Brittney Schrader and Hayley Johnson earned first-team academic all-state honors. Bjorn Carlson and Cody Constine were academic honorable mention.
For the Hayden High School football team, which went 2-5 this season, Josh St. Clair earned first-team honors for his play on the offensive and defensive lines. Isaac Bridges, meanwhile, was named to the first team as a quarterback and defensive back.
Carlos Valdez and Sam Skof each earned honorable mention status.
Coach Shawn Baumgartner said the team’s game against Rangely, though a loss, weighed heavily in the decisions, especially for Bridges. That game was cold, wet and miserable, and the Tigers were without many of their starters thanks to injuries. But Bridges played though a major limp and kept his team in the game.
“Our game was the only league game that night, so all the other coaches were there watching, and Isaac really impressed them with the way he stepped up,” Baumgartner said.
The Tigers’ volleyball team, 10-8, landed four all-conference players, as well. Olivia Zehner and Jordan Temple got the nod for the first-team. Becca Hoza and Abi Velasquez were honorable mention selections.
“Everything landed perfectly,” coach Christene Planansky said. “They worked hard for it.”
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