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Sailors soccer players collect all-conference awards

— The team dominated league play this season, so it didn’t come as a big surprise that the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team also dominated the all-conference voting in 2001.

“Our style of soccer is to get the job done with 11 players,” Sailors head coach Rob Bohlmann said. “But the thing that is nice about this year’s selections is that this is definitely a very diverse group of playing personalities. I think it depicts the complete balance of our team.”

The Sailors had five players, more than twice as many as any other team, selected to represent Steamboat on this year’s all-conference first team.

Leading the pack was Steamboat’s Jason Sirois who was also named the league’s most valuable player for his efforts on the field this year.

“We’ve won it the last four years,” Sirois said of taking the MVP. “I’m glad it stayed in Steamboat. It wasn’t a huge personal goal, but keeping it here in Steamboat is a big team goal.”

Sirois, the team’s second leading scorer with 10 goals and four assists during the season, said he was honored to be presented with the award and was glad to step into an elite group of Steamboat players who have won the league’s MVP.

Fellow seniors Roddy Beall, Todd Bell, and Mike Rinn joined Sirois on the all-conference team. The final selection, a junior, was Kyle Nelson who was named to the team for the second-straight year.

“I think this shows that we have a strong team and strong players in just about every position,” Nelson said.

Steamboat’s attacking front players Rinn and Bell were both selected to the team.

Rinn was the Sailors’ top scoring threat this season. He netted 20 goals (including five in the playoffs) and three assists. Bell had two goals and two assists.

The Sailors were also well represented in the midfield, where Nelson and Sirois made their presence felt in just about every game.

Sirois’ scoring numbers and intensity helped him grab the attention of other coaches on the field. Nelson collected four goals and three assists and is sure to be a force again next year.

“He was just a junior, but he played with the maturity of a senior,” Bohlmann said of Nelson.

The coach said the junior was a rock in our midfield and contributed both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

But the heart of the defense might have been Roddy Beall who finished the season with two goals.

“He had a dual role with the team,” Bohlmann said. “Many times he was the person who started our attack, but he was also the guy we counted on to push the ball up field and, when he had to, get back and play defense.”

Steamboat also had three players named to the all-state team. Rinn, Sirois and Bell were recognized by coaches from around the state as honorable mentions. Bohlmann felt it was a good number considering the team lost before the quarterfinal round of the state playoff.

Palisade and Rifle were the only other teams in the league with more than one player named to the team. Palisade’s Todd Bondurant and Jimmy Temple were named to the team. Rifle had seniors Nate Campbell and Nick Krick chosen for the squad. Battle Mountain’s Cody Jenick and Glenwood Springs Nick Rolph were also selected to represent their schools on the first team.

Palisade’s Sean Kennedy was named coach of the year.

The Sailors didn’t have any honorable mentions this season. Honorable mentions from around the league included Battle Mountain’s Peter Brown and Jake Tauffer; Glenwood’s Cisco Tharp and Mike Cammer and Moffat County’s Ryan Ehlers and Brad Hurd; Palisade’s Mike Struwe and Brendan Swihart were also named as honorable mentions.

“I’m just glad that we had five good players named to the all-conference team,” Bell said.

The Sailors finished the season 11-5-1 record after advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. Lewis Palmer defeated Steamboat in the game 9-2. Rinn scored both of the Sailor goals in the game.


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