Sailors boys and Soroco girls hoops headline winter’s all-league selections
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat boys basketball
As expected, the 4A Western Slope League boys basketball player of the year award came down to a two-man race.
The Sailors’ Robi Powers and Glenwood Springs’ Cameron Horning easily asserted themselves as the conference’s top threats. Ultimately, it was Horning who led his Demons to a big season-ending win on Feb. 14 with a league title on the line, and Powers finished as the runner up in the player of the year standings.
Powers definitely wasn’t forgotten, though, as he landed himself on the first-team all-Western Slope League roster, alongside senior teammates Brody King and Garrett Bye. Powers was among only three juniors who made first-team all-league, and all three first-teamers were Steamboat’s team captains.
Powers averaged 16 points per game and snagged six rebounds. King helped carry the Sailors down the stretch, nearly averaging a double-double over the final five regular-season games. Bye improved on all his numbers from his junior season.
Sailors senior Hector Lopez was called upon all season as Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe’s go-to guy in locking down the opposing team’s top backcourt player. His defensive prowess landed him on the all-league honorable mention roster.
Steamboat girls basketball
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team didn’t have quite the year it had hoped for, but junior transfer Maddison Clock emerged as one of the better Sailors players from the past few years.
The Michiganian-turned-Steamboater asserted herself as a low-post scoring threat and rebound machine for the 4-16 Sailors. Clock was the only Steamboat player to land on an all-league list, taking home honorable mention.
The Steamboat Springs Alpine and Nordic girls skiers kept getting better as the season wore on, and they were largely recognized in terms of awards.
McKenzie Millard and Lindsey Adler each made the all-state slalom team, and Katie Brodie landed on the all-state classic skiing list. The three, along with senior Mariah Hoots, nearly swept the Skimeister award, given annually to the top boys and girls Alpine and Nordic double threats. Adler won the Skimeister, Millard was third, Brodie was fourth and Hoots was fifth.
Also, for her season-long performance on the Alpine circuit, Millard finished third in the Colorado Cup standings, where points are earned for the winter’s combined performances. As a team, the Sailors girls Nordic skiers finished first as a team in skate and third as a team in classic while competing against a wealth of club-level skiers.
On the boys side, senior Micah Gibbons was the bronze medalist in the Skimeister.
Soroco girls basketball
Rams senior Jessica Rossi’s trophy case just continues to grow.
On Sunday, she played in the 2A girls all-state game, and on Tuesday night at the school’s winter sports banquet, she accepted her award as the Western Slope League Gore Division’s player of the year. She was also a first-team all-league selection after averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game.
Junior Briana Peterson played her first full season as a Ram after going down with injuries in her previous two. She averaged 15 points and seven rebounds and was also a first-team all-leaguer. Sophomore guard DaKota Bruner suffered a season-ending knee injury, but that didn’t keep her off the first-team list. Bruner’s 15 points and five rebounds per game helped make her a two-time first-teamer.
Senior guard Hayley Johnson helped fill the void in Bruner’s absence, and she was recognized as an honorable mention all-league selection.
Soroco boys basketball
The Rams enjoyed a wildly successful winter under first-year coach Shawn Hayes, and the all-league rosters show for it.
Soroco’s 1-2 backcourt punch of Warren Hayes and Eric Logan were named first-team 2A Western Slope League Gore Division all-league. Hayes and Logan had nearly identical numbers, each averaging 13 points per game.
Hayes scored in double figures in all but three of the Rams’ games, and Logan scored a Soroco boys season high on Dec. 13 with 31 points.
Do-it-all junior guard Chance Beaty posted nine points per game this season and poured in 22 points against then-league-leading Vail Christian on Jan. 30. Beaty was named an all-league honorable mention selection.
Hayden boys basketball
The Tigers boys needed their seniors for some guidance this season, and they were honored for their response during a rebuilding period for the program.
Carlos Valdez, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, rebounded with a huge winter, averaging 12 points per game. He was selected as Hayden’s lone first-team all-leaguer.
Fellow senior Thomas Rauch scored nine points per contest and was named honorable mention all-conference.
Hayden girls basketball
Hayden senior Kara Cozzens was a force down the final stretch of the Tigers’ season.
Cozzens banged her way to 11 points and nine rebounds per game and was elected 2A Western Slope League Gore Division honorable mention all-league player. Cozzens scored in double figures in 12 of the Tigers’ 19 games, including 17 against Meeker in the season finale.
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