Sailors stars have chance to shine at coaches all-state game
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Quinn Connell has grown up playing soccer in Steamboat Springs, but when he took the field Wednesday for the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state game, he said he was a little nervous.
“It was a lot of fun, but it was a little weird at first because you don’t know anyone,” Connell said. “Once you learn the names you realize that everyone out there are really good players, and it’s fun to develop chemistry with some kids that you never played with.”
Connell and his teammate Murphy Bohlmann traveled to Trailblazer Stadium in Englewood for the game. Connell played on the North team that lost the game 3-1. Bohlmann went to the game but, because of an injury, was unable to play in the game.
“At first, I was pretty nervous because I didn’t know anyone,” Connell said. “But me and Murphy just went into the locker room and met some kids, and the butterflies went away.”
The North could have used Bohlmann, who collected 23 goals for the Sailors last season. On Wednesday, the North could only manage one, as the South came out victorious in the 3-1 game. But that didn’t matter to Connell, who simply enjoyed his time on the field, playing with players that he normally plays against.
“I got to play with some kids from Golden, Summit County and Battle Mountain,” Connell said. “There were a lot of kids that I have played before, but never on the same team.”
Bohlmann is still recovering from an injury in the Real Cup earlier this spring.
“It was the first time that I have been named to the team, and who knows if I will be able to make it down again,” Bohlmann said. “I just thought that I would make the most out of the opportunity and also go down and support Quinn.”
He said being on the sidelines was difficult, but he enjoyed the chance to get to know the players from other teams that he faced this season and getting a new perspective.
“It was pretty difficult, but it was cool getting to know some of the people that we actually played during the season. Getting to talk to them and getting to know a different coach as well as his perspective of the game.”
Bohlmann has two screws and three pins holding his wrist together and is only able to take part in limited physical activity said he still has about six weeks of recovery and at least one more surgery on his road to recovery.
Still he is optimistic that by the time the start of the high school season rolls around this year, he will be ready to get back on the field.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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