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Soroco senior Chloe Veilleux named Western Slope Player of the Year

Soroco senior Chloe Veilleux charges up to the basket against the Tigers on Friday, Jan. 18, at Hayden High School. (Photo by Leah Vann)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Soroco High School senior Chloe Veilleux claims she did nothing differently this year than what she had done in the past.

But in a season where Veilleux inscribed her name as scoring the fifth most points in a single game in Colorado girls high school basketball history and surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark, she was the ultimate baller of the Class 1A/2A Western Slope League, earning its league Player of the Year title.

All-Conference Honors Class 1A/2A Western Slope League

Soroco

Girls basketball
All-conference
Chloe Veilleux
Kayla Wille
Kayedence Bruner

All-conference honorable mention
Grace Olinger

1A/2A Western Slope League Player of the Year
Chloe Veilleux

Boys basketball
All Conference
Grant Redmond

All-conference honorable mention
Nick Estes
Jesse Koler

Hayden

Girls basketball
All-conference honorable mention
Alex Camilletti

Boys basketball
All-conference honorable mention
Chris Carrouth

Veilleux didn’t even know she had won the title or really knew the numbers behind her stellar season. She missed the announcement at the sports banquet.

Her season total of 445 points, shooting 33-percent from the field and 60-percent from the line, eclipsed 1,159 total career points. She also amassed 113 steals, 97 rebounds and 71 assists.

“We had a sports banquet on Thursday and, apparently, [coach David] Bruner announced it, and I missed it,” Veilleux said. “And my mom texted me yesterday at the track meet and she told me, and I was like, ‘Oh really? Right on.'”

Of the 445 points scored, 240 were 3-pointers, meaning she made 80 throughout the season, including 10 in her historic game against Meeker. Her second highest scoring year was as a sophomore with 340 points, where she made 58 3-pointers.

“It just all came together this year,” Veilleux said. “Just experience, and we shoot quite a bit at practice, and that’s always helpful. The lord blessed me with a good season. It was a fun way to end my high school career.”

It was also the first time during head coach David Bruner’s girls basketball coaching career at Soroco that he’s had someone named player of the year.

“It’s always better to have them on your team than against you,” Bruner said. “And we’ve had a lot of really good players on our team in the last 10 years, and hopefully we will continue that.”

The highlight of Veilleux’s season was her 10 3-pointers at the Meeker Shootout, where the Rams won the tournament for the first time.

As a graduating senior, Veilleux will miss the girls she grew up playing basketball with and the community that watches every game.

Her final season as an athlete will be in track and field this spring, where Veilleux will look to collect state titles in long- and short-distance races.

Veilleux has received a full ride to run cross country and track and field at Union University, a Division 2 Christian university in Jackson, Tennessee, this fall. She also plans to walk on to the school’s basketball team. Her sister, Charlie, who currently studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, will join her.

“It just gives me confidence,” Veilleux said. “As long as I keep working hard and have that drive to win, it should work out. I just want to have fun with it and enjoy the last bit of it because it goes by really fast.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.


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