Steamboat high school athletes pick up end-of-season honors
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School basketball players Mac Riniker, Tyler Doyne, Aden Knaus, Jake Berry and Dawson Lindquist were rewarded for their efforts on the court when they received Western Slope all-conference honors this week.
“Those five individuals worked really hard in the off-season, and they are good kids,” Steamboat Springs High School boys coach Michael Vandahl said. “It’s nice to see them get honored for their hard work.”
Riniker, Doyne and Knaus, all juniors, were named to the all-conference first team, and senior Jake Berry and sophomore Dawson Lindquist earned honorable mention honors.
“Mac (Riniker) was second in the voting behind Devin Huffman for Player of the Year,” Vandahl said. “It shows the respect that the other coaches have for our team and the players we have this year.”
Riniker played 21 games this season, averaging 16.6 points, seven rebounds and just over three steals per game. Doyne played 24 games this season and averaged 8.8 points per game. Knaus netted 9.9 points and four rebounds per game.
Berry averaged 6.6 points per game, and Lindquist finished with 4.9 per game.
The good news for the Sailors is that four of those five players are expected back next season, and after losing to Windsor, 46-31, Saturday in the round of 32, Vandahl expects the Sailors to be hungry next season. Windsor was slated to face Longmont Wednesday evening in the Sweet 16.
“We had high expectations for this year, because we knew that we were going to be young, but we had a lot of talent,” Vandahl said. “This team faced a lot of adversity throughout the year — some of it was brought on by ourselves, and some of it was not. You can’t control injuries, but I’m proud of the boys for how they fought through some of that adversity.”
Weiss honored as Sailor girls team looks to future
Shelbee Weiss proved to be a bright spot for the Steamboat Springs High School girls team, earning all-state honorable mention honors earlier this week.
Weiss, a sophomore, brought the type of energy to the team that head coach George Ibarra believes will help drive the team in the future. The Sailors struggled this season to find the wins column, going 0-11 in the Western Slope League.
“She brings a very positive, intense energy to the court,” Ibarra said. “I look at her as a quiet leader. She is not someone who is out there yelling at people all the time. She just leads by example.”
Ibarra said Weiss is a hard worker who inspires her teammates by the way she practices and plays.
“Everybody else just feeds off of that,” Ibarra said. “You can always see the difference when she is on the court. It’s a different energy.”
Top skiers honored by state
The Steamboat Springs High School ski teams had six skiers race to all-state honors this season.
In Nordic, Wyatt Mortenson was named to the all-state boys team, and first-year skier Winter Boese earned a spot on the all-state girls team.
The top five skiers at the state meet and the top five skiers in the overall rankings of the Colorado High School Ski League earn all-state honors, according to Steamboat Springs Nordic coach Jesse Wilkins.
Steamboat was also well represented on the Alpine side with Amber Elliott (slalom), Olivia Flake (giant slalom and slalom), Kia Scott (giant slalom) and Aden Wade (slalom) named to the all-state team after recording top-10 finishes at last week’s state meet.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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