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Steamboat lands 4 on league team

— Four members of the Steamboat Springs basketball team that reached the regional playoffs have earned all-conference honors.

Senior post players Ryan Scheer and Alex Mackey were named to the first team while senior point guard Jeff Aragon and freshman Cameron Burney were honorable-mention selections.

The four Sailors were instrumental in securing fifth place in the district tournament and a spot in the regional tournament by beating Moffat County for the second time this season. Matched against the fourth-ranked team in the state, Broomfield, the Sailors came close to upsetting the Eagles at regionals when they trailed by just one point with 11 seconds left in the game. Broomfield won the game 55-50 and ended its playoff run at the state championship game, where it lost to Montezuma-Cortez 46-39.



Despite injuries that had Scheer, Aragon and Mackey out for parts of the season, the Sailors finished with a 14-9 record and fourth in the Western Slope League.

The 6-foot-5 Mackey led the team, averaging 11 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Scheer averaged 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.



As the sole returning starter, Aragon led the team in assists and steals.

Aragon had 5 assists per game and 4.1 steals. Aragon, who had trouble with ankle injuries throughout the season, also scored 10.2 points per game.

One of Aragon’s biggest games came against Broomfield where he finished with a team high 22 points. Two of those points were scored when he drove the ball in from almost midcourt to put in a layup and pull the Sailors to within 51-50 with 11 seconds left on the clock.

As the Sailors’ sixth man, Burney averaged 6.2 points a game and 6.4 rebounds.

The 6-foot-3 freshman also broke a school record as he finished the season with a 74 percent field goal percentage. He sunk 52 of 73 field attempts.

Burney’s consistency came up big for the Sailors when he put in the last two points to seal Steamboat’s double-overtime win over top-ranked Delta in midseason.

Those were two of the 23 points Burney tallied in the game as he came off the bench to replace an injured Scheer.

In one of the closest Western Slope League battles in recent years, Steamboat, Moffat County, Delta, Battle Mountain and Rifle all had two players named first team all-conference.

Moffat County’s Kyle Hazelwood was named the league’s most valuable player.


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