Steamboat Springs High School teams, athletes honored for efforts in the classroom
Steamboat Springs — Athletic teams from Steamboat Springs enjoyed plenty of highs on courts, fields, fairways and trails during the fall, but that wasn’t the only place the Sailors’ student-athletes excelled.
The also fared well in the classroom, with both the Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team and volleyball team earning academic all-state team honors, along with 29 individual students who were named to the academic all-state team and eight more who earned honorable mention honors.
“I think it’s a big deal anytime you earn honors, academically,” said Luke DeWolfe, Steamboat Springs High School athletic director. “It’s something that we are proud of, and it is the focus of what our programs are all about.”
In order to make the cut, a team’s cumulative grade point average must average 3.50. During the fall, the Sailors girls cross country team averaged 3.75, and the volleyball team averaged 3.68. DeWolfe said that, most years, the high school has one or two teams achieve that level, adding that the school has always had a culture in which athletic teams strive to reach high marks in the classroom in addition to success in sports.
He said this is a joint effort involving parents, teachers and coaches, all of whom are pushing students to find success in the classroom, not only on the field. Coaches and teachers, he said, often work together to address the challenges student athletes face and always stress that success in the classroom is the No. 1 objective.
“Academics always come first,” DeWolfe said. “In the end, finding success in school is the most important part of the student-athlete experience. There are far more scholarships handed out for success in the classroom than there are for success on the field.”
In addition to the team honors, Steamboat also had a large group of student-athletes who earned individual academic all-state honors during the fall. In order to earn a spot on the academic all-state team, a student athlete must have a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA. The athlete must also be a letter winner or equivalent in the activity in which he or she has been nominated and a participant in a Colorado High School Activities Association sponsored activity. The award is only open to juniors and seniors.
The cross country team had nine athletes named to the team, including Shay Adamo, Meg Anderson, Sadie Cotton, Isabel Feldmann, Loren Requist, Olivia Requist, Aubrey Rohde, Jonathan Ruehle and Thyme Zuschlag. The boys soccer team was represented by Jake Berry, Will Beurskens, Macaulley Dumke, Andrew McCawley, Will McConnell and Ross VanHara.
Raya Duryea, Micah Feeley, Wyleigh Myers and Este’ Wilkinson represented the volleyball team, with Luke Borgerding, River Fox-Welch, Bryan Gilbertson and Peter Wharton representing the boys tennis team.
The honorees for the football team included Charlie Harrington, Colton Pasternak, Canon Reece and Zachary Roach, and Jack McNamara and Nolan Sankey earned honors for the boys golf team.
Steamboat also had eight student athletes named to the academic all-state team as honorable mentions, including Nolan Connell (tennis), Max Lynch (tennis), Charlie Smith (tennis), Matthew Hansen (football), Jacob Taulman (golf), Hannah McCreight (volleyball), Samantha Stevenson (volleyball) and Jason Oehme (soccer)
The students in this group had to have a GPA between 3.30 and 3.59 and were required to have met all other criteria for the academic all-state honors.
For veteran coach Wendy Hall, having her players and teams honored for their accomplishments in the classroom is an important tradition in which she takes great pride when her athletes are recognized.
“I can’t remember the last time we have not won,” Hall said of her team’s being named to academic all-state. “We have a longstanding tradition of being named academic all-state, and it’s something that I’m just as proud of as anything else that we have ever done. Winning this honor means that these kids have set themselves up, post high school, to have great success in college and in life.”
Hall credits her team’s success to a long tradition of never losing sight of what’s important in life and understanding that the lessons her athletes learn in sports goes beyond sports.
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