Vandahl, DeLine shine at All-State games
June 18, 2008
Steamboat Springs — It didn’t take long for Steamboat Springs High School senior Michael Vandahl to get acquainted with new teammates at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State game Saturday.
After putting up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds) in a morning loss, Vandahl became the talk of the tournament in his second game.
The Sailors’ all-time assist leader scored 30 points – including 22 in the first half – and handed out eight assists in his team’s second game of the day.
“I just had to get adjusted,” Vandahl said. “You’re going out there and playing with people and you only have a couple of practices. Eventually you get more comfortable with each other.”
There were four teams, representing all classifications. Vandahl played on a team coached by Ignacio’s Chris Valdez. The team included Justin Coughlin from Yuma, who, like Vandahl, has committed to play at the University of Denver in the fall.
“I’m going down to a camp this weekend at DU, and I’m going down there to play with a bunch of their guys,” Vandahl said. “I’ll be playing with a bunch of their guys until school starts. I’m going to try to be down there every week.”
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Fellow Steamboat senior Ben DeLine played in the All-State football game. Despite falling to the North team, 40-16, the Steamboat Springs kicker had a good day.
DeLine kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first half and added an extra point in the fourth quarter.
DeLine, who is committed to play for Colorado State next year, was the third Steamboat Springs football player to play in the All-State game in the past two years.
Last year, Lane Shipley and Westin Cofer played in the game.