Soroco’s Peterson, Logan lead postseason basketball honorees
Routt County basketball postseason honors
Briana Peterson, 1st team all-league, league player of the year, 2nd team all-state
DaKota Bruner, 1st team all-league
Morgan George, 1st team all-league
Charlee Veilleux, honorable mention all-league
Eric Logan, 1st team all-league, league co-player of the year, HM all-state
Warren Hayes, 1st team all-league
Storm Veilleux, 1st team all-league
Chance Beaty, 1st team all-league
Jon Rinck, 1st team all-league
Ethan Riniker, 1st team all-league
John Zalesky, HM all-league
Annie Osbourn, 1st team all-league
Jenna Miller, 2nd team all-league
Raya Duryea, 2nd team all-league
Grace Wilkie, HM all-league
Emma Johnson, HM all-league
Steamboat Springs — Looking for a player of the year? Well, the Soroco High School basketball teams have two.
Briana Peterson, a senior for the Ram girls, and Eric Logan, a senior on the boys’ team, were both awarded player of the year honors in the Class 2A Western Slope Gore league following the 2015-16 season.
Peterson, who also earned second team all-state honors in 2A from the Colorado High School Activities Association, led the Rams with 23 points per game en route to a 20-4 overall record, league title and spot in their regional championship game. Peterson, along with fellow four-year senior Kali Constine, finished her playing career with a school record 69 wins.
Peterson will have an opportunity to continue her basketball career in college, though she has yet to make a decision on where.
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“She’s got a lot of options, but she’s just kind of keeping her options open to see where she feels best,” Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner said. “She is going to make that decision, probably in April.”
Last week, Peterson played in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports all-star basketball game, of which Bruner was also invited to help coach. On top of her player of the year honors, Peterson was named first team all-league alongside juniors DaKota Bruner, now a three-time first-team selection, and Morgan George. Sophomore Charlee Veilleux was an honorable mention selection.
Logan, who is signed to compete for the rodeo program at Odessa College in Texas, led the boys team with 15.3 points per game despite missing the first seven games due to a lingering football injury. The Soroco boys went 15-5 overall and were co-league champions.
“The biggest part, I think, was his leadership,” Soroco boys’ basketball coach Shawn Hayes said about Logan. “He’s a really good, all-around athlete. But I think his leadership he brings to any of the teams he is on, as far as his willingness to do anything that the coaches ask … he’s got an instant buy-in and tries to bring everyone else along with him.”
Logan, an honorable mention all-state selection, was one of four Rams named first team all-league. He was joined by fellow seniors Warren Hayes, Chance Beaty and Storm Veilleux.
Six Sailors earn all-league honors
The Steamboat Springs High School basketball teams had six players named all-league, three boys and three girls.
For the boys, senior Jon Rinck and junior Ethan Riniker were first team in the 4A Western Slope, while senior John Zalesky was honorable mention. Despite being slowed by injuries throughout the season, Rinck led the Sailors with 14.3 points per game en route to a 12-12 overall record and 4A state tournament berth. As it stands, Rinck also has a good chance to continue his basketball career in college.
“It would have been interesting to see what he would have gotten if he would have been healthy for the whole season,” SSHS boys’ basketball coach Michael Vandahl said of Rinck, who is also his brother. “He really only had one varsity season, so he’s a little late in the process. He still needs a couple of years to mature. He’ll probably have to redshirt somewhere, but, if he stuck with it for a couple of years, I think he’d be a really good college player.”
The Steamboat girls, who finished 8-13, had one first team player in senior Annie Osbourn, and two second-team selections in senior Jenna Miller and junior Raya Duryea.
The Hayden High School girls’ basketball team had a pair named honorable mention all-league in junior Grace Wilkie and senior Emma Johnson. The Hayden boys did not have anyone on the all-league teams.
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