When Hayden High School boys basketball needed it most, Dan Engle was there. Injuries piled up before the 2013-14 season even began, but as the bench started to thin out, Engle did all he could to keep a once-dominant Tigers program competitive.
Jordan Temple has been one of the best, if not the best, players for Hayden on the volleyball court since she entered high school. That certainly didn’t change during her junior season, but she stood out as the Hayden High School female athlete of the year not just because of what she did on the volleyball court but also because she was willing to expand her horizons beyond her best sport.
Ryan Jeep didn’t need to prove anything in his senior year. He was already a critical part of the core of the basketball and football teams in Soroco and the baseball team in Steamboat, and none of that changed in his last go-around with high school sports.
It’s not exactly easy choosing the best female athlete from Soroco for the 2013-14 season, not because there are so few options but because there are so many. Junior Jessica Rossi still stands out from the crowd, however, and delivered dominating performances and served as a team leader in every season.
All-seasons Soroco coach David Bruner wasn’t at the helm of any state championship runs this year. None of his teams even won their league. Still, it’s hard to discount the job Bruner did this season, guiding the football, girls basketball and track teams to some of their best seasons.
Read more about the Yampa Valley athletes who showed the most growth this year.
Hayden's Taylor Hagar and Steamboat's Dakota Thvedt had an immediate impact on their squads as Soroco's DaKota Bruner and Moffat County's Cheianne Pinnt come into their own.
There were questions about this year’s Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team, real questions about whether or not it would be able to replicate the success of the 2013 season, when the team made the state semifinals.
The improvement of returning track athletes and the arrival of other talented teammates made the Bulldogs one of the most dangerous sprinting teams in Class 3A this year.
From overtime wins to late-game rallies, powerful defensive performances to heartbreaking losses, Yampa Valley sports teams delivered plenty of thrilling games this season.
Here are some of the most memorable standout performances delivered by athletes in the Yampa Valley.
The Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Championships wrap-up from the weekend.
One of the most noble professions any high school senior can embark on is serving the United States of America. This year, four Moffat County High School seniors pledged their lives to serve our country by joining a branch of the military.
The Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeos began at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Thursday.
Craig Daily Press sports writer Nate Waggenspack on the 2013-14 sports seasons, a year of coverage he loved from start to finish.