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Ben Wharton, right, celebrates a first-half goal in a game against Aspen this spring. Wharton serves as captain of his three respective sports teams: tennis, hockey and lacrosse.

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Yampa Valley male athlete of the year: Steamboat's Ben Wharton a rare breed of Sailor

Steamboat Springs senior Ben Wharton is about as rare of a breed as Sailors athletes come. Very few varsity athletes can claim they are three-sport athletes — boy or girl. Wharton can, but he isn’t just another name on the roster, someone who scores a goal here and there, or wins a match a few times a season.


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