Sailors succumb

Steamboat downed by illness, injury, Indians

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team fell victim to bad timing last weekend. After playing its best ball of the season Feb. 17 and 18 in road wins at Rifle and Glenwood Springs, the Sailors succumbed to injuries and illness in the opening-round of the state tournament Friday.

Montrose, a team Steam--boat beat earlier in the season, defeated the Sailors, 55-39, at Battle Mountain High School.

"We just got striked," Sail--ors coach Kelly Meek said. "Cameron Petet got sick, so he didn't practice all week. Scott (Peterson) got sick and threw up at halftime -- a lot. Cameron came back, but we could only use him sporadically."

Junior Tanner Stillwell hurt his knee and was limited off the bench. Without those three -- and with senior Mitch Bryden on the bench in foul trouble -- the Sailors were undermanned against the Indians.

Still, Steamboat was ahead at halftime, at the end of the third quarter and midway through the fourth. "With probably three minutes left, we started turning the ball over," Meek said. "But the biggest factor was they pounded the offensive glass on us. That was throughout the game. There were times we were up eight and could have been up by 15. Credit Montrose, we had no defensive board cover. It was a bunch of little guys trying to cover it all."

Steamboat's Michael Van--dahl led the way with 14 points, including four three-point baskets. "He had a heck of a game," Meek said. "I thought he had his best game as a point guard overall."

The season is over, but most of the team is back in the gym. Friday's game was the last for seniors Peterson, Bryden -- who transferred in this season -- and Dillon Jenkins, a first-year varsity starter. "I'm really going to miss the three seniors," Meek said. "Dillon, Scott and Mitch did a great job this year being really good to the young kids and were team leaders."

Steamboat was 11-12 overall.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail

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