Beyond the Box Scores

So Many Tough Decisions

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

It's always difficult to pick the players and coaches in our awards show, but this year it seemed to be a little bit easier.

It's really an impossible task.  Take 60 Boys' teams and 60 Girls' teams and pick the 15 best players from those rosters.  Then sepereate them into 5 on the first team, 5 on the second team and 5 on the third team.  But we try.

To be honest, this year it seemed to be a little bit easier for us.  The Boys were easier to pick than the Girls.  Overall, I think we got it mostly right.  Of course, many people will disagree.  Such is the nature of subjective rankings.  And that's okay.

The hardest part is trying to fill out the All-Academic, All-Defensive and Honorable MentionTeams.  Most of those come from the coaches who were wonderful enough to return our email requests for information.  The coaches who cooperate with us are a huge help, and to those coaches I say thank you.

While the proccess is a long one that involves hundreds of communications and lots of organization and paperwork, it is well worth it when you feel like you can honor the kids and coaches who deserve it.  It's even worth it when people email or call us with negative comments.  Every parent feels as if their kid is a D-1 talent.  Just ask the coaches who have to deal with them on a daily basis.  :-)

I want to congratulate all the players that made the list.  It's not easy to make the 1st, 2nd or 3rd team based solely on the sample size that we have to choose from.  The scary thing when I look it is the fact that most of the players are not Seniors.  There seem to be a lot of Juniors.  And that means good things for the Mountains next season.

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