McKinley races to all-state honors
Post Independent Staff
Almost a month has passed by, but Sam McKinley continues to pick up honors for his accomplishments at the Class 2A state track meet.
The Grand Valley High School senior-to-be was one of two area prep athletes selected to the “Best of the Best” all-state teams by the Denver Post.
McKinley earned his way on the state 2A boys track team by winning the boys 100 and 200 meters finals. It’s the first time Grand Valley High School has had a double state champion.
In those events, run at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium, McKinley clocked electronically timed marks of 11.15 and 23.03 seconds.
Prior to Denver Post’s award, McKinley’s victories earned him a proclamation from Parachute mayor Roy McClung, designating May 26 as “Sam McKinley Day” at the track team’s season-ending awards banquet.
Basalt High sophomore Jessi Graf was named as a first-team choice to the state Class 3A girls soccer team. In the recently completed 2006 season Graf scored 13 goals with 16 assists.
Four other area spring-season prep athletes earned honorable mention in three sports.
Glenwood Springs freshman Katrina Selsor, the 4A girls double event regional distance champion, was honored by finishing third in the state 3,200-meter run.
Beau Chicoine, one of the Demons’ top hitters in 2006, was named to the postseason, 4A state baseball squad as an infielder. Rifle High catcher Bryce Enewold received similar honors.
In his third year as a starter, Chicoine helped lift Glenwood to its first baseball postseason appearance in his high school career. The 2006 Demons finished the year with a 13-7 record.
Chicoine hit a team-high .476 with 30 hits in 63 at bats, including 19 runs batted in and 12 extra-base hits.
Enewold, the Bears’ starting catcher the past three seasons, wrapped up his high school career as the team’s co-leader in hits while compiling a .460 batting average.
Defensively, he threw out 21 of 25 runners attempting to steal bases against him this past year.
Basalt junior Katie Staerkel was awarded honorable mention on the 3A girls state soccer team.
Staerkel scored an area high 21 goals with 14 assists in 2006.
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