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blog: Shooting stars at Battle Mountain High School

Davey DeChant
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” While only seniors receive recognition each year as the outstanding athletes of their class, there are certainly prominent athletes that deserve acknowledgment among the other three grades. Here’s a look ahead at who might be snagging athletic honors as a senior in the not so distant future.

Though this year’s freshmen class has not yet shown the potential that last year’s freshmen revealed, there are a few key student athletes whom big things shall be expected of in the next three years.

On the girls side, three sport athlete Sydney Idzikowski has shown promise in developing into a very successful high school athlete. Idzikowski ran junior varsity cross country in the fall, and could have certainly made varsity if not for the depth of the team in front of her. And after playing basketball in the winter, Idzikowski laced up her cleats to letter for the varsity girls soccer team as a midfielder, putting away her first varsity goal in the process. On a team that went 15-0 in the regular season, that’s quite a feat for a freshman.

Among the freshmen boys, three sport athlete David Shearon looks prime for a decorated high school career. He spent much of the year on the boys varsity cross country team and was an alternate for the state championship team before running in a national qualifier as well. He raced for the alpine ski team in the winter and ran for track in the spring, where he was on the cusp of making the varsity team. His success came despite limited training to prepare for these sports, particularly for cross country.

“It was kind of an accident that I joined cross country,” Shearon said. “I wanted to do a fall sport and I just showed up at practice one day.” Shearon credits coach Rob Parish with pushing him to run track in the spring.

Among the already highly decorated class of 2010, outstanding student athletes are more than abundant, meaning the two frontrunners for senior recognition surely have remarkable resumes. Marisa Ammaturo amassed an incredible sophomore season on the alpine skiing and girls soccer teams.

While finishing in the top five in each of her races, including a victory at Ski Cooper, Ammaturo was one of five girls selected to the all-state giant slalom team from a field of over 100. She did no less in the spring, leading the soccer team with 25 goals and 16 assists on her way to taking all league honors.

Incredibly enough, she’s actually younger than her sophomore classification suggests, as her October birthday in 1992 makes her young enough to be a freshman. After her incredible sophomore accomplishments, it’s hard to imagine just how far her success could go. “I want to do the best I can, as long as I’m improving and I’m getting something done,” she said of her future.

Connor Tedstrom, also known as Connorsaurus, is another sophomore with an already impressive resume. After two seasons of starting and lettering on the varsity soccer and hockey teams as well as running a leg in the boys state championship 3200 meter relay team, Tedstrom has set the stage for what could be one of the brightest high school careers in the history of Battle Mountain. He has already earned all-state honors in each of his three sports, and should only improve in the coming years.

Like Ammaturo, Tedstrom is also young enough to be a freshman this year, after he skipped a grade early in his schooling. This fact only makes his success more impressive, as he could have been even better after an extra year to develop athletically preceding high school. With so many accomplishments already, Tedstrom is a phenomenal athlete who should be watched closely in the future.

While the class of 2009 may not stand out among its surrounding classes of 2007, 2008, or 2010, it has a few major contributors with great success thus far in their high school careers. Annalisa Padget-Shields, a transfer from Glenwood Springs High School this year, made her presence felt on the volleyball court, where she started every game for a team the regional champion Huskies.

She attributes her great season to the work of Coach Bryan Doyon saying of him, “He pushes us harder (than at Glenwood), and expects more of us, so we accomplish more.” After running for varsity track in the spring, Padget-Shields, is looking to improve more in high and long jump for next season. This, with her volleyball success, will make her a prime candidate for the female outstanding senior athlete award.

On the boys side, Conor Wallace has shown success in cross country, Nordic, and track this season. In just his first year of cross country, Wallace ran for the state championship boys varsity team. He credits his Nordic experience with aiding his cross country success, and vice versa, as he finished thirteenth or better in each of his high school Nordic races this season. In track, Wallace was an alternate for the state championship 3200 meter relay team despite it also being his first year in that sport.

“I began running my freshman year to get in shape,” Wallace said. “I didn’t begin running competitively until Jonny (Stevens) and John (O’Neill) encouraged me to.” As he heads toward his senior season, Wallace shall certainly turn some heads as a significant senior athlete.


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