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Sam Sterling’s reputation is golden

Wren Wertin
Kristin AndersonSam Sterling has always been a team player " as his coaches will attest.
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Eagle-Vail CO, Colorado ” Most of his friends are heading to CU Boulder, but Battle Mountain’s Sam Sterling is setting out for Boston. A golfer in the summer and a hockey player in the winter, his schedule has been packed for four years straight. Breaking from personal tradition, he doesn’t plan on trying out for the school’s hockey team.

“I’m tired of being busy,” he says.

But he’ll probably get homesick for the action on the ice, and wind up playing club hockey.

“I’ve played hockey for 12 years,” he says. “I like hitting, and skating fast ” and I really like my teammates.”

“Sam Sterling is just an all-around good kid,” says Gary Defina, Battle Mountain’s head ice hockey coach. “He’s very nice and very smart off the ice, and always thoughtful and had good ideas to help the team. On the ice he’s a great competitor ” hard working, never takes a practice off or a shift during a game off.”

Sterling was voted an alternate captain by the players and coaches for his senior year. It wouldn’t be surprising if he misses it more than he plans to. If he does decide to play competitively, he’ll certainly be at home on the ice.

“He was a pleasure to work with,” Defina says.

While juggling his school commitments, Sterling plans on enjoying everything the city has to offer.

“I went there last summer and checked out the city,” he says. “There’s a lot of college kids, and something to do every night.”

Despite the nonstop action, he’ll miss living in a small town. He intends to graduate with a business degree from Boston College, with an emphasis in marketing and advertising. The degree jives with his current interests.

“Video production is my favorite class,” he says.

He’s one of the kids who has been tasked with creating the senior video, for which he’s an editor and an actor. In it he plays Sam Seacrest, a force to be reckoned with. (Or at the very least, laughed at.)

For his last hurrah before college, Sterling might take a road trip to Bonnaroo, a massive music festival in Manchester, Tenn. Getting there is, of course, half the fun. Other than that, he plans on being on the golf course when he’s not working at ZaccaZa.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I think I’m going to like how different Boston is from Vail, but I’ll miss the skiing.”

At least the freestyler can come home and work in some turns.


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