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Dont take your eyes off these Huskies

Davey DeChantSpecial to the DailyVail, CO Colorado
Davey DeChant
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While only seniors receive recognition each year as the outstanding athletes of their class, Battle Mountain has prominent athletes juniors down to freshmen who deserve acknowledgment. Heres a look ahead at who might be snagging athletic honors as a senior in the near future.

While the class of 2009 may not stand out among its surrounding classes of 2007, 2008 or 2010, the soon-to-be seniors have a few major contributors with great success so far in their high school careers. Annalisa Padget-Shields, who transfered from Glenwood Springs last fall, made her presence felt on the volleyball court, where she started every game for the Huskies who returned to the state tournament. She attributes her great season to the work of coach Bryan Doyon. He pushes us harder (than at Glenwood) and expects more of us, so we accomplish more, Padget-Shields said. After running for varsity track in the spring, Padget-Shields is looking to improve in the high jump 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 turned heads in cross country, Nordic and track in 2007-08. In just his first year of cross country, Wallace ran for the state-champion boys varsity team. Wallace credits his Nordic experience with aiding his cross country success, and vice versa. Wallace finished 13th or better in each of his high school Nordic races this season. In his first year of track, Wallace was an alternate for the state-title 3,200-meter relay team.I began running my freshman year to get in shape, Wallace said. I didnt begin running competitively until Jonny (Stevens) and John (ONeill) encouraged me to. As he heads toward his senior season, Wallace will be in the spotlight.

Among the already highly decorated class of 2010, outstanding athletes are more than abundant, and the current front-runners 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 more than 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, shes actually younger than her sophomore classification suggests, as her October 1992 birthday makes her young enough to have been a freshman. After her sophomore accomplishments, its hard to imagine just how far she could go. I want to do the best I can, as long as Im improving and Im getting something done, Ammaturo said.Connor Tedstrom, also known as Connorsaurus, is another sophomore with impeccable credentials. After two seasons of starting and lettering on the varsity soccer and hockey teams, as well as running a leg with the 3,200 relay team, Tedstrom has set the stage for what could be one of the brightest high school careers in the history of Battle Mountain. Tedstrom already has 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 have been a freshman this year, after he skipped a grade early in his school career. This fact only makes his success more impressive, as Tedstrom could be better after an extra year to develop preceding high school. With so many accomplishments already, Tedstrom is a phenomenal athlete who should be watched closely in the future.

Though this years freshman class has not yet shown the potential that its counterparts revealed last year, there are a few key 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 performer. Idzikowski ran junior varsity cross country in the fall and certainly could have 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 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, thats quite a feat for a freshman.Among the freshmen boys, three-sporter David Shearon looks primed for a big 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. Shearon raced for the alpine ski team in the winter and ran 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, said Shearon, one of many Huskies who has been recruited by running coach Rob Parish. I wanted to do a fall sport, and I just showed up at practice one day. Davey DeChant is a soon-to-be senior at Battle Mountain High School.


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