Don’t tell Bandoni: VMS soccer all-league named
EAST VAIL – To put it lightly, Vail Mountain soccer coach Bob Bandoni is not exactly a big fan of the concept of all-league.It is a mark of individual recognition which contradicts the team concept and “The System” of his program.And, since I’ve been interviewing the Bandon for eight years – and he interviewed me once – it’s really not necessary to talk to him on his thoughts about the team’s four all-league selections.
Here is a hypothetical all-league interview with Bandoni.Freud: “Bob, what’s it like to have four plays on the all-league team.”Bandoni: “My first thought, such as it relates to individual accomplishments, is that they are the result of the culture of soccer which stems from our school and its synergy. In as much as it relates to the product of play, such honors are impostors. Much more, this reflects the disposition of the psyche of our team and the tenor of the climate of our team.”Freud: “Huh?”
Bandoni: (now whispering as he does when he talks about important matters): “But, the Red Sox. We lost Pedro (Martinez). We can’t give $56 million to a six-inning pitcher. At least ‘The Fools’ didn’t get him. David Wells is going to look strange in a Boston uniform. Edgar Renteria was a good pickup at shortstop. This could be the year.”Freud: “Uh, Bob, the Red Sox finally won the World Series this year.”Bandoni: “But, we haven’t won a World Series in two months.”So, in the interests of streamlining things, some thoughts on VMS soccer’s all-leaguers:
— Sylvan Ellefson: No. 16 was a rock at center back, the source of the Gore Rangers’ attack. His goals were clutch, including scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Aspen and a game-winner versus CRMS. As a co-captain, he was a steadying presence for a young team. Now a senior, his personal growth after the death of his father more than six years ago is inspirational. This winter, look for Ellefson to be a state-title threat in Nordic.– Max Avery: This is a very astute pick by the coaches of the 3A Slope. On any given day, VMS was as good as its midfield play and Avery was a leader there. When the play flowed through Avery, Bandoni was a happy man. Though he didn’t get on the scoresheet often, he was a part of the biggest goal of the season. Avery “yacked” the ball to Patrick Scanlan in overtime for the game-winner against Denver Lutheran, sending VMS to the state playoffs.– Tyler Kjesbo: Kjesbo moved to center mid against CRMS in September and found his place. Though he didn’t score as often as he would have liked, he generated offense with the best of them. People’s evidence A was his three-assist performance against Paonia. Bob, no more yapping about Paonia, OK? One final note on Kjesbo – he led the league in head bands.– Sebastian Faessler: An honorable-mention, Faessler, aka Seabass, played outside back with a flair. Of course, you have to when you have such a cool nickname. Faessler’s biggest moment in 2004 was his goal against Lutheran, which gave VMS an early 1-0 lead.
— Patrick Scanlan: By virtue of a double-yellow card, Scanlan didn’t make the team. No cards? He’s easily on this team. Tied for a team-high seven goals with Casey Kleisinger – can you say snubbed, Casey – Scanlan had a heck of a fall. He kicked field goals for Battle Mountain, including a 53-yarder vs. Eagle Valley. By the way, we can say it now – nice hits, Patrick. On the pitch, he matured greatly and was very disruptive as a striker. He also provided the postcard moment of the season with his golden goal against Lutheran.– Michael Busenhart: Against Aspen, he picked up the ball outside the box. Whoops. Red card. No all-league. Boozi’s still very deserving. From his mythical debut as a freshman stopping a penalty kick coming off the bench cold, Busenhart has been the man in goal. This season was a great one to finish a great career. He was stellar against Aspen, saving a game. He got conked hard against Lutheran. Though he was seeing spots, he stayed in, showing his toughness. Now, we just hope his hair has grown back and that Bandoni has stopped rambling about the Red Sox.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.Vail Colorado
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.