Five VMS spikers all-league
Just about all that is missing is VMS athletic director Jamie Farquhar asking everybody to stand for The Pledge of Allegiance.
Five of VMS’ six starters – Lara “Tree” Bossow, Maggie Haslee, Tiffany Allan, Aubrie Apple and Cely Brinkmann – all got their all-league medals at last weekend’s end-of-season banquet.
The first three on the list are repeat winners, but that doesn’t make the award any less sweet for Haslee. She started the serving for the Gore Rangers, cracking the top 10 in 1A in aces. As an outside hitter, she ranked with the best in kills.
And, when it came to pumping up her teammates, no one was better than Haslee.
“The motivation that she has provided and the enthusiasm made it exciting to be a part of practice, let alone be part of a match,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “When someone is that excited and has that much emotion, it’s fun to be around.”
Allan, the setter, was seventh in the state in assists, so postseason awards, in theory, would seem to have been a no-brainer. But not after last year when all four of VMS’ hitters (Bossow, Haslee, Juli Littman and Ashley Apple) received some sort of state recognition, while Allan got snubbed.
Not this year. She was all-league and was selected to the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-Star Game last weekend with Bossow.
“It’s kind of like having a running back who’s the leading rusher and nobody on the (offensive) line gets any recognition,” Garvey said. “It just doesn’t happen. It was nice that she got that pat on the back from somebody other than her coach and her teammates.”
VMS also had two freshmen – Aubrie Apple and Brinkmann – make the team. To put this in perspective, what’s-her-name, tall girl, No. 11 did not make the team in her first year.
“It shows the caliber of player that these girls were. Tree was not all-league as a freshman,” Garvey said. “We had two this year that were and, in my opinion, maybe a third (Lindsay Wright), who could have been all-league. It’s something to look forward to.”
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.