Pearson, Cavanaugh all-state for Saints
EDWARDS – This was not exactly rocket science, but well-deserved nonetheless.Vail Christian picked up two all-state sections last weekend in Caleb Pearson and Danielle Cavanaugh.Pearson will playing the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Game in June, while Cavanaugh will be on the floor for the Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports game.These games will cap star-studded careers for the Saints seniors. All Pearson did was finish as the school’s career leader in scoring, rebounds, steals, blocks, field-goals made and field-goal percentage.All Cavanaugh did in 2006-07 was lead the Saints with 14 points and seven rebounds per game, as well as topping the team in defensive rebounds, steals and blocks. And she did all this as a guard.
While both seniors were out of town, starting their mission trips, their respective coaches were more than willing to toot their pupils’ horns.”Caleb has basically averaged a double-double since his sophomore season,” boys’ coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “He has eight varsity letters in football, basketball and track, and seven all-conference awards. So basically, any time he is playing, he’s one of the best in the league. He’s been outstanding in sports, especially basketball.””(Danielle) has got to be, when you consider to be the full package of her stats, the most complete basketball player Vail Christian’s ever had,” girls’ coach Patrick Beaudine said. “Rachel Glandorf was special. Lisa Rohlwing was special. Meagan Doughty was special. But a guard averaging seven rebounds per game and doing all that she didwas incredible.”MVPsWhile Vail Christian does not give out most-valuable player awards, these two are the ones. Pearson scored eight points his freshman year, and then promptly averaged 300-points-plus per season for the next three.
“Losing Caleb is going to be a huge factor,” Saints junior Jaryd Francis said. “We’re still going to have to figure out what to do because he was such a dominant player.”Cavanaugh’s trip to an all-state game was particularly sweet given that her 2005-06 season ended with blown-out left knee against DeBeque. She rehabbed with vigor and didn’t look like she lost a step this year.”Since she started the season so strong physically and mentally, we tend to forget how far she had come to get herself back to that point,” Beaudine said. “In light of her knee, it’s extra special.”All-leaguers
Francis and Hannah Morris joined Pearson and Cavanaugh on their respective 1A Mountain League all-league teams.Morris, like Cavanaugh, was coming back from a knee injury. Nevertheless, she averaged 11 points per game and topped the team in assists.”Overall, it was awesome,” Morris said. “The season was really a growing experience personally and as far as playing basketball. Coach Beaudine had a lot to do with that and so did the seniors. It was just a lot of fun.”Francis is all-league for the second season in a row.”It’s a good feeling to know that you’re being thought of by other coaches and that you’re getting respect from the other teams,” he said.Bianca Jensen, Chase Gruber and Will Parker all earned all-league honorable-mention selections.
Jensen emerged as a potent scoring threat as a freshman late in the year, continuing to fuel optimism, in the girls’ program’s future. Gruber, along with A.J. Burgess, showed a deft outside touch, while Parker gives the boys’ team a returning point guard for the first time in the program’s history.Free throwsThe Vail Christian boys’ team finished the season with a 3.54 grade-point average to win the 1A state basketball academic championship. This is the second set of Saints to be honored so this school year. The volleyball team also won it last fall. … Vail Christian launched its soccer program Monday in a 3-0 loss to the Battle Mountain JV. The Saints are competing at the JV level in their inaugural season.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.