Sterkel heads back to Denver |

Sterkel heads back to Denver

Ryan Slabaugh

Sterkel, the starting setter for the Devils, hit the 30-assist mark time and time again this season, and her merits have earned her a trip into the 3A all-state game at Broomfield High School in Denver Sunday.

“I guess I have one more game left,” said Sterkel, who’s team went 21-9 this season, winning the league, district and regional championships. “I’ve played against a lot (of the other players) in club, mostly. There will be a bunch of good girls who play pretty well.”

During the regional championship, Sterkel and her team had just completed a huge comeback against Centauri and were serving, up 13-12. Sterkel’s surprise kill made it match point, and her nice cross-court pass to sophomore Kenzie Shreeve solidified the match and a bid in state, held in the Denver Coliseum.

Sterkel, however, wasn’t sure why she was invited to the all-state game.

“I don’t know. That’s a good question,” she said. “I guess they just liked how I played and that I got my team to state.”

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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