As we get ready to say hello to 2009, I decided to drop one last surprise on you, the reader, in 2008.
Typically, the last paper of the year features a look back at the top stories of the past 12 months. Personally, I find that angle to be stale, so I thought it would be fresh and fun to try something new.
For the first time ever, the sports staff at Evergreen Newspapers (myself and staff writer Brian Forbes) has put together an all-coverage-area football team.
For those that don’t know, the high schools we currently cover under the Evergreen Newspapers umbrella are: Chatfield, Columbine, Clear Creek, Conifer, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen, Front Range Christian and Platte Canyon.
The selection criteria were rather simple. We were looking for the players that consistently stood out on the football field when we were in attendance. We also talked with local coaches and asked for their input.
Once the team was selected, Brian and I then went back over the list of names and narrowed our Player of the Year selection down to three: Andrew Melton, A.J. Melillo and Willie Hayes. You can see on the previous page who won. It was a very tight race, and a difficult to decision to make, as all three had great seasons.
If the response to this all-area team is good (I hope it is), then moving forward we may look to include more sports and run similar packages throughout the school year.
2008 was filled with a lot of ups and downs for not only myself, but plenty of people around the world. Here’s hoping that 2009 finds us all healthy and living the best life we can.
Dan Johnson is the sports editor for Evergreen Newspapers. Contact him at 303-933-2233, ext. 15 or by e-mail at email@example.com
2008 Evergreen Newspapers all-area football team
QB- Danny Spond, Columbine
HB- Willie Hayes, Conifer
HB- Andrew Melton, D. Ridge
FB- Dillon Whisman, P.Canyon
WR- Austin Rodriguez, Dakota Ridge
WR- Scott Kellogg, Chatfield
TE- Kyle Slavin, Chatfield
OL- Mike Vaggalis, Conifer
OL- Bryce Schwindt, Columbine
OL- Chris Rogers, Columbine
OL- Tanner Russell, Columbine
OL- Mark McKinnon, D. Ridge
DL- John Pontius, Front Range Christian
DL- Jeff Yearsley, Evergreen
DL- Michael Pollick, P.Canyon
DL- Mitch Sturm, Columbine
LB- Jacob Wright, Columbine
LB- Zach Moisey, Chatfield
LB- Kalvin Winter, Conifer
DB- Stephen Theiss, Conifer
DB- Chris Ball, Clear Creek (not pictured)
DB- A.J. Melillo, Platte Canyon
DB- Nathan Wiggins, Columbine
K- Shay Borrego, Chatfield
P- Taylor Accardi, Dakota Ridge
Ath.- Sam Stratton, Chatfield