With the fall high school sports season officially in the record book, a deluge of all-star teams have been released honoring the top players in each sport over the past couple of weeks.
Traditionally, every conference/league/district releases a squad, as does most major newspapers, including the Daily Camera and the Times-Call, for their coverage area.
A newer trend is for outside entities, including gyms and energy drinks, to also name all-star teams.
For the most part I'm all for high school players to get as much recognition as they can. Student-athletes put in a tremendous amount of time and effort and they deserve the accolades.
But one thing I'm not a fan of is the practice of naming more than one player at an individual position, or loading up the teams with more honorees than logic dictates.
For example, several years ago a football league in the Denver-metro area would hand out the number of all-league selections a team could have by their finish in the league. The first place team would get 10 selections, the second place team eight, etc.
What ended up happening was that almost every team put their quarterback up, so when the all-league team was released, there was six quarterbacks on the first team.
More recently, an all-Colorado team was released that had 38 selections on the first team offense alone. There were five quarterbacks, six running backs, six wide receivers and four tight ends.
Makes for a crowded backfield.
My feeling is all-star teams should somewhat resemble the sport they are trying to honor. The BoCoPreps all-region football team will be released on Dec. 20, and the first team features 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players and a handful of specialists. That's it.
And this was a year when it was especially tough to narrow it down to a single choice in many positions. There were three quarterbacks that on any given year could have easily been chosen as the first team selection.
But the BoCoPreps staff, with input from local coaches, debated the decision, sometimes loudly, until one player was chosen.
And that's the way it should be. Naming six quarterbacks to a first team is a little like playing in a bowl game with a losing record.
It happens, but it doesn't make it right.
News and notes
• The end of the prep cross country season hasn't slowed down Paul Roberts of Lyons one bit. Roberts, a senior who just wrapped up the most successful boys high school career in Colorado history by winning his fourth consecutive state title while leading the Lions to their fourth straight team championship, has hit the national circuit with similar success.
After finishing 11th during the Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 5 in Portland, Roberts ran in last Saturday's Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, racing to a fifth-place finish in 15:15.6.
Not only was Roberts' finish the state's best boys placing at FLN since John McGuire ran to a fourth-place finish in 2004, it also earned him a spot on the first team All-American squad.
McGuire was a three-time state champion from D'Evelyn who went on to run for Stanford University.
• The accolades continue to roll in for Broomfield soccer coach Jim Davidson, who led the Eagles to a second-consecutive 5A state title last month. On Wednesday, Davidson was named the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year for in the high school boys large schools division.
Davidson was also named the Spring Mountain West Regional Coach of the Year for the high school girls large division.
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