Each week, the BoCoPreps.com staff will highlight a handful of active local athletes from a variety of NCAA sports, catching up on where they are in their respective collegiate careers and any recent accomplishments they may have had.
• Kevin Van Lieshout, Boulder Class of 2014: The University of St. Thomas is getting an excellent bounce-back effort from Van Lieshout, a senior defender who missed much of last year. The Tommies, ranked fifth in Division III at 14-1, have gotten four goals and an assist from the former Panther, who has 44 career starts.
• Drew Hebel, Legacy Class of 2014: The ties between Black Hills State and the BoCoPreps.com area are numerous, but Hebel has clearly been one of the best gets for the Yellowjackets, who are 4-3 this year. Hebel led all of Division II football in interceptions (9) last year and was named as an All-American, and he's followed that up with three more so far this season. Two of those came this past weekend against Western State, along with 131 return yards. He has 34 total tackles ahead of a big game against CSU-Pueblo this Saturday.
• Isaac Miller, Silver Creek Class of 2014: A number of frustrating injuries have kept Miller off the field for the Colorado Buffaloes ever since his freshman year, but the Raptor grad is finally healthy and has gotten a chance to play this year on the offensive line for his dream school. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Miller got his first career start against Arizona two weeks ago and in fact has played the past three games.
• Jennifer Townsend, Niwot Class of 2015 and Victoria Biggerstaff, Broomfield Class of 2015: Once Northern League foes at their respective schools, Townsend and Biggerstaff are both juniors at Augustana (Illinois) and have helped the Vikings to a 10-13 record so far this season. Townsend has tallied 27 assists as a reserve setter, while Biggerstaff has 10 kills and 11 digs in 12 matches played.