A little more than a decade ago, following the completion of the 2005-06 season, members of the Boulder Daily Camera sports department were having a discussion about which school had been the most dominant during the previous school year.
That discussion sparked the creation of the Daily Camera Cup, which would be awarded annually to the program which had the most successful school year across the board.
The first version of the Cup, which was modelled after the Director's Cup used at the NCAA level, took into account individual and team results and was handed out following the completion of the 2006-07 school year to the Broomfield Eagles.
There have been some changes over the years — the award was renamed the BoCoPreps.com Cup and individual results were removed from the equation — but the premise has remained the same: schools are awarded up to 100 points based on how far a team advances in the postseason.
Each school's final standing is derived by dividing the total number of points earned by the number of sports it participated in.
Broomfield dominated the early days of the Cup, winning it the first six years it was handed out. Holy Family then enjoyed a two-year reign atop the standings, followed by Fairview, which has won the last two versions of the award.
And while those three schools are still in the mix to win it all again this school year, there is a surprise leader at the top of the standings after the fall and winter seasons: Silver Creek.
There's no question the Raptors are enjoying one of the most successful years in school history, and they've shown remarkable consistency, scoring points in all 12 sports they competed in.
Reaching the state semifinals in football and fourth-place finishes in boys cross country and golf racked up a bunch of points for Silver Creek in the fall season, while boys hoops and girls swimming also scored well in winter.
The end result is that the Raptors, which failed to crack the top 10 in last season's BoCoPreps.com Cup standings, holds a slim 55 to 54.8 margin in aggregate points over Broomfield after the first two seasons this school year.
Monarch, which has won state championships in boys cross country and ice hockey, is third with 48. Fairview, with runner-up finishes in boys tennis and girls swimming, is fourth with 47 and Holy Family rounds out the top five with 43.4.
Niwot is the only other school to break the 40-point barrier, sitting sixth with 42.8 points.
Broomfield, behind a state championship in girls cross country and runner-up finishes in football, boys soccer and softball, was the top school in the fall with 58.7 points, just ahead of Silver Creek's 57.4.
Monarch was the top winter program with 60.6 points, followed closely by Holy Family (58), Mead (56.3), Fairview (54.6) and Silver Creek (50).
News and note
• BoCo teams are all over the latest girls soccer rankings released by CHSAANow.com, with Broomfield claiming the No. 1 spot in 5A, while Dawson School is the top squad in 2A. Legacy is fourth in 5A, while Jefferson Academy (No. 3) and Peak to Peak (No. 4) both find themselves in the 3A poll.
Longmont vaulted to the top spot in the 4A baseball poll, which also features Silver Creek at No. 8. Broomfield is No. 10 in 5A and Peak to Peak is seventh in 3A.
Dawson remains the top team in 4A boys lacrosse.
• Junior Cole Winn tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Silver Creek last Thursday in a 13-0 win over Centaurus, striking out 13 Warriors along the way. Winn is 3-0 on the year with a 1.08 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.
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