BROOMFIELD — Signing day at Broomfield is an event.
The balloons, the cake and the positive words from their coaches make every Eagles senior that has signed to play at the next level feel very special.
It's something the current crop has seen each over the past few years and likely dreamed about and when it finally happens, it's a surreal moment.
Fourteen more Eagles, on top of the eight that signed during the early signing period, inked their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday in front of a packed house of friends, family and classmates in the Eagles Gymnasium.
The highlight of every signing class at Broomfield centers around the soccer program and this year is no different. Five more of coach Jim Davidson's Eagles are going to play at the next level, highlighted by Jordan Goodwin going to the University of Colorado.
"I've always wanted to stay close to home and Colorado has always been my go-to school, I grew up cheering for the Buffs," Goodwin said. "Just being able to play soccer was the icing on the cake and I could not of dreamed of going to a better school."
Joining Goodwin at the next level are Cara Quinn (Norther Colorado), Olivia Valdez (U. of Sioux Falls), Tessa Wagner (Regis) and Ellie Webber (U. of Wyoming).
And like most soccer players who get their names out to the colleges with their year-round work on the club scene, players at Broomfield are quick to acknowledge how influential coach Davidson has been to their success as well.
"Being a part of the Eagles program has really helped my soccer career," Goodwin said. "Being surrounded by great players, who have gone to great schools and those that are going to great school has really helped me a lot."
After a stellar run to the Class 4A state title game, doors opened for several Eagles football players. Six of Coach Blair Hubbard's guys will play at the next level, highlighted by Ryan Mazzola and Mason Keeler both heading to Laramie to join the University of Wyoming.
For Mazzola, Wyoming was always in the picture and after a late visit, the BoCoPreps.com Defensive Players of the Year was sold.
"It was just a matter of me getting up to speed and meeting the criteria; and then taking my visits and finding out where my home is and Laramie was it," Mazzola said. "The visit happened late so that delayed my decision, but Wyoming has always been in the picture."
Also signing to play football were Garrett Betty (Northern Colorado), Tyler Glaubitz (Presentation College), Toby Godwin (Fort Hays State), Jaxon Pallone (Butler) and Jalon Torres (South Dakota School of Mines).
Maybe one of the biggest signings of the day at Broomfield was Austin Crump. The Eagles senior swimmer will head to Stockton, California to join the University of Pacific Tigers.
"I've always loved California and I wanted to compete Division I and they reached out to me," Crump said. "I went and toured the campus and loved it and the coach is really invested in me, which is something I was looking for."
Rounding out the signing day festivities for Broomfield was Matthew Turner, who will continue his baseball career at Colorado Mesa.
Some notable signings of the 15 that took part of the festivities at Legacy included BoCoPreps.com boys soccer player of the year Tajon Buchanan (Syracuse) and Anthony Chrysanthou (U. of Vermont).
Daniel Bradford will swim next season for the Terriers of Boston University and Taylor Clark will join Boise State's women's diving program. Standout Lightning catcher Emily Taggart will play at Princeton.
Three football players from Holy Family sign — AJ Giron (Doane) and both Joey Golter and BoCoPreps.com Offensive Player of the Year Michael Zeman are headed to Colorado School of Mines. Standout wrestler Kolsen Welham is headed to Oregon State as a preferred walk-on with the Beavers.
Finally at Jefferson Academy, two member of the Jaguars Class 3A state runner-up soccer squad — Jennika Chapman (Concordia University) and Kristi Nagai (Southern Utah) — signed in a small ceremony.