There will be nothing quiet or uneventful about this year's early signing period for the graduating class of 2018 athletes.

By the end of the week-long period, a number of heavy-hitters in the area will have penned their names to national letters of intent that will solidify the continuation of their athletic careers to the next level. And a bunch of them announced their intent to play for big-time collegiate programs.

At Fairview alone on Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period, Kelsey Webster signed to play golf at the University of Colorado and classmate Ashley Panem signed to play basketball at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Knights' pair of Division-I signees were among the first of a period that promises to have many more by the end of the school year.

"I'm super excited," Webster said. "Through the whole recruiting process, coach (Anne) Kelly was by my side and believed in me the whole time. They have great coaches and great facilities at Colorado and growing up in Boulder, I've been the biggest Buffs fan in the world and I always imagined myself playing athletics for CU.

"I've known Ashley and Denali (Pinto, who signed to play basketball at Florida Gulf Coast University) for about six years and played basketball with them. They're really close friends of mine and it's really cool for us to be signing together today as a group, as a team almost. I'm really excited for all the Fairview athletes signing today."

Nearby at Niwot, both Mackenzie Fidelak and Mary Gillett will sign to continue their athletic careers at the Division-I level at Stanford University on Thursday. Both multi-sport athletes, Fidelak will play volleyball and Gillett will run track and field.

At Silver Creek, star high-jumper Rylee Anderson will sign next Wednesday to continue her athletic career at the University of Kansas. Fellow track teammate Brock Dykema will sign with Colorado State University, Lauren Baker will sign with Colorado School of Mines and Logan Simington will sign with Arkansas State University. Brock Dykema's brother Trent Dykema will sign to play basketball at Colorado School of Mines and the Raptors' top swimmer, Brandi Vu, will sign with the University of Denver.

"I think we all just came in our freshman year with that in mind as the goal," Brock Dykema said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy, but we were all ready to put the work in to get there."

At Broomfield, another pair of standout distance runners in Katelyn Mitchem and Madison Mooney plans to sign with the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. Nearby at Jefferson Academy, Ryan Lehmuth will sign to run cross country at the University of Northern Colorado.

With a number of Division-I signees, Monarch will send Ty Bradley to Monmouth men's lacrosse, Leah Bivrell to Oregon State gymnastics, Heidi Liles to Air Force Academy track and field, Charlie Perry to Stanford cross country and pole vaulter Cole Rowan to Duke track and field.

Led by Mya Michaelson signing with University of Alabama at Birminghma volleyball, a Erie Tigers will send a significant number of signees to play softball and baseball at the next level.

At Lyons, reigning state champion wrestler Keegan Bean will sign with Colorado School of Mines and Georgia Barone will sign to run cross country and track at Portland State University. Peak to Peak will send Ian Thorpe to Iona College men's golf and Miriam Grady to the Notre Dame fencing team.

Mead's Katie Pelzel will sign to compete in equestrian at Oklahoma State.

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