BOULDER — It's one thing for boys soccer coach Hardy Kalisher and his Boulder Panthers to be recognized for their accomplishments at home.

But when the rest of the country takes notice, it's quite another.

Three months after the Panther capped off their perfect 20-0 season with a Class 5A state title over Broomfield in epic shoot-out fashion, the accolades continue to roll in.

At halftime of the Boulder boys basketball game on Tuesday night, Kalisher and his boys were honored by and the Colorado National Guard for their No. 2 national ranking with a banner and a trophy.

"I'm just super proud of Boulder High and the boys and to be able to represent Colorado on a national level," said Kalisher, whose team finished in the top 10 of three different national polls. "A lot of eyeballs are seeing these guys get recognized at that level. The joys of the season is still going strong."

Perhaps the game that vaulted the Panthers into the national spotlight was their 5-3 victory over Delaware powerhouse Salesianum High. The Sallies were nationally ranked at the time and Boulder's decisive win sent shock waves across the country.

"In many ways that was a game that put us in the national spotlight and credit to them, because they were there already," Kalisher said. "They were in the top 10 of those polls as well and their only loss was to us, so a true credit to the boys to be considered as one of the best in the country."


In true "La Familia" fashion, Kalisher didn't just have his varsity squad come to center court for the ceremony, but he brought all levels out to celebrate.

Kalisher was blunt when asked what his team will do for an encore in 2017, saying, "We go out there and play with a love and effort and see what happens."

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