Niwot’s Jason Rodriguez is back for the Cougars this season.
Niwot's Jason Rodriguez is back for the Cougars this season. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

PLAYERS TO KNOW

A.J. Arroyo, Sr. Jefferson Academy: A key member of the Jaguars midfield that looks to get them back to the Class 3A title game.

Kike Barrera, Jr., Frederick: The Warriors have always had to be strong in the back and he anchors what should be a stout group for coach J Doehring.

Cameron Broadhurst, Sr., Broomfield: A first team All-Region selection for the Eagles last year, he has no problem man-marking the opposing teams most dynamic striker on a nightly basis.

Omar Castruita, Jr., Boulder: Easily the most entertaining player to watch both with the ball and away from it. His creativity will lead to a lot of Panthers goals.

Luca Falagrady, Sr., Legacy: He was a bit overshadowed last year by all of the great goalie play in the region, but make no mistake, his name belongs on this list.

Matthew Fountaine, Sr., Holy Family: Of the 27 goals the Tigers scored last season, he had 13. Those are two numbers coach Kathy Hogan hopes go up in 2017.

Quinn Frankovsky, Sr., Boulder: Maybe one of the unsung heroes of last years 5A state championship team, he is another fearless defender.

Josh Khoudary, Jr., Erie: A strong midfield presence for the Tigers, who may have more weapons to work with under first year coach Jeff Vigil this season.


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Brendan Lefkowicz, Sr., Peak to Peak: Is a strong midfield presence for the extremely deep Pumas, who have the talent to make a big push in both the 3A Metro and in state.

Christian Nunez, So. Centaurus: Worth the price of admission to a Warriors game for sure. As gifted a on-ball striker as we have in our region.

Conner Peskin, Sr., Silver Creek: The Peskin name has accounted for a lot of goals over the years for the Raptors, and Conner is sure to add a few more to that list this season.

Omar Castruita and the Boulder Panthers are looking to repeat as 5A state champs.
Omar Castruita and the Boulder Panthers are looking to repeat as 5A state champs. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Eric Ramirez, Sr., Boulder: The Panthers midfielder is one of only 140 players in the nation named to the Topdrawer.com Pre-season All-Americans watch list.

Jason Rodriguez, Sr., Niwot: Paired with Andres Montealegre up top for the Cougars, coach Stephen Dimit says: "They should give opponents everything they can handle up top."

Brandon Staple, Sr., Longmont: Led the Trojans with 12 goals last season and head up a strong senior class that is looking for its third straight playoff appearance.

M Steiner, Sr., Fairview: The lone returning starter to a Knights team that lost 17 seniors. He anchors a defense that will be the strength of coach Jeff Frykholm's side.

Peak to Peak’s Brendan Lefkowicz and the Pumas are looking to be a factor in Class 3A.
Peak to Peak's Brendan Lefkowicz and the Pumas are looking to be a factor in Class 3A. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

POSTSEASON INFORMATION

Regular season games for all three classifications must be completed by Oct. 21. Postseason play begins on Oct. 24 with 32-team seeded brackets for each class, leading up to championship games on Nov. 11 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

TEAM-BY-TEAM OUTLOOK

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Hardy Kalisher (12th season)

Last year: 20-0 overall; 12-0 Front Range League (Class 5A state champions)

Returning starters: Omar Castruita (Jr., MF); Quinn Frankovsky (Sr., D); Nick McCabe, Sr., F); Eric Ramirez (Sr. MF).

Others to watch: Jesse Bacardi (Jr., F); Henry Bell (Sr., GK); Cameron Casey (Sr., GK); Eric Feireisen (Sr., D); Bridger Good (Sr., D); Ian McDiarmid (Jr., MF); Diego Molina (Sr., MF); Jacob Pielke (Sr., D); Luke Regnier (Sr., F); Fabian Valencia (Jr., F).

Outlook: The Panthers are loaded with seniors (their biggest senior class ever) who are eager to put their mark on the program. Senior Eric Ramirez is one of only 140 players in the nation named to the Topdrawer.com Pre-season All-Americans Watch List and a returning All-State veteran. A group of talented juniors will play a key roll, including returning All-State playmaker Omar Castruita who broke BHS single season assist record in 2016. Three-year varsity player, Nick McCabe, who scored some clinical goals in the Panthers 2016 playoff run, will be looking to have a breakout senior season. Senior Quinn Frankovsky is coming off playing in the CHSAA All-State Game this summer and will be leading the defensive line.

Holy Family’s Matthew Fountaine, left, scored 13 goals for the Tigers last season.
Holy Family's Matthew Fountaine, left, scored 13 goals for the Tigers last season. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Jim Davidson (21st season)

Last year: 16-3-1 overall; 9-1-1 Front Range League (Class 5A state runners-up)

Returning starters: Cade Austin (Sr., MF); Cameron Broadhurst (Sr., D); Sawyer Giles, (Sr., F); Nate Holland (Sr., MF); Michael Mooney (Sr., F); Jose Ogaz (Sr., GK).

Others to watch: Tristan Austin (Sr., MF); Nate Dishongh (Jr., MF); Tanner Smith (Jr., MF).

Outlook: Davidson's analysis: "We will be a senior heavy side with both quality and experience throughout the lineup. It will be one of our more technical teams that we've fielded over the last decade. Two areas of concern will be replacing the bulk of our back and replacing four outstanding senior captains lost to graduation. If our defense holds and senior leadership emerges, we will be in the discussion again as a top tier team."

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Lee Stanley (3nd season)

Last year: 9-6-1 overall; 4-3 Northern League

Returning starters: Jack Bilello (Jr., MF); Noah Davis (Sr., MF); CJ Himel (Sr., F-D); Ethan Michel (Sr., MF); Christian Nunez (So., F); Christian Rice (Jr., D); Toby Rubenfield (Sr., MF); Rodrigo Ruiz (Sr., GK); Konnor Syed (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Juan Arellano (Sr., D); Giancarlo Medrano (Sr., D); Diego Najera (Sr., D); Jesse Vertun (Sr., D).

Outlook: Said Stanley: "We have a great core returning from last year, including several team leaders. After reaching our goal of making the playoffs, and losing in penalties, we hope to take that experience, expand on our playoff goal and make a deeper run in the postseason. The culture of the program continues to be one of hard work and team camaraderie. We have a senior heavy roster, and experience which should help allow us to keep focused on our goals."

DAWSON MUSTANGS

Coach: John Siegrist (2nd season)

Last year: 9-6-1 overall; 4-1 3A Region 7

Returning starters: Tony Aieta (So., GK); Timmy Cropanzano (Sr., D); Chase Fulkerson (Sr.,F); Jesse Isenhart (Soph.,MF); Jack Shams (Sr., D); Rio Sueyoshi (So.,D); Jorge Veraza (Sr., F).

Others to watch: Toby Brown (So., MF); Sam Freedman (Fr., MF); Sebastian Griffin (So., F); Trevor Jones (Sr., MF); Max Marrow (So., MF-D); Andre Metzger (Jr., MF); Wyeth Thompson (Sr., D); Jacob Wolhandler (So., MF).

Outlook: According to Siegrist: "With a solid group of returning sophomore and senior players we should have a very competitive team this upcoming season. Our goal is to go deeper into the playoffs this season and to clinch the overall in the Mile High League."

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Jeff Vigil (1st season)

Last year: 3-10-2 overall; 3-4 Tri-Valley League

Returning starters: Dylan Brown (Jr., GK); Patrick Cummings (Jr., MF); Tanner David (Jr., D); Dalton Harrington (So., MF); Colin Heinl (Sr., MF); Jaxon Higgins (Jr. D); C.J. Hull (Sr., D); Josh Khoudary (Jr. F); Iago Rohloff (Jr., F).

Others to watch: Evan Harbaugh (Fr.); Mark Karstenson (Sr.); Josh Mahalek (Sr.); Cole Manuel (Fr.); Ethyn Tyson (Jr.).

Outlook: Said Vigil, who takes over a well stocked program eager to show its wares: "It's an untapped talent pool that works hard and are eager to be pushed. Great numbers at summer workouts allow us to hit the ground running. The young players that contribute right away. The administration is giving us the resources to build a solid program."

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: Jeff Frykholm (3rd season)

Last year: 14-4 overall; 10-2 Front Range League

Returning starters: M Steiner (Sr.).

Others to watch: Austin Dahl (Sr.); Joshua Kim (Sr.); Diego Magno (Sr.); Eli Norbut (Sr.); Cory Reintsema (Sr.); Sajji Singh (Jr.).

Outlook: The Knights were hit hard by graduation last year (17 seniors), and in addition lost two standout underclassmen who are pursuing opportunities in the Development Academy. Yet, the coaching staff is optimistic after an excellent off season in which a new group of leaders have emerged. The Knights will have strong goal keeping, and return the most experience on the defensive line. Who will score goals for the Knights remains a critical question, but there is plenty of talent on the team to be competitive in the Front Range League.

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: J Doehring (4th season)

Last year: 6-9 overall; 3-4 Tri-Valley League

Returning starters: Mauricio Avalos (So., D); Kike Barrera(Jr., D); Edwin Hernandez (Jr., MF); Abraham Soto (Jr., MF); Chris Vang(Jr., MF).

Others to watch: Jadon Jones (So., F); Isreal Mares (Jr., F); Geovanny Rodriguez (Jr., F).

Outlook: Said Doehring: "We were in a lot of games last year but struggled to find a way to win. Hopefully this year we can find a way to come out on the other side of those results."

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coach: Kathy Hogan (6th season)

Last year: 8-7 overall; 5-2 Tri-Valley League

Returning starters: Tanner Baird (Jr, D); Ryan Berry (Sr., GK); Abel Campos (Jr., D); Lorenzo Centeno (Sr., MF); Cody Chavers (Jr., F); Darin Chavers (Jr., D); Paxton Dalton (Sr., F); Rasce Engelhardt (Jr., MF); Matthew Fountaine (Sr., F); Jakob Hulquest (Jr., MF); Alex Troso (So., D).

Others to watch: Dylan McIntosh, (Fr., F).

Outlook: Hogan's analysis: "We have a large group of players this year. We will have more depth and a strong defense again. We hope to find the goal again this year with more players attacking the net."

JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

Coach: Matt Cassell (6th season)

Last year: 16-4 overall; 7-2 3A Region 6

Returning starters: AJ Arroyo (Sr., MF); Aidan Boyd (Sr., D); Jake Capps (Sr., MF); Jake Clays (Sr., MF); Colten Ingalls (Jr., D); Alex Kelso (Sr., MF); Eric Straus (Sr., GK).

Others to watch: Paddy Binns (Jr., MF); Ian Coen (Jr., F); Bray Cordusky (Sr., MF); Payton Tennal (Jr., F); Eric Westbrook (Sr., MF).

Outlook: Said Cassell, whose team is looking for a return trip to the Class 3A title game at Dick's: "Returning all but six from last year's state finalist team. The team spirit and drive is strong. Our first goal is to make the playoffs as we have a tough league. Then hopefully to stay healthy and get a bounce or two and find ourselves deep into the playoffs."

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Tony Romano (9th season)

Last year: 11-5-1 overall; 7-4-1 Front Range League

Returning starters: Andrew Dunham (Sr., MF); Luca Falagrady (Sr., GK); Stephen Goth (Sr., MF); Cole Henningsen (Sr., D); Kyle Mikan (Sr., MF); Dylan Nun (Sr., D); Dustin Rittenhouse (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Ivan Castillo (Jr., GK); Joey Joiner (So., F); Daniel Marks (Jr., MF); Logan Scheller (Jr., D); Hoah Stover, Jr., F); Jordan Swinhart (Jr., D); Ben Tuka (Jr., D).

Outlook: Said Romano, who is very optimistic even after graduation hit them hard: "We have a large number of seniors again and have more team size and speed than we've has had in several years. A good mix of returning players and new additions can be dangerous up top and stingy in the back if they can get the right team cohesion together. We expect to make another challenge for a playoff spot out of the recently dominant Front Range League."

LONGMONT TROJANS

Coach: Andy Callaway (1st season)

Last year: 6-9-1 overall; 3-4 Northern League

Returning starters: Alan Quintana (Sr., MF); Brandon Staple (Sr., F); Jose Torres (Jr., GK).

Others to watch: Isaac Chavarria (Jr.); Derian Franco (Sr.); Roman Gomez (Sr.); Adrian Quintana (Sr.); Orlando Suarez (Sr.).

Outlook: The Trojans, who were league champs just two seasons ago, lost the majority of their starting lineup from last year, but shouldn't have a problem replacing them. Said Callaway, who is the Trojans third coach in three years and is confident they will make their third straight playoff appearance: "This years senior class shares a special bond with each other and has that passion and true love for the game that we were missing last year."

MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Shane Adler (2nd season)

Last year: 0-14 overall; 0-7 Tri-Valley League

Returning starters: Marcus Allen (Sr., D); Bryce Martin (Jr., MF); Connor McCawley (Sr., F); Camden Sprague (Sr., GK).

Others to watch: Tristan Anton (Sr.); Orion Gorham (Jr.); Wyatt Sears (Jr.); Luis Segovia (Jr.); Lupe Segovia (Fr.).

Outlook: The Mavericks have won just one game in the last two season, but it hasn't deterred numbers and Adler is confident that the program can turn things around and become competitive in the Tri-Valley.

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: TBD

Last year: 6-8-2 overall; 4-6-2 Front Range League

Returning starters: Blake Barber (Jr., D); Luke Barnocky (Sr., MF); Thomas Bridge (Sr., D); Hank Dalle-Molle (Jr., GK); Jacob Senhert (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Edward Alder (Sr.); Nate Bricker (So.); Tommy Harlow (Sr.); Macklin Harrington (Sr.); Thomas Volpe (Jr.).

Outlook: It's been a strange start to the season already for the Coyotes, who as of now, still don't have a head coach. And even though they graduated 15 seniors last year, they should continue to maintain a strong presence in the Front Range League with a wealth of varsity experience returning. Monarch's defense and midfield play will be particularly strong with conference standouts on these positions.

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Steve Dimit (2nd season)

Last year: 9-7 overall; 3-4 Northern League

Returning starters: Tyler Crall (Sr., F); Jesus Gonzales (Jr., MF); Nicholas Grant (Sr., D); Cam Lee (Sr., D); Andres Montealegre (Sr., F); Mario Munoz (Jr., GK); Jason Rodriguez (Sr., F).

Others to watch: Davin Bala (Sr., MF); Jonathan Jimenez Flores (Jr., MF); Manny Tapia (Jr., F).

Outlook: Said Dimit: "Led by a large senior class, we are ready to make a strong push to get back to the top of the Northern League and make a playoff run. Nicholas Grant and Cam Lee will anchor a strong and experienced defense, while Jason Rodriguez and Andres Montealegre should give opponents everything they can handle up top."

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Peter Chandler (15th season)

Last year: 9-6-1 overall; 5-4 3A Region 6

Returning starters: Von Bach (Sr., D); Ashwin Datta (Sr., D); Reid Dimond (Jr., D); Nate Fangman (Sr., GK); Brendan Lefkowicz (Sr., MF); Omar Lemus (Jr., MF); Robby Pezzuti (Sr., MF); Allen Zheng (Sr., MF);

Others to watch: Michael Chewning (Jr., F); John Douthit (Jr., MF); Alec Hall (Sr., D); Giovanni Visco (Sr., MF).

Outlook: The Pumas graduated just three off of last year's team and might very well have one of the most experienced sides in the ultra competitive Metro League. Chandler always get the best out of his teams, and don't be surprised if the Pumas make another special playoff run.

PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY MINERS

Coach: Todd Schoeder (3rd season)

Last year: 2-13 overall; 0-9 3A Region 6

Returning starters: Sebastian Boysen (Jr.); Aiden Brasov (Jr.); Bryson Cuss (Jr.); Hudson Highfield (Jr.); Mason Holitza (Sr.); Brandon Huffman (Jr.); Arpit Mishra (Sr.); Michael Mote (So.); Ben Williams (Jr.).

Other to watch: Johan Dalelv (Jr.); Michael Ungacta (Fr.); Logan Webster (Fr.).

Outlook: Said Schoeder: "As a second-year varsity program playing in the first-rate 3A Metro League, we're hoping to be competitive and win a few conference games and grow from the experience. Anything close to a .500 record and a top 30 RPI would be a win for our program."

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Rob Johnson (2nd season)

Last year: 13-3-1 overall; 5-1-1 Northern League

Returning starters: Tanner Ambrose (Sr., MF); Simon Gerlach (Sr., MF); Conner Peskin (Sr., F); Aven Risk (Sr., D).

Others to watch: Brandon Coder (Sr., GK); Trey Gerlach (Sr., F); Dylan Weiss (So., MF).

Outlook: The Raptors flourished in their first season under Johnson and he hopes it continues in year No. 2. He said: "This year we have a good balance between of experience and youth. We will try to build on our success from last year."

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Luis Chavez (8th season)

Last year: 12-4-0 overall; 6-1 Tri-Valley League

Returning starters: Shjon Andrews (Sr.); Luis Bustos (Jr., MF); Kenneth Chavarria (Sr.); Kevin Chavarria (Sr.); Diego Chavez (So., GK); Austin Gillies (Sr.); Faolan Moore (Jr.); Ryan Primeau (Jr.); Hector Rubi (Jr.); Alejandro Toledo (Sr.); Nate Wanninger (Jr.); Cooper Welsh (Sr.); Ethan Wright (Sr.).

Others to watch: Alex Armenta (Sr.); Diego Arredondo (So.); Orlando Barron (Jr.); Brandon Beltran (Jr.); Kalen Chavarria (Fr.); Alex Compian (Sr.); Tonny Garcia (Sr.); Guadalupe Gonzales (Sr.); Kevin Gutierrez (Jr.); Ben Kalisher (Jr.); Chava Medrano (Jr.); Jose Medrano (Sr.); Josue Mena (Jr.); Baltazar Pena (Sr.); Peyton Reid (Jr.); Hugo Rodriguez (Jr.); David Quiroz (Sr.); Morgan Stoner (Sr.); Vinny Valdez (Sr.); Fabian Vasquez (Jr.); Adan Villa (Jr.); Eduardo Villanueva (Jr.).

Outlook: The Falcons have been a tough out each of the last few seasons, especially in the Tri-Valley where they have only lost once over that span. Like in years past, the would love for it to translate to a deeper playoff run. They have the depth and the quality to continue their strong regular season play and Chavez is confident that when the playoffs roll around that they have the firepower to make some noise.

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