KYLE LUND, Fairview cross country -- The Knights' senior stole the show at the Class 5A Region 3 finals while leading Fairview to an emphatic victory in the team race. Battling through windy conditions at the North Area Athletic Complex, Lund completed the course with a meet-winning time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds, outpacing teammate Cory Munsch by two seconds to capture the individual title. Lund will be aiming to improve on last year's 24th-place finish at the state meet this week at the Class 5A finals in Colorado Springs.
NICKIE BLUE, Niwot softball -- Although the Cougars fell one win short of capturing the Class 4A state title, Niwot's all-everything pitcher still enjoyed a dominant state tournament. Blue tossed two shutouts, recording a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in an opening-round win against Palmer Ridge before scattering six hits with nine strikeouts to lead the Cougars' semifinal win against defending 4A state champ Wheat Ridge. The South Carolina-bound Blue also notched 13 strikeouts in a quarterfinal-round win against Berthoud and enjoyed a stellar tournament at the plate, going 5 for 12 in the four games with a double and two RBI's.
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