BROOMFIELD — Perhaps the only person more excited than the thousands of students about Tuesday's snow day was Broomfield soccer coach Jim Davidson.
At most schools, the signing ceremonies are simple. Pictures with friends and family and a little pomp and circumstance. At Broomfield, it's a production (thanks to athletic secretary Charlene Orvis), one highlighted by the signees' coach waxing poetic about their outgoing seniors.
Of the eight Broomfield Eagles to sign letters of intent on Wednesday, six of them were soccer players ... needless to say, we know what Davidson did on his unexpected off day.
"It's an exceptional day for the program, especially on the girls side," said Davidson, who was recently named National Coach of the Year for guiding the Eagles to back-to-back Class 5A boys titles. "It's a nice feather in their cap and its a great representation of the program."
Of the five girls signing for Broomfield, four of them were Division I, and the goalkeeper Shannon Mooney could very well have been, but the allure of the quantum physics world at the Colorado School of Mines was too much to pass up.
Shannon's cousin Brooklynn Mooney and Michaela Stark both signed to played at the University of Wyoming. Zoe Zinis signed on to be a University of Jacksonville Dolphin and Makena Bambei will take her game north to Pocatello, Idaho for the Idaho State Bengals.
Bambei, who went to Legacy's signing day to support the five Lightning girls signees and had them return the favor, was simply thrilled that the day finally arrived.
"It's just so exciting and if gives me something to look forward to," she said. "I'm just so excited to continue playing soccer and just the support I have had going through all of this has been so exciting and it means so much to me that they could all be here."
A majority of the kids that go on to play college soccer make a name for themselves through the club scene, but it never hurts to have that Broomfield insignia next to your name too.
"I definitely had a lot of Broomfield highlights in my highlight video," said Bambei, who scored 11 goals for the Eagles last year. "Just being around all these wonderful players and getting better each day and all-around it's bee a great atmosphere to be in."
For Milner, who signed locally at Regis University, it was the culmination of a a fantastic four years that saw him start every game and help guide the Eagles to four semifinals and two state titles.
"When I went (to Regis), I loved it and I also like the fact that I am not going to have everything given to me like maybe I would if I was at a big DI school," said Milner, who drew a lot of interest from the University of Kentucky. "I just like the feel of it and also the education is fantastic."
Also signing on the dotted line for Broomfield on Wednesday was quarterback Jack Burgesser, who will likely red-shirt his first season in Spearfish, South Dakota for Black Hills State.
The final signee, and probably the most unique, was Nic Moschetti. The senior is headed to Lindenwood University to be a part of the Lions' 12-time national champion shotgun team.
Makena Bambei, soccer, Idaho State
Jack Burgesser, football, Black Hills State
Porter Milner, soccer, Regis University
Brooklynn Mooney, soccer, Wyoming
Shannon Mooney, soccer, Colorado School of Mines
Nic Moschetti, shotgun (skeet shooting), Lindenwood University
Michaela Stark, soccer, Wyoming
Zoe Zinis, soccer, University of Miami at Jacksonville