BROOMFIELD — Broomfield coach Jim Davidson is always good for a lengthy explanation of a well played game and can wax poetic about some of his favorite players to come through his program.
Just show up to one of athletic secretary Charlene Orvis' signing day extravaganza's to hear that.
But when he was informed that his senior forward Michaela Stark was going to be the BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year, he kept is simple and precise: "She was incredible," he quipped.
That is putting it mildly.
Stark was a force to be reckoned with and the numbers back that up. She finished the 2016 season with 25 goals and 11 assists in the Eagles' 19 matches.
To break that down even farther, she either had a goal or an assist in 16 of those games and they didn't come against the bottom feeders of the Front Range League. They came in big spots against some of the state's most top-flight competition in the league and the state.
But like most strikers, who have seen more than their fair share of scoring opportunities go by the wayside, Stark still has a few moments that will haunt her, but simply can't complain about what was a brilliant career in the blue and white that saw her score 64 goals.
"It's just those little things in certain games and we had the opportunity to win three state championships, so changing something in those games to end up winning," said Stark, whose team bowed out in the semifinals this year to defending champion Grandview 1-0. "I had a few opportunities that could have gone in (against Grandview), but overall I'm pretty happy with how things went."
Stark, who will continue her playing career in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, called the prep season the highlight of her school year.
"There is no better feeling than playing in front of your school with all your friends there to support you," she said. "And to be able to play for this community and support that."
Stark stepped right into Davidson's scheme as a freshman and scored 10 goals in the seven matches that she appeared in. And much like her classmate and boys Player of the Year Porter Milner, her mental approach to the game and ability to maintain composure in tight situations is what made her shine.
"In years past, if I would miss, I would just keep my head down and I just wouldn't get over it," said Stark, who will be joined at Wyoming by teammate Brooklyn Mooney. "This year was more of a relentless effort ... honestly, it was just working hard and knowing that this was the last year so it was now or never."