LAFAYETTE — For nearly a decade, the Centaurus football team has gathered to ring a bell at Howard Spangenberg Field following a victory to let the community know the Warriors had won on Friday nights.
This season, the Centaurus girls lacrosse team has adopted the tradition and it has helped unify the program, which is comprised of players from a number of schools throughout the surrounding area. After each victory, the team selects a couple of players who exemplified the "Warrior Way" of selflessness and grit to ring the bell in front of their gathered teammates before leaving the stadium.
Bouncing back in a big way following a down year in 2016, the Warriors have been ringing the bell a lot so far this season.
"Last year was a little rough going through a transitional period, but this year we're really focusing on holding ourselves accountable and making sure the team stays focused on our goals," Warriors junior Campbell Breithaupt said. "Every time we win, we ring the bell to let the community know we won. This season we really want to praise our accomplishments and the hard work that we put in, and we ring the bell to say, 'Hey, this is our turf, we won and we're proud of it.'"
On Friday, the Warriors (6-1, 1-0 Metro) won 15-3 against visiting Conifer (4-3, 1-1 Metro) and Breithaupt, who attends Boulder, and senior teammate Sage Ali, who goes to Dawson School, were selected to ring the bell. Breithaupt tied Delany Pratt and Sarah Casey for the team lead with three goals and Ali was another of eight different Warriors who scored.
The Warriors led 10-1 at halftime and quickly started the running clock in the second half. With such an advantage, Friday was an ideal night for the Warriors to spread the playing time around after the team voted to suit up all varsity and junior varsity players before the game.
"Tonight's game was great," Ali said. "We've really been trying to minimize the divide between our JV and varsity teams, and I think this was the perfect game to demonstrate how we are one cohesive family. I'm just super excited and proud of how we all played together today."
With Friday's victory, the Warriors have already surpassed their five-win total from the 2016 season and appear to be back on track in their second season under head coach Todd Breithaupt.
"We're sitting 6-1 with a couple of good contests against Colorado Academy and Denver East coming up next week," Breithaupt said. "Tonight, we played hard, we played fast and we played with purpose and we're starting to take the next step and really start executing the things we work on in practice during the games."
The Warriors will host Colorado Academy (5-1, 2-0 Metro), which is currently No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com poll, on Monday and will travel to face fifth-ranked Denver East (5-1, 1-0 Metro) on Wednesday.
Centaurus 15, Conifer 3
At Centaurus H.S.Conifer 12—3Centaurus 105—15
Goals — Conifer: Reese Miller, Reilly Meyer, Kate Howe; Centaurus: Delany Pratt 3, Campbell Breithaupt 3, Sarah Casey 3, Ella Green 2, Sage Ali, Kolbi Detmeier, Kyra Barnes, Ariana O'Brien.
Assists — Centaurus: Green 2, Casey, Breithaupt, Barnes.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Conifer: Caitlin Estill (50-15-3); Centaurus: Tara Burtness (50-3-4).