Longmont High's powerhouse volleyball program and resurgent girls basketball team both got some tough holiday news to close out 2012.
The Haddock family -- a crew that's left quite a mark on Trojan athletics over the past decade -- moved this week to Provo, Utah. That means the LHS volleyball and basketball teams will be without the services of sophomore twins Lacy and Lyndie Haddock.
For the basketball team, the blow comes midseason just as the Trojans (5-1) had gained some momentum after a rough campaign a year ago.
Lacy, a 5-foot-9 power forward, had been Longmont's second-leading scorer this season at 9.3 points per game and leading rebounder with an average of 8.2. Lyndie, a 5-8 wing, also started for the squad. The pair was also key to Longmont's 25-2 run to a Northern League title and state tournament berth in volleyball in the fall.
"They were really good as far as bringing a great attitude and great effort to practice every day," first-year Longmont coach Mike Knaus said.
The Haddocks' final practice at LHS came last Friday, after which their basketball and volleyball teammates held a going-away gathering for them.
The news came fairly suddenly, even to Lacy and Lyndie, as the family just decided in recent days to make the move to be closer to family. They'll attend Timpview High School, the same one their father Quinn attended.
"It was really hard (to leave)," Lacy Haddock said while making the trek to Utah on Wednesday. "My parents have had the same house for the past 19 years. ... But I know it will be a new opportunity."
Lacy and Lyndie are the youngest of six Haddock kids. Brothers Jordan, Steven and Ryker were all accomplished wrestlers for the Trojans, aside from contributing in other sports as well, with Ryker winning a state title on the mats as a senior. Sister Tambre Haddock, a three-sport standout at LHS, just finished her sophomore season starring on the volleyball court at the University of Northern Colorado. Lacy said Wednesday that Tambre will be transferring to Brigham Young University, where she'll try to make the team there.
"Volleyball is our passion, so we're hoping to play, maybe at BYU," Lacy said of hers and Lyndie's own college aspirations.
As for the Trojans, they've got a few days to regroup. Their first post-holiday game comes Tuesday when they host Greeley Central.
"We've got some really good athletes," Knaus said. "So we've made some adjustments and moved a couple kids up. It's going to take a little while, take a few weeks to get some chemistry going again. But we've got some good kids to fill in."
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