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Boys: Ryne Atkins, Erie football

The junior running back got his first varsity start last Friday against defending Class 3A state champion Elizabeth, and he made the most of it. Atkins ran for 145 yards on 18 carries. “It felt very natural, and as soon as I got over the emotion of being out there for the first time on varsity, it felt like a really great game,” said Atkins, who had several games like that on the JV level. “He didn’t get into the end zone, but his big night helped the Tigers knock off Elizabeth 27-7. “It felt really great as a team because coming into it we’ve been told we were small, we were told we were average,” Atkins said. “I think it’s a great start to our season.” And it was a great start for Atkins, although he wouldn’t mind getting in the end zone in the future. “I do (want to score), but as long as I’m helping part of the push to get there, I’m all right,” he said.

Girls: Alex Dufour, Frederick softball

Just a freshman, she’s only seven games into her high school career and already making an impact. Dufour, the daughter of Warriors’ head coach Roger Dufour, is hitting .556 (10-for-18) with four extra-base hits and eight RBIs. The shortstop had four RBIs in one game against Broomfield last Friday. Dufour has yet to strike out in 25 plate appearances and has at least one hit in all seven games. “I’ve been having a lot of fun,” she said. “I’ve just been playing to my highest potential every game.” She especially enjoyed the Broomfield game, a 15-1 win. “It was really exciting and I was proud of my team that game because we all worked really well together.”

Brian Howell , BoCoPreps.com