Boys: Kyle Pocalyko, Longmont soccer
The Trojans believe the wins will start coming, especially after a victory this week. Pocalyko and his teammates entered last week on a high note, after the sophomore forward racked up two goals in a victory over city-foe Skyline. Two tough losses could have knocked the steam out of Longmont, but this group said that won’t happen. “We still work hard and don’t get down on ourselves,” Pocalyko said. “We are pretty even all over the field, and we are still going to have a good season.” If it sometimes appears to opposing defenses that Pocalyko is in two places at the same time, it’s because twin brother Jason also plays for the Trojans.
Girls: Taryn Lee, Erie volleyball
Despite recording nine kills and 10 digs against rival Frederick last week, Lee was more concerned with the final outcome than her own stats. Coming off a big weekend when they won the Silver Creek tournament, the Tigers dropped a three-game match to the Warriors, giving her more reason to get motivated for the rematch Oct. 5. “They are our biggest rival, and it’s always when we have our biggest games,” she said. “But I don’t know what happened in this one.” The Tigers responded against Northridge, with Lee and teammate Kaitlynn Apple combining for 26 kills, 20 digs and three blocks. Lee, a four-year varsity starter, plans to continue playing volleyball in college, but her plans remain undecided.