Boys: Austin Apodaca, Silver Creek football
It says a lot about the kind of season Apodaca is having to call it an off-night when he completes 12-of-17 pass attempts for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout victory. But that’s the way it felt for the senior quarterback, who has exploded in his fourth year as a starter for the Raptors. “It was kind of one of those games where not everything goes your way,” he said. Verbally committed to play for Washington State next season, Apodaca surely has silenced any doubters by throwing for 2,425 yards with 32 touchdowns and just seven interceptions (including three in that “off” game last week). He also has connected on 68.5 percent of his passes, which, if it holds, would rank eighth all-time in state history.
Girls: Courtney Phifer, Frederick volleyball
Since she first started playing volleyball, Phifer always was a big hitter; it was a natural part of her game and a skill that came easily. Entering her final season with the Warriors, however, the senior decided to put in extra hours to improve from her spot as a middle hitter. “I really worked hard to increase my vertical jump and arm speed,” Phifer said. “I was always a hard hitter, but it took time to develop to what I can do now.” Frederick and Phifer, who recorded a team-high 166 kills, saw the season come to a close at the Class 4A state district tournament last weekend, but her playing days are not over yet. After graduation, she plans to try out for the team at Metropolitan State College in Denver.