Another entertaining season of spring prep sports is nearly in the books and there was plenty to look back on from the 2011-12 season.
Here’s a list of some of the spring’s standouts and a few to keep an eye on for next year.
FIVE WHO SHINED
VALARIE ALLMAN: In dramatic fashion, the Silver Creek junior launched a discus 164 feet on the final throw of the 4A track and field state championships. The throw shattered the 18-year-old all-classification record and earned Allman her first state title.
MORGAN LU: The Mead sophomore led the Mavericks girls soccer team to its second conference championship in two years with a varsity program. Of the 50 goals the Mavericks scored this season, Lu scored 16 and assisted eight. Thanks in part to her production, the Mavericks remain undefeated in conference play.
CONNOR DWYER: The leader on the Longmont boys swim team, the Skyline senior ended his career by successfully defending his breaststroke title at state and set the new 4A record at 56.00 seconds. The Western Kentucky University-bound swimmer also won the 200 individual medley.
LONGMONT BOYS TRACK TEAM: Led by Josh Cogdill and Braden Hitchcock, the Trojans boys team won its third state title in the last five years. The Trojans trailed Broomfield by 111/2 points when Steven Wacker and Derek Wing took first and third in the pole vault to seal the team title.
LYONS BOYS & GIRLS TRACK TEAMS: Both the Lyons boys and girls track teams repeated as team champions at the 2012 2A state track and field championships. The boys took individual titles in six of the 18 events — Forrest Donnell in the long jump, Ryan Boucher in the 400, Matt Radich in the 110-meter hurdles, the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams — and ran away with the title. The girls won two events — Nola Basey in the high jump and Michelle Hickey in the shot put.
FIVE WHO SURPRISED
ALEX MEAD: Everyone at the state track meet expected Mavericks junior Alex Mead to defend his 3A 100- and 200-meter titles. But he did them one better, setting new 3A state meet records in both events, 10.62 seconds in the 100 and 21.66 seconds in the 200. He also teamed up with sophomore Logan Anderson and seniors Jared Hernandez and Orel Chavez to set a new 3A state meet record (42.62) in the 400-meter relay.
ISABELLE STAFFORD & MAURA DERR: Playing No. 4 doubles for the Niwot girls tennis team, this freshman duo turned a lot of heads at the 4A state tournament when it finished runner up for the fours state title. “It was fun when people would ask us how old we were,” Derr said. “They’d be seniors and juniors. It’s fun saying we were freshmen and them saying, ‘Well, you’re gonna be really good when you’re seniors.’ It was nice hearing that.”
TYLER LIS: The younger brother of Silver Creek’s Chase Lis, the freshman took sixth in the 200 individual medley at the 4A state swim championships. With four of the top five 200 IM placers graduating, Lis has a chance to make a bigger splash at state next season.
LONGMONT BASEBALL TEAM: With a much younger team than they had last year, the Trojans, led by seniors Reilly Mau, Julian Moroyoqui and Dylan Pollock, made a run to the state tournament and came up just one game short of the state final four. “I don’t think anybody expected us,” Trojans head coach Tom Fobes said. “When you have a group of seniors like this that lead the younger guys like they have then you have success. That’s why were as successful as we were. That leadership really carried us through the year.”
GREG REYNOLDS: After a breakout junior year, the Silver Creek senior put together another nice season, batting .507 with 20 runs and 20 RBIs.
FIVE TO WATCH
SKYLINE BASEBALL: The Falcons won just three games this season, but they had 12 underclassmen on the roster. With an abundance of promising young talent like sophomore outfielder Adam Reigle (.373 avg., 14 RBIs) and defensive standout Tyler Hamby at second base, the Falcons have plenty to look forward to in the coming years.
CODY HOYES: One of Silver Creek’s top swimmers all season, Hoyes put together an impressive junior campaign. He took sixth in the 100 freestyle and will be looking to move up the podium as a senior in 2013.
JARON BALMAN: The Frederick baseball junior put together his second straight season with a batting average over .400 and multiple home runs. Batting .407 with four home runs and 19 RBIs, he’ll be looking to make it three straight next season.
MARIA FAYEULLE: In her sophomore season, Fayeulle asserted herself as one of the top soccer players in the 4A Northern Conference. She led the league with 16 goals and also had five assists.
TYLER LEE: His junior season was a big one with the Erie baseball team. Lee batted .382, scored 24 runs and drove in 18 to help lead the Tigers to an 11-8 record.
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