Lindenstein: Baseball added fitting end to Broomfield’s sixth-straight run to Cup crown


  • Derek Broussard

    Broomfield's baseball team celebrates its state championship in May.

  • Click to enlarge Cup breakdown.




The final day of the 2011-12 high school sports season arrived on May 26 and, to Broomfield High School supporters, it must have felt like something was missing.

By the end of that spring Saturday, though, all was right again in Eagle land.

The BHS baseball team made sure of that, triumphing over Air Academy in a winner-take-all Class 4A baseball finale after falling to the Kadets earlier that morning in the double-elimination state tournament.

The championship marked Broomfield’s first team title of the 2011-12 school year. And it extended to seven the Eagles’ streak of school years with at least one team title. Go back to the 2002-03 school year, and they’ve taken home at least one crown in nine of the last 10 academic years — 14 titles in all during the stretch and four years with at least two.

Thanks in part to such a portfolio, Broomfield has won the Cup — formerly the Camera Cup — for the sixth year in a row as the most successful area high school across all sports.

Granted, the Eagles likely would have won the Cup even if the baseball team had lost the championship game in May. But the victory put a nice exclamation point on another outstanding campaign by the BHS athletic department.

The Cup awards points — up to 100 per school in each sport — to 20 area CHSAA-sanctioned high schools based on how their teams fare in the postseason. Final scores are calculated by dividing a school’s total number of points by the number of sports in which it competes.

Broomfield won the Cup with an average of 63.70 points. Holy Family was second at 57.93. Lyons took third at 53.27. Fairview was fourth at 53.63. And Niwot rounded out the top five at 38.00.

Broomfield competed in the postseason in 19 of its 20 sports, with nine teams, respectively, finishing among the top four in the state. That group included state runner-up finishes in boys cross country and boys track in addition to the baseball title.

All of that’s not to mention multiple impressive individual feats, including three state champion wrestlers — Drew Romero, Phil Downing, Nick Babcock — who led the Eagles to a fourth-place finish in that sport. The girls swim team’s 200-yard medley relay of Katalena Laufasa-Duncan, Heather Shaver, Elizabeth Peterson and Kendall Wingfield also took gold. And so did boys swimming’s Cody Engstrom (diving) and boys track’s Harrison Einspahr (100, 200-meter dashes).

To be sure, runs like Broomfield’s rarely last forever as sports programs go through high and low cycles, and the Eagles will likely return to Earth at some point. In terms of titles, BHS — open since 1959 — has gone up and down itself through the decades, with four in the 1960s, one in the ’70s, four in the ’80s and one in the ’90s.

But that cyclical nature of success has perhaps only made the Eagles’ last 10 years all the more impressive to watch.

With less than a month to go before fall practices for the 2012-13 school year begin, here’s one final look at some highlights from other area schools’ 2011-12 campaigns:

–Holy Family finished among the top three in the Cup standings for the fourth year in a row. The Tigers won no team titles this year but notched top-four finishes in boys cross country, boys soccer, boys basketball and baseball.

–When it came to team titles, Legacy and Lyons paced the area with two each. Lyons took second in the Cup standings after its boys and girls track teams both won repeat titles. The Lions also had top-four finishes in football and boys and girls cross country. Legacy took titles in softball and girls basketball, and took ninth in the Cup standings.

–Fairview finished in the top five of the Cup standings for the sixth year in a row thanks in large part to an amazing spring season in which the Knights were state runners-up in girls soccer, girls tennis and boys track and took third in girls golf.

–In the six years of the Cup, Niwot has remained the St. Vrain Valley School District’s model of consistency by never finishing lower than seventh. Despite the turnover of nearly every head coach over the past couple of years, the Cougars landed in the top five for the fourth time this year.

–Four top-four finishes led Monarch back into the top 10 for the first time since 2006-07. … Silver Creek logged its highest finish in the Cup standings at seventh. … Nederland cracked the top 10 for the first time.

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