Several Monarch coaches and players were afforded a first look at their teams this week and had an opportunity to put in place realistic expectations for their fledgling seasons.
Volleyball played four friendly games in the Regis Jesuit Tournament. These games were crucial to the season seeing as many of the girls have never played with each other.
First year Coach Tom Sullivan stated that there were, “A lot of new faces on the court so we are working on our chemistry and trust.”
Things started to come together on the second day of play with two wins against Columbine and Fruita.
The senior leadership of seniors Addy Lofstedt and Kendall Peterson shone through. They led the team in kills.
Boy’s tennis experienced a successful start to the season, taking down league opponent Poudre. The team won all but two matches against the Impalas.
The Coyotes experienced strong play from seniors Justin Nguyen, Jack Shanahan and Danny Wright at 1,2 and 3 singles. Combined they dropped just nine games.
Boy’s golf was fully into the swing of league play as they headed into a league tournament at Riverdale Knolls.
The team has struggled to consistently string together solid rounds but led by juniors Jackson Elliot (76) and Alex Mautz (76) the team finished fifth. Senior captain Nathan Tenningkeit finished one stroke back at 77.
With two games under their belts already the softball team played four more in the Fort Collins Preseason Tournament. After two games on Day 1 the coyotes stood at 0-2 with losses to Poudre and Rampart.
Things took a turn for the better when senior pitcher Jenny Marriott stepped up and got the win for the Coyotes in the third game of the day against Rocky Mountain. The 11-10 win was anything but commanding, however it served as a good confidence boost.
The second day of play began with a tie against Regis Jesuit (9-9) and a poor performance in a loss to Northglenn (12-2)
Cross country competed in its first meet in the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.
Juniors Ashley Litoff and Alyssa Reese placed 12th and 13th and led the girls team to a first-place team finish. Four Monarch girls placed in the top 25.
Sophomore Tyger Roch followed up on his strong time trial performance in the Coyote Chase with an eighth-place finish (17:43). Junior Parker Sitton finished 14th (17:51). The boys team finished third overall behind Fairview and Cherry Creek.