Prep notes: Fairview alum Gamble chooses early retirement

At the ripe old age of 19, Berkley Gamble has decided to hang up her cleats.

The former star for the Fairview girls soccer team has endured a whirlwind year during what was supposed to be her first season competing at the Division-I level. Yet even though Gamble had a new team welcoming her into the fold this fall, and she recently was granted her eligibility for the 2013 season by the NCAA, Gamble ultimately decided the physical wear-and-tear she had suffered in recent years was too much to overcome.

“My entire life, it always was my dream to play on a Division-I team with teammates that were as close as family,” Gamble said. “After all the injuries, it was hard to settle for less than that.”

Just 15 months ago Gamble was in uniform at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, appearing in the Class 5A state title game for the second time in three years with the Knights. A year ago she joined the program at the University of Washington but, in an event that set in motion the chain of events over the next 12 months, Gamble suffered a torn ACL in her left knee.

It was Gamble’s second torn ACL in three years, following a torn right ACL as a junior at Fairview, and it led to the third major knee surgery of her young career.

Because Gamble eventually felt disconnected from the program at Washington after being left behind on road trips, as all injured players typically are, she eventually transferred home for the second semester to continue rehabilitating her knee while looking for a new home for her soccer career. She seemingly found that home at UC-Santa Barbara.

Yet even though Gamble began training with her new team earlier in August, the physical toll on her knees, as well as chronic ankle pain, made her reconsider her options.

“The second ACL tear took a much bigger toll mentally than I anticipated,” said Gamble, a member of the 2012 BoCoPreps.com All-Region first team. “Once I decided to play again this year, it was difficult to find a school that would let me play right away. When UC-Santa Barbara offered, I just went for it without really looking too much into it. I didn’t put in the research on the program that I should have and it wasn’t what I hoped for.”

Oddly enough, Gamble has decided to return to where the odyssey began at Washington, where she will renew her academic career as a normal student without the burden of Division-I athletics hanging over her head.

“I’m going to play intramurals, but not just soccer,” said Gamble, who also was a standout swimmer her senior year at Fairview. “It’s going to be a whole new life and it’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to do all the things I couldn’t do while playing college ball full-time.”

TWIN PEAKS ARRIVES
 
While the transition to a fully-sanctioned CHSAA athletic program has not been glitch-free for Twin Peaks, the Timberwolves nonetheless are excited to host its first varsity event this week when the Twin Peaks volleyball team welcomes Loveland Protestant Reformed Christian School to its brand new gym on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4:30.
 
Twin Peaks will field boys and girls cross country teams this fall, but the plan to also field a boys soccer fell through due to lack of numbers. Head coach Eric Nuechterlein will remain on board to coach the available kids as a club team with an eye toward fielding a full varsity team next year.

“Our coach thought we’d need 17 to field a viable team, and we definitely didn’t have that,” athletic director Jeremy Hamlin said. “Eric still is very passionate about it, and he’ll get them going over the next year to build some camaraderie. They’ll be in good hands.

“Next year we plan on having our field ready, so we’ll be more ready to go then anyway.”

AIR TIME

KCCB Channel 8 out of Broomfield will broadcast a number of Broomfield-area football games this fall that will be aired on a tape-delay basis. The games slated for broadcast are this Friday’s showdown between Faith Christian and Holy Family; Broomfield at Legacy Sept. 7; Thomas Jefferson at Holy Family Oct. 4; Montbello at Broomfield Oct. 18; and Ralston Valley at Legacy Oct. 25.

The games will air a number of times in the weeks following the games — Tuesdays at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. DVDs of the games can be purchased by calling 303-469-3301 or emailing info@broomfield.org.

NOTABLE

Two big softball tournaments are on tap this weekend, with Erie hosting its Tournament of Champions and Boulder hosting its third annual CreekSide Classic … Two standouts from the Broomfield girls soccer team made verbal commitments, with Katie Forsee committing to Portland State and Kerri Marquardt headed to Division-III Wisconsin-Whitewater. Both athletes also compete for FC Boulder … Legacy graduate and Regis University women’s soccer player Sade Akindele was named to the preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team.

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