X Cup: Holy Family repeats as all-around champions

  • DAVID R JENNINGS / Broomfield Enterprise

    Holy Family's first state title in boys basketball since 1998 played a big role in the Tigers' repeat victory in the 2013-14 Cup


    Senior Logan Watson helped lead Lyons to state tournament appearances in football and baseball.



Athletic director Ben Peterson has been around Holy Family long enough to note a repeating theme that tends to echo through the school’s hallways toward the end of the school year.

Typically, come May the Tigers are always looking back at a resoundingly successful athletic campaign. Then the talk inevitably turns to how Holy Family will find a way to repeat its winning ways the following school year after losing so many gifted leaders from its senior class.

Yet one of the secrets to the Tigers’ continued success is not only how each senior class raises the bar of expectations, but how they are able to pass on the mantle of leadership to those younger players preparing to fill the void. It happened once again during the 2013-14 school year, leading to a second consecutive Cup for Holy Family.

“It seems like the same story every year where we’re losing seniors and everyone is wondering what we’re going to do when they’re gone,” Peterson said. “One thing you notice here is how the Holy Family kids kind of hand off that leadership. We always find a way to do it and we don’t expect next year to be any different.”

The Cup (formerly known as the Camera Cup) is awarded annually to the athletic program that displays the greatest level of overall athletic excellence during the school year. Last year, Holy Family became the first school besides Broomfield to win the award since its inception in 2007. A few notes on the scoring process:

• Scores are compiled based solely on each team’s level of success at the state level. One hundred points are awarded for a state title, with a sliding scale for all teams that follow. Individual state titles are not included in the scoring process. The final aggregate average is determined by dividing the total number of points a school accumulates by the number of varsity programs it fields.

• Admittedly there is no perfectly fair manner to catalogue points for co-op teams, so those points are given to the host school. That means Centaurus received a boon from its Final Four girls lacrosse team even though the Warriors’ top scorer, Sarah Brown, attended Boulder. Same for the Monarch state runner-up hockey team, whose leading scorer was Fairview’s Walker Harris, and the sixth-place Skyline girls golf team, which was paced by players from Niwot and Silver Creek.

Holy Family once again outpaced runner-up Broomfield and third-place Fairview behind an athletic program that registered points in every sport in which it fielded a varsity team. Holy Family finished with a mark of 66.1, followed by Broomfield’s 58.6 and Fairview’s 51.6.

Leading the way, of course, were the Tigers’ repeat state title winners in girls basketball and baseball, along with the school’s first boys basketball state championship since 1998. However all-sports titles are not won on the strength of just three sports, even three state title winners, and the Tigers stood out in every season.

During the fall, Holy Family teams put together solid postseason performances in girls cross country, softball, and volleyball. The wrestling team did the same during the winter, and in the spring the Tigers supported their title-winning baseball team by recording high point-totals in track and field and girls soccer.

The competition will only grow more fierce for the Tigers next year in their quest for a Cup three-peat, as Holy Family will move from Class 3A to 4A in 2014-15.

“We have really good, really competitive relationships among the programs in the building,” Peterson said. “They all try to match what the others are doing. It’s just grown into part of the culture at Holy Family now, and it’s fun to be a part of what’s happening here.”

While Broomfield and Fairview led the way among Boulder Valley schools, Lyons set the pace for St. Vrain schools by finishing fourth overall with a mark of 48.5, inching ahead of fifth-place Niwot (41.4) and sixth-place Silver Creek (40.9).

The Lions faced challenges in 2013-14 that were far beyond the norm in the wake of the massive September floods that ravaged the town, yet the Lyons athletic programs became a welcome escape for the school’s student-athletes and a rallying point for the community in general.

“I know that contributed a lot to my teams and probably with the other sports as well,” Lyons track and cross country coach Mark Roberts said. “Amidst all of the stuff going on, I think for the cross country kids practice became a kind of release. You realize it can all be taken away at any time and I think playing sports became that much more important for our kids.”

Roberts’ squads did much of the heavy lifting for Lyons, with the boys cross country team capturing the 2A state title while the girls squad captured runner-up honors. The boys added a runner-up finish at the 2A track and field finals and the girls finished third. Those efforts were supported by state tournament appearances by the football and baseball squads, in addition to a strong finish from the Lyons wrestling team.

“Whenever you have a good year, you look back and you realize you had great senior leadership,” Roberts said. “Whether it was Logan Watson and Trent Paulsen, or Maddie Keen playing basketball for the first time and qualifying for state in the discus. It wasn’t a big senior class, but they did a great job and put things in perspective for everyone.” Cup overall standings — Holy Family 66.1, Broomfield 58.6, Fairview 51.6, Lyons 48.5, Niwot 41.4, Silver Creek 40.9, Monarch 37.3, Peak to Peak 30.9, Erie 29.3, Shining Mountain 29.1, Longmont 29.3, Boulder 27.1, Legacy 27.1, Mead 24.8, Nederland 20.1, Dawson School 16.6, Jefferson Academy 15.5, Centaurus 14.6, Skyline 13.7, Frederick 8.9.

Fall season standings — Holy Family 59.3, Lyons 56.2, Broomfield 51.8, Fairview 49.9, Silver Creek 47.5, Peak to Peak 41.3, Monarch 39.1, Niwot 37.2, Boulder 30.9, Legacy 26.3, Dawson School 24.5, Erie 20.6, Shining Mountain 15.3, Nederland 14.6, Longmont 12.6, Frederick 10.7, Centaurus 10.3, Mead 10.0, Jefferson Academy 5.0, Skyline 3.1.

Winter season standings — Holy Family 86.7, Broomfield 70.3, Mead 61.0, Fairview 52.4, Monarch 48.3, Longmont 47.4, Erie 45.0, Silver Creek 41.0, Nederland 35.1, Peak to Peak 35.0, Niwot 32.5, Legacy 31.5, Boulder 30.9, Jefferson Academy 26.5, Lyons 17.7, Frederick 16.7, Centaurus 12.0, Skyline 12.0, Shining Mountain 10.0.

Spring season standings — Shining Mountain (two sports), 69.0, Lyons 66.7, Holy Family 63.2, Broomfield 60.5, Niwot 53.8, Fairview 52.9, Longmont 39.3, Erie 32.5, Silver Creek 30.4, Skyline 28.8, Monarch 28.7, Legacy 27.0, Jefferson Academy 21.6, Boulder 21.4, Centaurus 21.0, Peak to Peak 17.3, Dawson School 17.0, Mead 16.1, Nederland 9.3, Frederick 0.

Boulder Valley School District overall standings — Broomfield 58.6, Fairview 51.6, Monarch 37.3, Peak to Peak 30.9, Boulder 27.1, Nederland 20.1, Centaurus 14.6.

St. Vrain Valley School District overall standings — Lyons 48.5, Niwot 41.4, Silver Creek 40.9, Erie 29.3, Longmont 29.3, Mead 24.8, Skyline 13.7, Frederick 8.9.

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