John Rosa BoCoPreps.com

Undoubtedly, the question I’ve been asked the most often the last couple of years about my career is, “When are you going to get back into sports?”

Well, now I have an answer.

After spending the majority of the past eight years on the news side of newspapers, including an 18-month stint as a night editor for the Longmont Times-Call and Boulder Daily Camera, I’m taking the reins as the editor for BoCoPreps.com. And I couldn’t be more excited.

Although I enjoyed my time working in news, my passion lies in sports, particularly high school sports. As interesting as right-sizing plans and city budgets can be, they don’t hold a candle to the intricacies of the pistol formation or analyzing the effectiveness of a triangle offense, in my opinion.

After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in the early 1990s, I was the sports editor for several community papers around the state, and wrote for Rocky Preps at the Rocky Mountain News for more than a decade.

During that time I developed a great appreciation for high school sports, and the sacrifice and dedication the players, coaches, parents and administrators put into it. The vast majority of prep participants will never know the glory or the riches of playing in the pros, or even on the collegiate level, but they still put their heart and soul into their time on the various athletic fields and arenas that high school sports affords them.

And I’m honored to help tell their stories.

I’ve already worked with a lot of the coaches and administrators in the BoCoPreps area during my previous time in sports, and I can’t wait to re-establish those old relationships. And I’m looking forward to making new connections and working with those that I haven’t met yet.

I’m hoping to to carry on the great tradition of coverage BoCoPreps has provided under Pat Rooney the past several years as well as finding new and exciting ways to bring prep coverage to our readers. Please feel free to contact me at 303-473-1315 or you can email me at rosaj@dailycamera.com.

Helbig’s huge day

Of all the highlights produced during the first couple of weeks of action on the football field — and there were plenty, including Class 5A No. 1 Valor Christian going down to Pomona — none was bigger than what Holy Family quarterback Chris Helbig produced Friday night in the Tigers’ 49-43 win in their season opener at Mountain View.

Helbig, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior who is also a standout in basketball, threw for a state-record 607 yards, eclipsing the old mark of 589 set by Air Academy’s Adam Brown against Sand Creek last year.

Helbig completed 29-of-45 passes and tossed six touchdowns for Holy Family, which is currently ranked third in Class 3A in the Colorado AP poll. The Tigers travel to Discovery Canyon to take on the eighth-ranked Thunder on Friday night.

Tough stretch for Trojans

No one can accuse Longmont football of easing into the new season. After opening the campaign with an impressive 48-27 victory over defending 3A state champion and preseason No. 1 Pueblo East during Zero Week, the Trojans travel to Falcon Friday night to battle with Falcons, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.

Things don’t get any easier for Longmont, which is currently ranked No. 2 in 4A, after that, with showdowns against 4A No. 8 Broomfield and rival Silver Creek on the horizon.

Speaking of Silver Creek, the Raptors will also be tested this week when they play host to Jeffco power Dakota Ridge, currently ranked third in Class 4A. Silver Creek is coming off a big win over Discovery Canyon in the season opener, as junior quarterback Dylan Ordway threw for 214 yards and a pair of scores.

John Rosa: 303-473-1315, rosaj@dailycamera.com