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    Fairview's girls tennis team cheer in celebration after they received their trophy for winning the state title during the 5A state tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver May 14.

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    Fairview celebrates its state title at the Class 5A girls state swim meet held at Edora Pool and Ice Center Feb. 13, 2016.

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    Natalie Munson (center) and her team from Fairview cheer in celebration as they are called to accept their trophy after winning the state title during the 5A state tennis tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver May 14.



2015-16 Cup Overall results

1. Fairview 48.5

2. Broomfield 45.6

3. Lyons 41.6

4. Monarch 41.1

5. Peak to Peak 38.1

6. Niwot 35.0

7. Longmont 33.8

8. Dawson School 33.6

9. Boulder 31.8

10. Holy Family 28.3

The 2015-16 school year marked a new era for Fairview High School sports, but the Knights commitment to excellence hasn’t changed.

For the second consecutive year, Fairview has won the Cup.

Modelled after the Director’s Cup used at the NCAA level, the Cup (formerly the Camera Cup) awards a point total for where a particular team finishes in the team standings at their respective state tournaments. Individual results are not factored.

Last year, the Knights became the first program outside of Broomfield and Holy Family to win the honor during the Cup’s 10-year history. But the 2014-15 school year also saw the retirement of long-time athletic director Frank Lee, along with the final seasons for 35-year boys soccer coach Stan Jozwiak, along with veteran volleyball coach Brooke Simmons and wrestling’s Jim Lefebvre.

Fairview kept on rolling, however, as Terrin Kelly took over as AD and the Knights were able to score points in 16 of the 20 sports they participated in, finishing with an aggregate score of 48.5.

“We’re very honored. I’m extremely proud of our coaches and our kids,” Kelly said. “It sometimes seems like we’re doing more with a little bit less when you look at some of the teams that we compete against.”

Fairview won a pair of state titles this past school year — in girls swimming and girls tennis — reached the volleyball championship game for the first time in school history, and finished second in boys tennis for the fifth consecutive season. And the boys soccer team made it all the way to the semifinals before dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to Mountain Vista.

The highlights were definitely the state championships, however. In the winter season, 15-year head coach Bob Smartt led the Knights to their first swimming title in a dozen years behind a pair of individual state titles from junior Brittney Beetcher.

It was an especially satisfying championship for Smartt, who had watched Fairview finish as runners-up six times since winning the title in 2004.

“There were all kinds of stories in there about things we could have done better,” Smartt said about the half-dozen second-place finishes back in February. “Better coaching, better preparation, unlucky injuries, all kinds of things we look back on. After all those stories, it’s nice to get over that.”

Then last month, the Knights were able to break Cherry Creek’s stranglehold on the Class 5A girls tennis state title, ending the Bruins 19-year reign as the top team in Colorado.

And it wasn’t like they did it in a year when Cherry Creek had a down year as the Bruins again made a run at the trophy, finishing second with 66 points behind Fairview’s 69. But state title runs by Seraphin Castelino at No. 1 singles, Sophie Pearson at No. 3, and the team of Clare Lupo and Denali Pinto at No. 4 doubles.

“It’s something that our coaches and our kids had been targeting for awhile,” Kelly said. “That’s such a tough task and so difficult to do. But they kept their eyes on that prize, and they really wanted it. All their hard work and commitment paid off.”

Broomfield, which won a state title in boys soccer and girls cross country and had a second place finish in gymnastics, was second in Cup standings with an average of 45.6.

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