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PLAYERS TO KNOW
Gracie Armstrong, Jr., Legacy: Will patrol the midfield for a vastly improved Lightning side that has visions of a deep postseason run.
Sophia Chen, Sr., Monarch: Returning All-region goalie has signed to continue her career with the Great Danes of Albany.
Jordan Goodwin, Sr., Broomfield: It wouldn’t be a Jim Davidson team without a cerebral midfielder controlling things; and there may be no better than the CU-bound Goodwin.
Mira Houck, So., Jefferson Academy: Led the Jaguars with 18 goals last season and earned a spot on the BoCo all-region team as a freshman.
Hannah Isenhart, Sr., Dawson School: A prolific goal scorer for the Class 2A top-ranked Mustangs. She had 39 last season for a team that made it second straight title game.
Rachel Mahar, Sr., Centaurus: Heads up a strong Warriors midfield and hopes to guide a sneaky good team to new heights.
Anna Maher, Jr., Mead: Will steady a Mavs team that lost a lot to graduation but still has their eyes on returning to the playoffs after a one year hiatus.
Alison McNeal, So., Erie: Hard to say that she will have to pick up the scoring slack after an 18 goal freshman campaign, but she will be vital to the Tigers’ success.
Lauren Moss, Sr., Boulder: A terrific all-around midfielder that could thrive in first year coach Carlos Real’s system.
Kalen Niedling, Jr., Skyline: Remains one of the quickest and most lethal goal scorers in the BoCo region. Has 27 goals in her first two season for the Falcons.
Tea Smith, Sr., Fairview: North Carolina State-bound senior has proven to be a timely goal scorer in her career with the Knights.
Kailee Stobbe, Sr., Niwot: Versatile Cougars senior, headed to Merrimack College in the fall, led them in scoring and was second in assists last season and was a first team BoCo All-Region selection.
Emma Sudbeck, Jr., Longmont: Shores up a Trojans defense that will be critical in making sure they get back to the playoffs.
Rebecca Thompson, Sr., Peak to Peak: One of the 10 returning starters from last years Pumas squad that made it all the way tot he 3A quarterfinals.
Regular season for all classifications ends May 6, and CHSAA will announce seeded brackets on May 7. Single-elimination tournaments run from May 9-24, with the championship games to be played May 23 (Class 2A and 3A) and May 24 (Class 4A and 5A) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Coach: Carlos Real (1st season).
Last year: 5-9-1 overall, 5-6-1 Front Range League; lost 2-0 to ThunderRidge in first round of Class 5A state tournament.
Returning starters: Marlee Burridge (Sr., M); Melia Ingham (Sr., M); Alia Mentzell (Jr., F); Lauren Moss (Sr., M); Siri O’Donnell (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Sarah Maruyama (So., D); Sunny Pine (Fr., D).
Outlook: With a complete overhaul of the program, the Panthers will rely on their seniors more than ever to set the tone for the new culture of the program. The Panthers’ roster is a mix of accomplished veterans and very young talent with the additions of solid juniors and sophomores, and, according to Real, “the primary goal is to improve every half played to not only make the playoffs but win the program’s first ever postseason game.”
Coach: Jim Davidson (19th season).
Last year: 15-3-1 overall, 9-2-1 Front Range League; Lost 1-0 to Grandview in Class 5A state semifinals.
Returning starters: Jordan Goodwin (Sr., MF); Gia Lemley (Jr., F); Jesse Mooney (Jr., D); Cara Quinn (Sr., D); Hailey Stodden (Jr., F); Elle Webber (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Anna Bybee (Sr., MF); Marina Davidson (Jr., D); Grace Fuller (Jr., GK); Ashley Tuccio (Jr., F); Tessa Wagner (Sr., MF).
Outlook: Said Jim Davidson: “Even though we graduate the best class that we’ve ever enjoyed at Broomfield (Bambei, Zinis, Mooney, Mooney, and Stark), I believe we will be just as competitive, albeit young. We have perhaps even better balance between the lines than we had last season along with enough experience and pleasantly emerging senior leadership. I think it will be more of a process this season, but the expectation of success still remains very high.”
Coach: Mario Bezzina (8th season).
Last year: 8-7-1 overall, 3-3-1 Northern League; Lost 3-0 to Valor Christian in first round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Laura Leibfried (Jr., M); Madeline Maksin (So., D); Rachel Mahar (Sr., M); Roxanna Vranian (Jr., GK); Blakely Weber (So., D); Moniphon Xiong (Sr., F).
Others to watch: Sangya Dickey (So., F); Olivia Fase (Jr., F); Mikaela Ferrara (Fr., F); Kaitlynn Hogan (So., M); Helena McCormick (Sr., D); Maddie Nissen (Fr., D); Faith West-Renney (So., GK).
Outlook: Centaurus will be relying once again on a combination of experience and youth to create a balanced team capable of challenging for a play-off spot. The addition of new offensive elements in the team should help the Warriors compliment their defensive discipline.
DAWSON SCHOOL MUSTANGS
Coach: John Siegrist (2nd season).
Last year: 13-3-1 overall, 3-1 Region 5; Lost 7-0 to Vail Mountain in Class 2A championship game.
Returning starters: Cassidy Donohue (Sr., D); Cameron Epstein (So., F-MF); Kate Gallop (So., GK); Hannah Isenhart (Sr., MF); Sage Roshko (Jr., F-MF).
Others to watch: Tina Aieta (Fr., D); Cai Cramer (Sr., MF); Kaitlyn Day (Fr., F); Madison Day (Fr., D); Alexandra Dunbar (Fr., MF); Estasia McGlothlin (Fr., MF-D); Ella Rogers (Fr., F).
Outlook: Said Siegrist, whose Mustangs start the season at No. 1 in the Class 2A CHSAANow.com rankings: “We’re looking for another successful season with a well balanced team and a talented group of incoming freshmen.”
Coach: Megan Remec (1st season).
Last year: 12-4 overall, 5-2 Tri-Valley League; Lost 2-0 to Evergreen in first round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Maddie Foster (Sr., D); McKenna Harrington (So., F); Tiana Linkus (Sr., D); Megan Marcoux (Sr., GK); Alison McNeal (So., F); Fiona McNeal (Sr., F); Kennidy Sakalosky (Jr., D); Kiley Velotta (Sr., F-MF); Shuanah Xiong (So, MF).
Others to watch: Dana Johnson (Fr.); Kaitlyn Patterson (So.).
Outlook: Erie returns a majority of its starters from last year’s team, which made it to the first round of the state playoffs. In only the program’s fourth year, the team hopes to use its experienced roster to continue to push the program to new heights. The McNeal sisters — Fiona and Alison — and McKenna Harrington will be counted on early to create offensive chances while talented freshman Dana Johnson joins an experienced backline that looks to build upon the team’s defensive reputation.
Coach: Jeff Frykholm (1st season).
Last year: 11-4-2 overall, 9-1-2 Front Range League; Lost 2-0 to Monarch in second round of Class 5A state tournament.
Returning starters: Skylar Anderson (Sr.); Brooke Berdan (So.); Olivia Hays (Sr.); Julia Masciarelli (Sr.); Tea Smith (Sr.).
Others to watch: Lucy Bauer (Jr.); Ella Campbell (Jr.); Mannon Frykholm (Jr.); Danielle Nelson (Jr.); Kendra Oklesh (So.); Sarina Russ (So.).
Outlook: With a small senior class and a new coaching staff, there are a number of uncertainties facing the Knights. A strong returning core, however, plus a talented crop of young players offer the promise of a productive season for Fairview.
Coach: J Doehring (3rd season).
Last year: 4-10-1 overall, 2-6 Tri-Valley League.
Returning starters: Aisha Leo Anaya (Jr., MF); Shea Chavez (So., D); Brenna Christen (So., MF); Casey Elnicki (Jr., D); Annie Feuto (Sr., F); Mackenzie teVelde (Jr., MF).
Others to watch: Bree Encinias (Fr., GK); Shelby Smotzer (So., F-MF); Paris Woods (Sr., F).
Outlook: Said Doering: “We did some good things last year and hope to continue to build off of those. We need to score a few more goals and adding Shelby (Smotzer) should help a bunch. We also return our leading scorer from last year Annie Feuto. We graduated five last year but this year we only have two seniors and we are looking to start six underclassmen. So the future is looking bright. We hope to continue to improve.”
HOLY FAMILY TIGERS
Coach: Kathy Hogan (1st season).
Last year: 8-6-1 overall, 6-1 Tri-Valley League; Lost 3-1 to Cheyenne Mountain in second round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Katelyn Caviness (Sr., F); Kody Clements (So., MF); Taryn Cook (Sr., D); Ceili Opp (So., MF); Nicolette Sandoval (So., MF).
Others to watch: Elizabeth Naperkowski (Fr., GK).
Outlook: Said Hogan: “This year we are really excited to continue the success we had last year. Our goal is the playoffs, but winning league is always a goal for us as well. We graduated our largest class last year, but are very hopeful that we can continue the success we had last year.”
JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS
Coach: Denis Sutton (5th season).
Last year: 13-5 overall, 7-2 Metro League; Lost 2-0 to Kent Denver in semifinals of Class 3A state tournament.
Returning starters: Jennika Chapman (Sr.); Mira Houck (So.); Michaelah Ingalls (Jr.); Paige McIver (Sr.); Emily McParland (Jr.); Kristi Nagai (Sr.); Kayla Nedved (So.); Rachel Schlagel (Jr.); Samantha Spitz (Sr.).
Others to watch: Kristen Capan (So.); Brooklynn Kirkpatrick (Fr.); Bridget Lynch (So.).
Outlook: Said Sutton, whose team starts the season ranked No. 3 in the CHSAANow.com 3A poll: “We hope to build upon the past year’s success that ended in the final four, having only lost two seniors. We will be facing a difficult schedule, and with the new playoff structure we know every game will matter.”.
Coach: Luke Meadows (3rd season).
Last year: 6-7-2 overall, 4-6-2 Front Range League; Missed Class 5A state tournament.
Returning starters: Gracie Armstrong (Jr., MF); Parker Barnhardt (Sr., MF); Grace Burnside (So., D); Analisa Carmosino (So., F-MF); Makenna Gottschalk (Jr., GK); Lindsey Lewis (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Megan Becker (Sr., F-MF); Abby Deakin (Sr., MF-D); Alexis Gaffney (Jr., D); Randi Heaton (Jr., MF); Erin Hohnstein (So., MF); Amber Hurtado (So., F); Halle Mackiewicz (Fr., GK); Kailey Maness (So., MF); Clarissa Shelley (Sr., D).
Outlook: After a disappointing season by their standards, Legacy starts with a fresh look on players within the program. Very fresh. Graduating seven players, the Lightning has two seniors return after both missing last year due to injury (2015 an all-conference season for Abby Deakin), two new players both boasting experience in the US national team system and at least 11 players can stake claim to either state championships or ECNL status. The expectation for the team is high and the group is eager to prove what they missed out on a year ago, by missing out on the state playoffs.
Coach: Mike DiGiallonardo (4th season).
Last year: 6-10 overall, 5-2 Northern League; Lost 6-1 to Steamboat Springs in first round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Sydney Fixmer (Jr.); Kennedi Ghesquiere (Jr.); Lexie Lisenbe (Sr.); Taylor Nielson (Jr.); Franchesska Ramirez (Jr.); Kennedy Sheets (Jr.); Emma Sudbeck (Jr.); Cedar Thacker (Sr.); Sam Wiley (Jr.); Breanna Yakel (Jr.).
Others to watch: Coryn Crotzer (Jr.); Marley Higgins (So.); Izzy Neves (So.); Kendall Waddle (Jr.).
Outlook: Said DiGiallonardo: “We are looking to win our first conference title this year. The lady Trojans are also looking to get back to state and go a little deeper into the playoffs.”
LONGMONT CHRISTIAN WARRIORS
Coach: Marianne Clausen (2nd season).
Last year: 2-10 overall, 0-4 2A Region 6; Missed Class 2A state tournament.
Returning starters: Amanda Betsch (Sr.); Maddie Lehnherr (Jr.); Emma Moore (Jr.); Savannah Vrooman (So.); Heidi Willis (So.).
Others to watch: Eleni Kirby (Jr.); Libby Knott(Sr.); Brittany Lee (Jr.); Shannon McCarty (So.).
Outlook: Could be a tough season for the Warriors, who are still trying to get the program up and moving. Clausen only has nine girls to work with, and is hoping for a few more to come out to help.
Coach: Shane Adler (1st season).
Last year: 8-7 overall, 4-3 Tri-Valley League; Missed Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Riley Gilbert (So., D); Jessica Keener (Sr., MF); Anna Maher (Jr., MF); Jaylin Meining (Jr., F); Cara Valentine (Sr., F).
Others to watch: Sarah Cloke (So.); Abby Cowley (Sr.); Molly Imhof (So.); Hailey McNellis (Sr.); Madelyn Muntz (Fr.); Ali Osborne (Sr.); Sydney Postle (Jr.).
Outlook: The Mavericks were much improved last season and will try to keep it trending the right way even after graduation hit them hard by taking 14 seniors. A playoff spot is not out of the realm of possibility.
Coach: Eric Schmidt (5th season).
Last year: 15-3 overall, 10-2 Front Range League; Lost 3-0 to Grandview in quarterfinals of Class 5A state tournament.
Returning starters: Sophia Chen (Sr., GK); Sarah Holland (Sr., D); Danni Kendrick (Sr., D); Aubrey Samuelson (Sr., MF); Zoe Schmanski (Sr., F); Maegan Sours (Sr., F); Kaitlyn Tarlton (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Kate Bethune (Fr., F); Emily Cameron (So., MF); Elizabeth Deitsch (Fr., D); Ashton Hall (Jr., MF); Sammie Holland (So., MF); Daisy Light (So., F); Izzy Thomason (So., MF).
Outlook: After an incredible run to the 5A quarterfinals and finishing second in the Front Range League over the past two seasons, the Coyotes enter the 2017 season looking to continue to build and develop their identity as a program that competes with the best in the state. With seven returning senior starters (and 10 total players from last years group), it will be an exciting season to watch. After fours years of a pretty consistent group, Schmidt is excited to see how the next generation of Coyotes step up to the challenge of the highly talented Front Range League.
Coach: Mark Mabbett (2nd season).
Last year: 2-10 overall, 1-2 2A Region 6; Missed Class 2A state tournament.
Returning starters: Sofie Anderson (Jr., D); Chloe Lindstrom (Sr., MF); Sam Mallick (Jr., F); Ivie Silva (Sr., MF); Bri Sineni (Sr., F-MF); Karen Sorokach (Jr., D-GK).
Others to watch: Meg Feeley (So., D), Anna Neher (So., MF).
Outlook: The message is plain and simple for Mabbett and Panthers. “We are looking to stay healthy, have fun, and improve upon last year,” said Mabbett, a librarian at Nederland.
Coach: Stephen Dimit (1st season).
Last year: 10-6 overall, 6-1 Northern League; Lost 4-1 to D’Evelyn in first round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Madison Barkow (Sr., MF); Allie Colvin (Jr., GK); Anna McCarthy (Jr., F); Charlotte McCarthy (Sr., MF); Kenzie Pasma (Jr., D); Kailee Stobbe (Sr., F); Lauren Wolf (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Ava Dumler (So., MF); Sage Marten (Jr., F); Roxie Pasma (Jr., D).
Outlook: Said Dimit: “We have a strong core of players who have been together for years, even though there are many new faces on the team this season. Stobbe, Barkow, and the McCarthy sisters will lead a very talented attack. We start the season healthy and energized to contend for the league title and a deep playoff run. Our tough non-league schedule will provide us with a lot of great tests and opportunities to sharpen up before we play our league games.”
PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS
Coach: J.K. Swanson (4th season).
Last year: 11-6-1 overall, 5-4 3A Region 6; Lost 5-0 to Colorado Academy in Class 3A quarterfinals.
Returning starters: Sarah Branham (Sr.); Ashley Buck (So.); Emily Dee (Jr.); Jordan Deger (Jr.); Kenna Hazzard (Sr.); Alayna Mann (Jr.); Quinn Precourt (Jr.); Avery Ratzlaff (Jr.); Emma Shepherd (So.); Kinzie Short (So., GK); Rebecca Thompson (Sr.); Rachel Willette (So., GK).
Others to watch: Emma Begley (Jr.); Heidi Buchtel (So.); Jules Walther (So.).
Outlook: With returning all but one starter and losing only one senior who played significant minutes from last year’s team the future is bright for the Pumas. Hoping to take advantage of strong senior leadership, significant defensive experience and a strong freshman class that is one year older should lead to good things for Swanson’s team.
PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY MINERS
Coach: Todd Schoeder (2nd season).
Last year: First CHSAA sanctioned season.
Returning starters: None.
Others to watch: Tatum Abram (So.); Lily Fletcher (Fr.); Grace Jackson (Jr.); Lauren Paredes (So.); Kaylee Potter (So.); Madison Schoeder (So.); Araceli Silva (Jr.).
Outlook: Said Schoeder: “As a first year varsity program playing in the first rate 3A Metro League, we’re hoping to be competitive and win a few conference games and grow from the experience. Anything close to a .500 record would be a win for our program.”
SILVER CREEK RAPTORS
Coach: Rob Johnson (1st season).
Last year: 11-5-1 overall, 6-1 Northern League; Lost 1-1 (3-2 on PK’s) to Steamboat Springs in second round of Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Holly Bosley (Jr., D); Emily Feller (Sr., MF); Denise King (Sr., F); Kaeyla Noble (Jr., GK); Emily Reitz (So., F).
Others to watch: Maddie Kim (Sr., F); Mallory Lopez (Fr., D); Teresa McGlothlin (Jr., D); Ashley Moffat (Jr., MF); Colleen Tyrell (So., D); Nadia Ziegler (Fr., MF).
Outlook: Said Johnson, who comes over from Niwot: “This year we have a very balanced team. We lost some good players from last year, but this group has the potential to make a deep run in the play offs. This is a very close group and will work hard for each other.”
Coach: Luis Chavez (5th season).
Last year: 6-7-2 overall, 3-4 Tri-Valley League; Missed Class 4A state tournament.
Returning starters: Rachel Billeter (Sr.); Sabrina Bridwell (Jr.); Kylie Earhart (Jr.); Serene Fortes (Jr.); Alaina Hellenberg (Sr.); Kenna Meier (Jr., MF-GK); Brie Musser (So., F-MF); Kalen Niedling (Jr.,); Whitney Parkinson (Sr.).
Others to watch: Holly Anson (So.); Kendra Brown (Sr.); Petra Gilbert (Fr., F-MF); Eileen Gonzales (Sr., F-MF); Molly Hennessy (Fr.)Ally Levin (So., F-MF); Maddie Lindauer (Jr.,); Grace Miller (So., MF-GK); Libdrey Schendel (Fr.); Hannah Schineller (Sr.); Lilly Sheetz (So., MF-D).
Outlook: Said the always philosophical Chavez: “We want to improve our attitude, our efforts, our level of integrity. Improve much more our work together to redeem ourselves from last year by playing better soccer as a team, and consequently, be as consistent and solid as possible with aspirations to get into the playoffs.”