• Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    The Broomfield girls cross country team repeated as 5A state champions in 2016.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    The Broomfield softball team reached the Class 5A state championship game ini the fall.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield players react after thinking they won the Class 5A state championship on Nov. 12, but a call on the play caused the game to continue and Boulder eventually won.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Broomfield fans cheer on the Eagles during the Class 4A state football championship game on Dec. 3.

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    The Broomfield baseball team huddles after the completion of the 5A state baseball title game on May 28.


Expand Cup 2016-17

1. Broomfield 54.25

2. Silver Creek 51.55

3. Holy Family 48.9

4. Monarch 46.73

5. Fairview 46.5

T6. Peak to Peak 43

T6. Dawson School 43

8. Niwot 41.15

9. Jefferson Academy 38.76

10. Boulder 25.92

After a four year detour, the Cup is headed back to Broomfield.

The Cup, which is modelled after the Director’s Cup used at the NCAA level, is awarded annually to the local program which had the most successful school year across the board.

First handed out following the 2006-07 school year, the 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. Then each school’s final standing is derived by dividing the total number of points earned by the number of sports it participated in.

Broomfield won it the first six seasons the Cup was handed out, only to see Holy Family capture it in 2013 and 2014. Then Fairview followed with a two-year reign atop the standings.

But bolstered by a state championship in girls cross country, and runner-up finishes in boys soccer, football, softball and baseball, the Eagles find themselves back on top following the 2016-17 school year.

“It was kind of a bummer, we won it every year when it first came out, and then Holy Family took it,” Broomfield baseball coach Garren Estes said about the Cup. “The last couple of years kind of felt like (Holy Family and Fairview) took our trophy away from us.”

It’s safe to say that the Broomfield athletic program takes a lot of pride in things like the Cup and where the Eagles stand in the hierarchy of Colorado high school sports. Estes said the school and it’s athletes take ownership of the schools tradition, and embrace the challenge of living up to it.

“Kids come here to compete, and they’re willing to put the work in,” said Estes, who has led his baseball team to a pair of state titles during his 15 years at the school. “Kids know that when you come to Broomfield, you’re going to have a chance with the coaches we have here. We’re going to put you in position to make a run in the playoffs, but you’re still going to have to put in the work.”

And Estes said the Eagles athletes are willing to work hard, and the evidence of that can be found during the summer months when the weight room is packed for offseason workouts.

That’s especially apparent this summer, when construction of the school forced the cafeteria to become the de facto weight room.

“No one wants to go lift weights in a cafeteria, but they show up every morning and put the work in,” Estes said. “The other day during the 10 o’clock session for the boys and girls soccer teams, there was 70 kids in there working out.”

The consistency that Broomfield has maintained during the 11 seasons the Cup has been handed out is nothing short of remarkable. In the four seasons when someone else won the Cup, Broomfield finished second.

This year the Eagles secured the Cup with a stellar spring season where they scored points in all seven of the sports they participated in. Estes led the baseball team to the 5A championship game and the girls soccer team reached the 5A semifinals.

And the school also received significant points from girls track and boys swimming to hold off second-place Silver Creek, which held a slight lead over Broomfield following the winter sports season, with an aggregate score of 54.25 to 51.55.

Holy Family (48.9), Monarch (46.73) and Fairview (46.5) round out the top five.

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