• Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer

    The Silver Creek student section erupts after their team takes the lead in the fourth quarter of a basketball game Jan. 17 at Longmont High School.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek's Trevor Riters celebrates after the Raptors knocked off Lewis-Palmer 28-27 in the 3A quarterfinals on Nov. 18.

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek's Trent Dykema battles through traffic against Longmont on Feb. 9.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    The Silver Creek baseball team made it to the Class 4A state tournament last month.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    The Silver Creek girls soccer team celebrates after scoring a goal against rival Longmont on April 25.

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek's Parker Nicholas drives past a defender during a game with Longmont on Feb. 9.


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

It’s fair to say the last few weeks have been an emotional time for Marty Tonjes.

Last month Tonjes announced that he was resigning his post as assistant principal and athletic director at Silver Creek to take a similar position at Horizon High School. In an article posted on the school website, Tonjes explained his decision to leave his beloved Raptors for the chance to return to his alma matter and increase the amount of time he could spend with his own kids.

One things for certain, however. Tonjes is leaving Silver Creek’s athletic programs in a position of strength.

The Raptors are coming off a 10 month stretch that saw them win a handful of Northern League titles and emerge as state title contenders in several sports, making deep postseason runs that electrified the school and surrounding community.

And for the first time, Silver Creek made a serious run at winning the Cup that has been awarded annually to the local program which had the most successful school year across the board for the past 11 school years.

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.

After sitting atop the Cup standings following the fall and winter seasons, the Raptors ended up finishing in second place behind Broomfield, which won it for the seventh time overall and first time since 2011-12.

Still, it was a historic year for Silver Creek, which had never finished higher than sixth in the Cup standings and failed to crack the top 10 last year.

“Knowing the different dynamics and student leadership of each program, I absolutely thought this year had a chance at being something special,” Tonjes said. “Our programs had the right mix of athletic talent at all grade levels and it showed.”

The Raptors set the tone for the school year in the fall, when they were a factor in the postseason in all eight sports they participated in. The football team rolled through the regular season undefeated before eventually falling to top-seeded Discovery Canyon in the semifinals, the boys cross country team ran to a fourth place finish at state, and the golf team took fourth behind Jackson Solem’s second place finish.

That momentum carried over to the winter, where Silver Creek scored significant Cup points in girls swimming, boys and girls hoops and wrestling.

And even though Broomfield was able to overtake them in the fall, The Raptors made runs at state championships in baseball and boys track.

“The success of our programs is due to the hard work and dedication of our student athletes and the commitment to going above and beyond by the Silver Creek coaches,” Tonjes said. “The athletes have set a standard for themselves and push each other to do great things. Along with that, the coaches do not hesitate to support the athletes and their goals at all levels of every program.”

And although Tonjes will be watching Silver Creek from afar next season, he has no doubt the Raptors will continue the success they enjoyed in 2016-17.

“With the culture that has been created by our athletes and coaches, I can absolutely see the success sustaining for many years to come,” Tonjes said. “Our student athletes are proud of the ‘SC’ on their uniforms and work extremely hard to maintain a standard that they’ve set for themselves.”

Broomfield won the Cup the first six seasons it 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.”

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