As the Peak to Peak boys golf team was putting the finishing touches on its run to the Class 3A state championship Tuesday afternoon, I couldn’t help but think that this is shaping up to be one of the most remarkable falls in BoCoPreps.com history.
Not only did the Pumas win the team title, Peak to Peak sophomore Davis Long was the individual champion, holding off another local sophomore, Walker Franklin of Prospect Ridge, in dramatic fashion.
This was the first state championship day in what promises to be a busy fall for local athletes and teams. Next up is state tennis, where we should have several teams and players competing for championship hardware.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
State softball is just around the corner, where there are at least six local clubs that consider themselves legitimate contenders to make deep runs in the postseason. The same can be said for volleyball, and every single local 5A club should be considered a factor in the race for the state soccer championship.
In football, Fairview has the look of a team that could make noise in the postseason in 5A, Monarch and Skyline (which face each other on Thursday) are both undefeated and ranked in 4A, and three different BoCo teams have been ranked No. 1 in Class 3A (Longmont, Holy Family and current No. 1 Mead).
And that’s not taking into account No. 3 and undefeated Erie, or Silver Creek, which currently sits at No. 9.
Then there’s cross country, where it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility for local runners and teams to win every single championship up for grabs at the state meet on Oct. 28.
It’s a glorious time for sports in the BoCoPreps coverage area. And believe me when I tell you, it’s much easier, and a heckuva lot more fun, to cover winning teams and standout players.
But it also leads to a bit of a conundrum for us at BoCoPreps.com.
Without question, the biggest complaint we receive is readers asking us why don’t we cover such and such team/player more?
It’s a legitimate question, and one that I always try to answer every time it comes up.
The truth of the matter is it’s a numbers problem. We cover more than 20 local high schools for four different publications and a web site. In the fall, that adds up to around 150 different prep teams in nine different sports. And we try to do it with three full time reporters, and a limited number of freelancers.
But we simply cannot get to everything that deserves coverage.
Take this past Tuesday for example. Not only did we have the state championship in three different golf classifications, we also had five soccer games of consequence, a full slate of softball and another half dozen volleyball matches worthy of consideration.
Even with an extra three reporters out covering contests for us, we still weren’t able to get to games such as Niwot vs. Silver Creek or Broomfield vs. Monarch in volleyball, or Fairview at Legacy in soccer.
It’s a problem every sports season, but it seems amplified this fall with so many teams doing so well.
So please have patience with us. We know we’re not covering everything we should. But we’re trying.
John Rosa: 303-473-1315, firstname.lastname@example.org