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BoCoPreps Class 5A notebook

Check out Broomfield volleyball, Boulder mountain biking and more

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In a world of Belichicks, where answering questions can sound like a battery powering down, there can sometimes be contrast.

“I love talking about this team,” Broomfield volleyball coach Bob Knox said as he was wrapping up a phone interview this week. “I’m excited about this team.”

Broomfield's Hope Hanak-Harper, left, tries to ...
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Broomfield’s Hope Hanak-Harper, at left seen here in action during a 2018 match against Monarch, has helped the Eagles get out to a tremendous start in 2019 — a start that has Class 5A on notice.

A five-set road win against Rock Canyon Tuesday was the topic for discussion in the opening days of the fall season.

At the outset, the Highlands Ranch team, with a handful of deep postseason runs in recent history, came into the fall just outside the top-10 in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A preseason volleyball poll. Broomfield, on the other hand, was not on the list after finishing 12-13 last year and has not seen the state tournament since 2012.

“This is a huge confidence builder for us going into the rest of the season,” Knox said. “When you come out right away and beat a team you’re not expected to beat, it’s huge.”

Eagles captain Hope Hanak-Harper helped lead a strong attack and Kaitlyn Gurnsey and Kennedy Nelson were out in front of a strong defensive effort in the 22-25, 25-12, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11 victory. Courtney Wristen, a 6-foot-2 junior maybe better known for her blossoming basketball career, helped shut down the Jaguars’ top hitter.

“I’m a lot more confident this year that we’ll have a better year,” Knox said, “and possibly a breakout (season).”

The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a win over Grand Junction Thursday. Next, they’ll host Overland Sept. 3.

On your left! BoCo junior mountain bikers en route

Earlier this summer, three Boulder juniors — Bjorn Riley of Boulder, Madigan Munro of Boulder and Ada Urist of Fairview — were selected to represent the United States at the Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Championships, which got underway this past week in Quebec, Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, Munro was the top U.S. finisher in the women’s junior cross-country Olympic event, finishing sixth. Urist was 35th, and in men’s junior XC, Riley took 25th.

Back home, these big wheels have been crucial members of their school’s club teams, which went 1-2 at the Frisco Bay Invitational this past weekend.

Boulder won the Division-I invitation with 7,609 points, while Fairview was second with 6,967.

Employing a scoring system that recognizes all levels of riders, Chloe Fraser, Vin Hludzinski, Johnny Stanzione and Ella Brown won JV-level races for the Panthers. Elliote Muir and Anna Katnik, meanwhile, took fourth and fifth in the varsity girls’ race. Cooper Lull was eighth in the varsity boys’ race.

For Fairview, Tea Wright was sixth in the varsity girls’ race and Oliver Boyd was sixth in varsity boys.

Silver Creek finished eighth in the Division-I standings. Monarch took eighth and Centaurus was 11th in D-II. And in in D-III, Longmont finished ninth, Prospect Ridge Academy was 10th and Nederland was 11th.

In its entirety, the high school mountain bike league continues to grow in numbers and popularity.

Said Boulder coach Ben Boyer, his program has 140 riders and 32 coaches. Per the Colorado High School Cycling League, which was founded 10 years ago, there were 1,383 riders, 658 coaches and 75 teams in the league last year.

Olson on a tear as Legacy softball keeps winning

Legacy’s Riley Olson, hitting nearly .650 through six games, went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in Tuesday’s 6-4 win over CHSAANow 5A preseason No. 1 Cherokee Trail. The senior then had two more hits in Thursday’s win over Grandview, a comeback victory from seven runs down per the softball team’s Twitter.

Broomfield’s Reifschneider wins Estes Park golf tournament

Ben Reifschneider won the Estes Park Invitational tournament with a 1-over-72, edging four golfers at 2-over, including teammate Ryan Jenson. Matt Gooley and Kaden Jaramillo were just back of that at 3-over for Eagles, who won the invite and continue to play well about halfway through the season.

Quick hitters

Monarch tennis has won four straight matches to open the season and its No. 1 singles player Michael Conde has won all but one set. … Broomfield goalie Jack Stoecker had five saves in a 2-0 shutout against Cheyenne Mountain. Trying to slow down perhaps the best scoring duo in the state in Centaurus’ Fernando Ruiz and Christian Nunez is next up. … Fairview junior Adam Moser had six receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Boulder Thursday. Last year, he had seven receptions for 47 yards over the entire season.

Note to readers

The BoCoPreps staff is committed in finding stories about high school athletes making a difference on and off the field. But we need the community’s help in bringing many of these stories to light.

Know an athlete or team dominating on the field? Stupendous. How about one making a difference in their community with charity work? Even better.

Please email us any ideas and we’ll do our best to look into it.

For more from this week, check out our 3A/4A notebook.