Broomfield junior Bryna Kapelke, a strong player in 2018 — but nothing like she’s been so far in 2019 — is absolutely crushing the ball everywhere she goes, leading all Class 5A softball hitters with a .763 batting average through 11 games.
The Eagles’ “best kept secret” is officially out.
“I think last year she would probably tell you she felt like she under-performed a little bit,” Broomfield coach Kale Gilmore said. “And now she’s playing to the athlete that she really is. To me, she’s in the top-five athletes in the state of Colorado. There’s no doubt that’s she’s probably the MVP at this point of the season based on what I’ve seen in terms of her overall ability and being a five-tool player.”
The Eagles started eight sophomores and a freshman at times last fall, but pushed into the state tournament anyway. And now with a little more experience this year, the Eagles are confident about where they can finish in October and were out to a 10-1 start coming into Saturday.
“Their only goal is to win a state championship,” Gilmore said. “I think they feel like they have all the pieces.”
Through 11 games, Kapelke has led the way with 29 hits, 22 RBIs, five doubles and nine triples. She also has five steals and hasn’t committed an error in the field.
Freshman Breana Fiala, meanwhile, is 5-0 with a with a 2.01 ERA in eight appearances.
Legacy in the making
The leading names for the Class 5A Front Range League soccer crown has historically been some variation of Boulder, Broomfield and Fairview — and those three teams have certainly done nothing to remove themselves from that conversation in the early weeks of this fall season.
But there’s also Legacy, a brewing power fresh off its best season in program history with a veteran-heavy squad in 2019.
Coach Tony Romano’s crew has won four straight in convincing fashion, most recently beating Niwot 4-0 Thursday. Against the Cougars, Jake Maurek scored his team-leading seventh goal of the year on a penalty kick, one of three on the night for Legacy. Ryan Bennett and Hunter Hance also had PK goals, and Gael Hernandez scored the first varsity goal of his career.
In the Lightning’s four games — Silver Creek, Jefferson Academy, Ralston Valley and Niwot — they’ve outscored the opposition 21-2 with eight different goal scorers.
“We can score from a lot of different people, from a lot of different places in a lot of different ways,” Romano said. “I think that diversity of attack is what’s going to be most difficult for teams to defend.”
Maurek has shined in a heavier scorer’s role this fall, notching goals in each of the Lightning’s opening four games. Blake Hansen, meanwhile, who led the team with 12 goals last year, already has six.
The Lightning begin FRL play with Rocky Mountain at Five Star Stadium Wednesday followed by a road game against Fossil Ridge Sept. 23. Two days after that, they face Fairview, which was ranked inside the top 20 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Fab 50 list of top teams in the nation prior to Boulder beating the Knights in double-overtime Tuesday.
Boulder football moves to 2-1
Taking over a program that has won five games in a season just once since 2004, second-year coach Ryan Bishop doesn’t see the task ahead as a rebuild.
More like a “revamp.”
“We have the kids, we have the mentality,” Bishop said Tuesday. “We just have to get the kids to buy into it. And I think they’re starting to buy in a little bit. We just have to have them continue to buy in.”
The Panthers moved to 2-1 on the season for a second straight year after beating Mountain Range 21-0 Friday night.
Per the school’s athletics Twitter, Shane Provost rushed for a 2-yard touchdown late in the first half and Parker Patchett had a 60-yard TD run to open the second half. Hale Chargois then connected with Wiley Bennett for a 25-yard score in the fourth quarter.
A week ago, in a nice albeit long-awaited rebound from a Week 1 loss to Fairview, Boulder beat Northglenn in a game that ended close to midnight due to a late start caused by lightning delays.
Legacy’s Ryan Montera won the Legacy Lightning Invitational cross country meet in 16 minutes, 11 seconds Thursday at Broomfield County Commons. The Lightning won the boys’ title and took second in the girls’ race. … Broomfield’s Gustavo Gutierrez had a goal and an assist in wins over Legend Tuesday and Westminster Thursday. He now has four goals and four assists in four games this season. … Fairview senior Kea Veenendaal leads the 5A Front Range League with a kill percentage of .514 through 25 sets. Monarch’s Emma Kennedy was second coming into Saturday at .464. … The boys tennis team at Monarch continued its nice start to the fall, beating Boulder and Greeley West this week to move to 6-0 in dual matches. Last week, the Coyotes won the Greeley West Invitational.