Luis Chavez, the head coach for the Skyline boys soccer team, earned his 100th career win at the helm of the program on Tuesday when his team came back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to win 5-3 over Evergreen. Gabriel Sosa recorded a hat trick with three goals and Alex Meza added two in the win.
“Reaching 100 wins with our Skyline High School soccer family for me stems on a tremendous amount of hours, sweat, and belief that has been put towards building a culture that raises the levels of pride not only on the soccer pitch but also off of it when representing our institution, Skyline High School,” Chavez said.
Chavez took the head coaching job with Skyline in 2011 and has posted a winning record in each of his eight seasons so far. The team has reached the playoffs every year under him and has recorded double-digit wins in each season since 2013. In the last two seasons, Skyline has made it to the quarterfinal round in the state soccer tournament.
To sustain that high level of success over a long period of time, Chavez says that everyone plays a role, from the players and coaches to the parents and fans that support them.
“It has all been based on a consistent increased amount of participation, integrity, dedication, respect, discipline, hard work, perseverance and many other core values among these that our student-athletes and their families, as well as our Falcons fans, have invested and thrive for ever since I have been part of the coaching staff,” Chavez said.
Racking up the wins has been a great feat for Chavez, but he says his greatest accomplishment with the team is seeing how his players grow within the program and are put on a path for success when they leave the program.
“It has been an amazing experience and an honor to be able to work with an amazing group of individuals, including school and community members, who have dared to work together, make each other accountable, and be willing to call each other family,” Chavez said. “My hope is that year after year, our students continue to develop and grow in knowledge, skills and tools to be prepared for a better future for themselves and for their families as they walk around as influential individuals to ultimately feel like champions for life.”
Skyline is 2-1 this season and will host Silver Creek in a nonconference game on Thursday.
Postseason begins with boys golf next week
The postseason is right around the corner for the 2019 fall season.
Boys golf will host 12 regional tournaments across the state next week to determine the field of golfers that will compete in the three state tournaments in early October.
Before that, many teams were competing in their league tournaments this week and were turning in impressive results.
Holy Family was the big winner in the Tri-Valley League meet at the Olde Course in Loveland and defeated Sterling by 10 strokes in the team standings for the title. They were led by Jacob Mason with his two-under 70, and both Jackson Grace (77) and Leo Nelson (78) finished in the top five.
“We have faced some challenges and have really come along as a team over the season,” Holy Family coach Will Wilson said. “Jackson Grace had a back injury which kept him out most of the summer and early portion of this season. He is back to playing and is playing well. The guys across the board are really starting to play to their ability, and we have won our last three tournaments. We feel like we have a great chance to win our region.”
Jake Chesler was second overall for Frederick to help them finish third as a team and Erie saw Braden Caffarelli and Shjon Booth crack the top 10 to push the team to fourth. Mead was sixth and Skyline finished eighth in the field.
In the Northern League tournament, Silver Creek edged Northridge by two strokes to take the title in Loveland. Josh Lurie was fourth overall and Ben Harding finished tied for fifth in the individual standings. Longmont was third, Niwot came in fifth and Centaurus was sixth in the eight-team field to round out the other local results.
Now the attention turns away from league events and shifts to the regional tournaments next week. The top two teams and 13 individuals not on those teams will qualify for state in each regional tournament.
Teams in the Boulder County region will be spread amongst four regional tournaments. Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge Academy, Dawson and Holy Family are scheduled to compete in the 3A Region 2 tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton. Another regional tournament with multiple teams is the 4A Region 3 tournament at Coyote Creek in Fort Lupton with Longmont, Niwot, Silver Creek, Erie, Frederick, Mead and Skyline competing.
There are a lot of good golfers playing at this event,” Longmont coach Jeff Capaldi said. “We can’t worry about what everyone else is going to shoot. As long as we keep working on fundamentals, course management and staying positive, we will definitely be in the mix.”
For Jefferson Academy and Centaurus, things will be different for them. Jefferson Academy is the only local school in the 3A Region 3 tournament at Murphy Creek in Aurora, as is Centaurus in the 4A Region 4 tournament at Overland Park in Denver. For them, they will be facing different competition than what they saw during the regular season and will have unique challenges in the way to state.
“I’m sure it’s going to have an impact on the kids,” Centaurus coach Ricardo Cabrera said. “We are not going to know anybody when we play at regionals. It will have an impact. The top guys (in the league) always played with each other, and they would relax and talk to each other. The game will be different at regionals with everyone focused, but hopefully they’ll be ready for that.”
Young Niwot gymnastics team off to a good start
Niwot, the defending state champions in Class 4A gymnastics, is welcoming in a new varsity team this season.
Losing five key seniors from the team last year, head coach Marisa Purcell features a bigger roster with 19 girls but no seniors. A few juniors lead the way while a number of freshmen and sophomores have stepped up.
“Right now we’re trying to get used to competing and getting comfortable with varsity gymnastics,” Purcell said. “They have done a great job.”
The Cougars began their season versus Broomfield and Elizabeth on Sept. 4 in their first meet and then competed for a second time on Sept. 11 against Fort Morgan. Mia Curry, Mallory Christopher and Olivia Sroka have stepped up and provided the leadership for the team this year.
A big lift for Niwot has come from freshman Savannah Slater. She has been one of the underclassmen to have emerged as a team leader and is coming off a strong performance in their last meet.
“She’s done exceptionally well,” Purcell said. “She was first on beam with a 9.325 score and third in the all-around (versus Fort Morgan). She’s starting to stand out and I’m excited for her to get more comfortable and to get more routines down.”
This week will mark another first for the young team as they compete in their first invitational meet at Overland High School on Saturday. The meet will be one of the biggest for the regular season and feature some of the other top teams in the state. For Purcell’s team, it will be another lesson to take moving forward.
“We don’t try to focus on everyone else, we just focus on ourselves and what we are capable of doing moving forward,” Purcell said. “We are working on amount of falls that we have had. That is the focus for the invitational, and for some it’s their first invitational. They will see the teams from around the state at a big meet. It will be fun for them to have that experience and to focus on that.”
The Miners Trophy is staying in Frederick as the Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak to the Erie Tigers with a dramatic 21-20 win on Friday… Longmont and Niwot boys tennis remain unbeaten in dual matches after their wins on Tuesday, but both put their undefeated records on the line when they face each other Thursday in Longmont… Keegan Caldwell continues to run well for Mead cross country and finished in fourth place at the Legacy Lightning Invitational on Friday… The annual St. Vrain Invitational cross country meet is this Saturday in Lyons and will feature the majority of teams in Boulder County competing… Skyline volleyball remains undefeated after Tuesday’s win over Thornton and found themselves in the CHSAA top 10 polls this week… Mead, the top-ranked volleyball team in the CHSAA volleyball polls in Class 4A, took care of business 3-0 versus Frederick on Tuesday. Despite the loss, Frederick is having a good season and currently sits at 7-2… Maddie Kuehl (1.83 ERA, 123 strikeouts) and Talyn Fordham (2.03 ERA) are pitching well for Silver Creek and have combined to allow just two runs in six league games, all wins, helping them jump to the top of the Northern League standings early in the season.