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Silver Creek softball wins Northern title, Tigers dominate TVL cross country and more


The Silver Creek softball team has some pretty lofty goals this season and the Raptors checked one of them off this week.

On Tuesday, the Raptors won 12-0 over Thompson Valley and with the win locked up the Northern League regular-season title. It was Silver Creek’s third conference championship in a row, marking the first time in the school’s history the Raptors have won three straight softball league titles.

“It honestly went so well,” Raptors junior Maddie Keuhl said. “We have a really great team chemistry and we come together every game. We’ve been saying all season that we still think we’ve underachieved. For a team this young, that’s a new standard that we’re setting for the program.”

Ranked seventh in Class 4A by the latest poll, the Raptors (18-5, 11-1) won their last four games of the regular season. Winners of six of their league’s last 10 regular season titles, the Raptors also won in ’10, ’11, ’14, ’17 and ’18.

Three of the Raptors’ five losses this season were by one run. All but one loss came against a top-10 team from either Colorado or Oklahoma.

It wasn’t exactly a surprise that the Raptors won the league this fall. But with a young roster coming back from 2018, there were some questions on the Silver Creek roster that needed to be answered. Several players stepped up to keep them in the upper echelon of Class 4A, including junior pitcher Keuhl who is second in 4A with 183 strikeouts in 103.1 innings pitched and who boasts a 1.35 ERA.

“We always expect to be able to compete for it but we had a lot of unknowns this year,” Raptors head coach Ryan Beavers said. “We graduated six starting players from a team that went 25-3 and you just don’t know how you’re going to replace that. But we’ve kept getting better since the beginning and we’re happy to be league champs.

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Ryan Beavers’ Silver Creek Raptors won their third straight Northern League softball title with a win on Tuesday and should be in line to host a regional tournament at the end of next week.

“Maddie came back as a junior and made huge leaps as a pitcher. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pitcher make a jump like that and become such an elite kid so quickly. We’ve also started three freshmen and a bunch of sophomores a lot this season. So we had some question marks but our team is very talented. They’re young, but they’re talented.”

Silver Creek lost to eventual 4A champion Holy Family in the semifinals of last year’s state tournament and is looking to make a similarly deep postseason run this fall. With their regular season in the books, the Raptors currently sit sixth in the RPI standings. Ideally, the remaining games yet to be played around the state won’t drop them out of the top eight and the Raptors would be able to begin the playoffs by hosting a regional tournament.

Meanwhile, over in the Tri-Valley…

With a perfect 13-0 conference record and the next closest trio of teams clumped together at 8-5, the defending 4A champion Holy Family softball team locked up the league title a while ago. But the Tigers are still on a roll with regional tournaments on the horizon.

Holy Family has won its last 11 games and have a season-long average run differential of over eight runs during the regular season. The Tigers also currently sit third in the 4A RPI standings, fairly comfortably among the top eight teams that will host regional tournaments next week.

Tigers roar in TVL cross country

With all five of its boys runners placing within the top 14 on Tuesday at Frederick, the Erie Tigers won the TVL championship at Milavec Park to set up would could be an excellent regional meet next week. Erie was led by Alexander Walker’s fourth-place finish, but the pack time was incredibly tight with Tim Fritsche, Luke Fritsche, Evan Kruas and Lbona Haile all finishing within 48 seconds of their leader. That performance edged out Mead, who had three runners in the top five including junior Keegan Caldwell and his second place standing.

On the girls side, Holy Family dominated the team competition by claiming the top four spots. Their top finishers in order were Evelyn Boyd (19:57.20), Alyssa Wells (20:08.40), Gabby Thomas (20:13.70) and Alyssa Jany (20:38.20).

Frederick volleyball still in hunt

As of Oct. 9, the Frederick volleyball team sits with a 3-1 conference record and still within striking distance of a Tri-Valley League championship with five matches left to play. But the Warriors’ final five matches include Holy Family, Mead and league-leading Windsor, so a lot can change in the next several weeks.

Sophomore Kinley Lindhardt leads Frederick with 146 kills.

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Abigail Awad and the Frederick Warriors are 3-1 through the early part of the TVL schedule.

Spread offense for Skyline 

The Skyline volleyball team is in the midst of a solid season and the credit for the Falcons’ record standing at 8-3 can’t be given to just one or two players.

On the attack in particular, the Falcons have three seniors – Abigail Stoops (78), Molly Hennessey (68) and Jenny Dunder (68) – who have over 65 kills on the season. Those three, as well as sophomore Erin Elwood, also have double-digit aces to their credit halfway through the season.

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