Frederick quarterback Jake Green, who was named the BoCoPreps.com offensive player of the year in December, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska-Kearney last weekend. There, he will remain at quarterback.
The 5-foot-11 senior saw a rise in interest at the next level after a dazzling fall campaign in which he outgained more than half of the Class 3A programs in the state by himself. Some of his pursuers wanted to recruit Green at a position other than QB. Others, like the Division-II Lopers, wanted to keep him at the spot where he accumulated 3,490 yards and 46 touchdowns while leading the Warriors all the way to the state semifinals in 2019.
“I just wanted the opportunity to play where I can make an impact,” Green said. “(Nebraska-Kearney) has been interested in me for a while. They brought me up on a visit, and I’ve been there before, but the second time around I just liked it even more.
“It is a good place for me with it being close to home. The facilities are really nice. And their offense is a good fit for me. It plays to my strengths.”
Green said the initial plan is to redshirt him his freshman year before allowing him to compete for the starting job in his second.
Last year, Nebraska-Kearney had seven wins and won the Mineral Water Bowl. Its dual-threat QB, former Widefield standout TJ Davis, rushed for 1,177 yards and 16 TDs. He threw for 861 yards and nine scores.
With the help and support of my friends, parents, and coaches, I have decided to verbally commit to the University Of Nebraska Kearney!! Thank you to everyone who helped me make this decision! @thatchercoach @UNKCoachRuss @CoachJoshLynn @Warriors_of_FHS pic.twitter.com/G766Db3Rus
— Jacob Green (@jpgreen2222) January 26, 2020
Green wasn’t the only area player to announce a football commitment via twitter over the last week.
Fairview’s Landon Colvin, who was named to BoCoPreps’ first-team defense as a linebacker, said he committed to the University of San Diego on Thursday. As a senior, he was credited with 114 tackles, and also nabbed first-team league honors as an offensive lineman.
On his Twitter, he’s credited at 6-2, 225 pounds and as a linebacker/defensive end. His GPA is listed at 4.11.
COMMITTED 🌴🌴 pic.twitter.com/jo4teykbMz
— Landon Colvin (@LandonColvin87) January 31, 2020
Silver Creek’s Caleb Sedegan said he’s headed to CSU-Pueblo. The 6-4, 225-pound player was listed as a wide receiver, defensive end and linebacker for the Raptors last season. On the graphic in his announcement, he listed tight end as his position.
I want to thank my parents, my family, teammates, and coaches for supporting me throughout high school. I am excited and honored to commit to CSU-Pueblo. I am ready to join the Pack in the quest for National Championships. @warriorqbcoach @SRaptorfootball @CoachWristen pic.twitter.com/YvJcj4ytJe
— Caleb Sedegan (@CalebSedegan) January 25, 2020
Teammate Cole Riters said he is headed to the University of Western Colorado. The wide receiver/safety was twice named first-team in conference and in the BoCoPreps region. In his tweet, he added that he’s excited to again play with his brother Trevor Riters, a 2018 Silver Creek grad.
Officially going to be a Mountaineer! Thank you to all my Coaches and teammates I’ve had throughout the years. I’m excited to get a chance to play with my brother again! @riters_trevor pic.twitter.com/duN4HQO5Gq
— Cole Riters (@cole_riters) January 25, 2020
Broomfield’s Tyler Carpenter said he committed to Chadron State College. The 6-3, 285-pound lineman was a big piece to the Eagles’ run to the Class 4A state title game. He was part of the team’s powerful front that helped Caden Peters nab the 2019 rushing title, running for 2,637 yards. He’s also ranked No. 2 in 4A at heavyweight in wrestling according to Tim Yount’s On the Mat Rankings.
I’ve decided to commit to Chadron State College to play football at the next level. I’d like to thank @CoachJayLong and @coachgeil_csc for the great visit last weekend. I’d also like to thank @CoachHubb2 and @BHSEAGLE for helping me through this whole process. Go Eagles!🦅 pic.twitter.com/wWEaFEPBkh
— Tyler Carpenter (@TCarp6868) January 26, 2020
The race for the girls’ FRL title
Broomfield, Fairview and Fossil Ridge remain undefeated in league play as the calendar flips to February. The league crown may very well come down to this: The Eagles visit the Knights Feb. 7, then are at the Sabercats on the 14th. Fairview hosts Fossil Ridge on the 18th.
Thursday, Broomfield beat Mountain Range for its fifth straight win. The current roll has Courtney Wristen, averaging 15 points and 9.5 boards per game, looking like a BoCoPreps player of the year candidate. And it also has seen strong play from the bench, where Brooke Pennington, Hayley Ventura and Jaylene Young have provided a nice spark.
Hard fought win on the road against a really scrappy opponent! 4th quarter is for closers! 56-46 over Mountain Range. 6-0 in league play and now 5 straight wins!
— BHS Girls Basketball (@eaglegirlsbball) January 31, 2020
Since its last loss — a blowout at the hands of Mountain Vista on Jan. 11 — coach Mike Croell said urgency has gone up.
“We understand that we dug ourselves a bit of a hole in the land of RPI,” he said. “We lost a lot of really close games and now we finally got it through to the girls that, if you want to get a halfway decent seed in the land of RPI, you can’t keep losing.”
The Eagles are currently 18th in 5A RPI. The Knights are 17th and the Sabercats are sixth.
Fairview, meanwhile, has done well led by senior Izzy Munson (another worthy POY candidate). With the most points in the state this season, Munson crossed 1,000 career points earlier in the month, and through 17 games, she’s averaging 22.9 PPG. The 5-9 guard is committed to Emory University.
Friday, the Knights beat Legacy for their fifth win in six games.
Mackiewicz reaches 1,000
Also in that Legacy-Fairview game, Lightning senior Halle Mackiewicz crossed 1,000 career points. A congratulatory tweet was sent out late Friday from Legacy coach Jody Welch. Mackiewicz needed only 66 games to reach the milestone.
— Coach Jody Welch (@jodywelch42) February 1, 2020
Broomfield grad earns preseason honors
Walter Pennington, majoring in mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, was named a preseason first-team all-region pitcher by the National College Baseball Writers Association, per the school’s athletics page.
Pennington was the Orediggers’ ace a year ago, tying a program record with 10 wins in 14 starts. He had 93 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings (the program’s most ever in a season), sporting a 3.51 ERA.
Pennington was also named a preseason honorable mention All-American, per the school.
Blackburn snares another honor
Fairview’s Henry Blackburn was one of 18 seniors from around the state named a 2019 Colorado Chapter National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
Per a release sent out by CU’s associate athletic director/director of sports information David Plati: “One of the chapter’s primary goals is to recognize and honor the top high school football student-athletes in the state – young men who have distinguished themselves on the field, in the classroom and in extracurricular and community activities where leadership abilities are displayed.”
Blackburn is committed to Colorado State.