Ten spring athletes we want to see

Brad Cochi, Brandon Boles and Brent W. New discuss

Broomfield High School's Mallory Mooney on ...
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Broomfield’s Mallory Mooney

As we continue to wait for the high school spring sports season, the staff picked out 10 athletes we’re excited to see when and if games and events resume this school year.

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced this week that the season has been suspended until April 18, at the earliest, due to the advance of the coronavirus. Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green then sent a letter out to schools Thursday citing that the situation continues to be fluid.

If the spring season does return, on slate will be baseball, girls golf, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming, girls tennis and track and field. Brad Cochi, Brandon Boles and Brent W. New discuss the athletes they want to see from them.

Alexis Bernthal, Jr., Fairview (girls tennis): Bernthal won every set as a sophomore to snag the Class 5A No. 2 singles title. If the season comes back, and if she returns as the team’s ace, it’ll be intriguing to see how her game translates against the top girls in the state. On one hand, the competition goes way up. But for how dominating she was — winning EVERY SET? I’m thinking she’ll be a force. (New)

Ty Brache, Sr., Monarch (lacrosse): Brache, a commit to play at Army, was an anchor for the Coyotes on defense and helped the team win a share of the Front Range League title in 2019. Monarch is set to have a strong defensive back line this spring, which may push them to the top of the Front Range League standings again and to help them with a tough schedule they were set to play against. (Boles)

Taylor James, Jr., Niwot (track and field): At last year’s state track and field championships, she won individual titles in the 200, 400 and set a 4A meet record in the 800. She also won gold in the 1,600 relay. James is the kind of athlete we’ll be seeing on podiums long after high school and count me in to watching her legacy grow. (New)

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Jefferson Academy’s Brooklynn Kirkpatrick

Brooklynn Kirkpatrick, Sr., Jefferson Academy (girls soccer): The goalkeeper anchored a Jefferson Academy defense that allowed just eight goals last season and led the Jaguars back to the Class 3A state title game. She had 14 shutouts on the season and a 0.445 goals against average. Her senior season would be something to see, especially if she could lead the reigning runners-up to their third straight title match appearance. (Cochi)

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Lukas Miller of Legacy.

Lukas Miller, Sr., Legacy (boys swimming): It sure would be fun to see what times Miller could post before heading off to continue his swimming career at North Carolina State. After all, he did set the fastest 200 freestyle time for a boys swimmer in Colorado with a 1:35.62 at the Front Range League meet last season. (Cochi)

Mallory Mooney, Sr., Broomfield (girls soccer): Mooney was our girls soccer player of the year last spring after scoring 22 goals. Talking to Eagles coach Jim Davidson afterward, he said “we’re going to ask her to up that load and score even more” in what would be this season. And if that’s still the case, Mooney, who proved a magician with the ball last year, should have a few more tricks up her sleeve. (New)

Trace Norwell, Sr., Holy Family (boys lacrosse): Holy Family boys lacrosse had a solid first season with a varsity team, as the Tigers finished just under .500 with a 7-8 season record. After leading the Tigers to the postseason in 2019 while scoring 35 goals, it would be fun to see Norwell try to top that while the Tigers attempted to make their way in the Northern League. (Cochi)

Isaac Roberts, Sr., Lyons (track and field): We know how good Roberts and the team at Lyons is in distance running, evident by the cross country team sweeping individual and team titles in Class 2A this fall. That translates to success in the spring for track. Roberts won the 3,200 meter run but lost the 1,600 meter run by one-half of a second last season, and he is looking to sweep both events. He also helped the 3,200 relay team take home a state title and could be instrumental in that event again. (Boles)

Hailey Schalk, Sr., Holy Family (girls golf): Schalk made history last year becoming the third athlete in girls golf in Colorado to win three state titles in her career. This year was a chance to come out on top as the best to ever do it in the sport if she could win her fourth title at the end of the year. Her season began winning the first Tri-Valley League tournament at Ute Creek Golf Course before the postponement of the spring season. (Boles)

Michael Wegleitner, Sr., Silver Creek (baseball): Netflix has this popular show called “Love is Blind”, where a bunch of people talk through a wall in some sideways speed dating session, then propose to get married before meeting face-to-face. It’s a terrible segue for talking baseball, and its stars, but here we are.  Last year, Wegleitner hit .500 with 28 RBIs and went 8-2 on the mound with a 2.38 ERA. Which is ridiculous … just like this show. (New)