There was no March Madness last month.
Marble racing is thriving, though. Pick your shade of blue and the winner could be you … it’s not ideal.
As the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus continue to reshape modern society, the absence of sports — at least conventional ones — have left a major void in American culture, and as a result, athletes and fans have been forced to find their competitive fix elsewhere.
So whether it’s off to a place that almost feels like sports (where working out in a basement and watching professional athletes compete over video games is quality quarantine entertainment) or a blast to the past to relive classic games and lasting achievements, this is the normal for now.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” aired its first two episodes to 6.1 million viewers, setting the bar in nostalgia points during this stay-at-home period. BoCoPreps.com (to likely a slightly smaller viewership) will continue to take a stab at it, too.
Here is a timeline of a few memorable regular-season performances from the 2019 fall season from athletes in the area. We will follow up with winter performances later this week.
Aug. 29, 2019 — Broomfield’s Bryna Kapelke blast two homers, five RBIs (softball)
Kapelke was a monster from the plate all season for the Eagles, hitting .506 with 36 runs driven in. During an 8-5 victory over Dakota Ridge, she went 4-for-4 with a double, two homers and five RBIs. The next day, she continued her perfect streak from the plate, going 3-for-3 in a win over Brighton with three more RBIs and another homer.
Aug. 30 — Silver Creek’s Maddie Kuehl dominates in bounce-back win (softball)
Kuehl struck out 16 in seven innings in a one-hit win over Windsor. The pitcher was coming off what would be the worst outing of her year, allowing nine earned runs in a loss to Broomfield.
Aug. 31 — Erie’s Madysun Vaughan homers for an eighth straight game (softball)
Vaughan made it a perfect 8-for-8. Eight homers in the first eight games of the season. The final during the stretch came in a 13-6 win over Douglas County. The Tigers went on to win the 4A state title.
Sept. 5 — Frederick’s Zane Doehring scores five times (boys soccer)
The team’s leading scorer had five goals and an assist in a 7-1 win over Conifer. The sophomore ended up scoring 20 goals — 50 percent of his team’s goal count — and had 13 assists.
Sept. 10 —Silver Creek’s Alex Sands records another shutout against high-powered Skyview (boys soccer)
Sands put together his third straight shutout coming in a scoreless draw against Skyview. In the latter, he had seven saves over 100 minutes in net. He was the only goalie in the state to blank the Wolverines, who went on to win the 4A state title.
Sept. 16— Fairview’s Ryder Heuston holds on to win league championship (boys golf)
Heuston shot 2-under 70 at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville to hold on to win the Front Range League season title. A few weeks later, he helped lead the Knights to a 5A state title.
Sept. 17 — Silver Creek’s Caitlin Volkmann goes for 31 kills (volleyball)
Volkmann absolutely crushes kills — and had 1,316 in her high school career. On this date, she had a season-high 31 kills and six aces in a five-set win over Niwot. It was her most kills since she had 35 in a loss to Ponderosa in last year’s state tournament.
Sept. 26 — Niwot’s Neil Wilcox doesn’t drop a game for fifth time during the regular season (boys tennis)
Wilcox, who went on to win the 4A No. 1 singles title, beat Greeley Central’s Tate Sedinger 6-0, 6-0. It was the fifth 6-0, 6-0 win of his season, per MaxPreps.
Sept. 27 — Niwot’s Samrawit Dishon goes 17:08 in Arizona (cross country)
That mark landed the eventual state champ in third at one of the nation’s most prestigious fall cross country meets, the Nike Desert Twilight XC Festival. She’ll run at New Mexico next season.
Sept. 28 — Fairview’s No. 4 doubles team rallies to beat Kent Denver (boys tennis)
The Knights’ duo of Owen Hushka and Andrew Yonan came back to beat Kent Denver 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the Sun Devils’ tune-up tournament before regionals.
Oct. 7 — Boulder’s Gabi Brown lays out for 40 digs (volleyball)
Albeit in a loss, Brown showed grit with 40 digs — 40! — in a five-set defeat to Greeley West. The junior had 452 digs in the fall.
Oct. 17 — Frederick’s Jake Green throws for four TDs and runs over 200 yards (football)
Green ended up with 537 yards of total offense — 306 through the air and 231 on the ground in a win over Holy Family. He was 19-of-27 with four passing TDs and had an 83-yard run as part of his giant day on the ground.
Oct. 25 — Legacy’s Hunter O’Connor mauls Fossil Ridge (football)
The defensive end had three sacks, three tackles for loss and forced a safety in a 36-0 win over the Sabercats. O’Connor had 15.5 sacks during the fall.
Nov. 2 —Skyline’s Chase Silva throws for five TDs for second time (football)
Silva threw for five touchdowns in the first game of the year against Westminster and then again against Fort Collins, where he totaled 385 yards through the air.
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