Colorado’s beach volleyball scene? Flourishing, actually.
Forget the coast for a second — somewhere between the Rocky Mountains and the eastern plains, one of the sport’s shining prospects, Sophie Buschmann, finds enough sand to sink her toes.
“The good thing is there are enough indoor sand courts here,” the Broomfield junior said.
Buschmann’s recent verbal commitment to the University of Hawaii’s beach volleyball program signifies important growth for a sport seemingly predicated on beaches and sunshine.
Down in Arvada, however, Buschmann and volleyball players from around Colorado prepare at a year-round beach volleyball training center, aptly called The Lab. The facility takes interested players and places them with experienced coaches to develop collegiate recruits.
The Lab’s director, Mike Patton, said the sport has taken off over the past few years in the state due to magnified exposure at the junior level. And since, beach volleyball commits from around town continue to soar.
“You’d be amazed, especially in the adult scene there is so much interest here for beach volleyball,” he said. “We’d probably be in the top-four nationally for how much interest there is in beach volleyball. California being one, then Florida and Texas being the next two. But we’re right behind Texas as far as beach-volleyball crazy.”
Buschmann, who has 262 career kills, 259 digs and 45 aces in indoor volleyball career with the Eagles, heads to a national powerhouse in Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors have finished inside the top four in the country for four straight years.
Golf’s race in the Front Range League
Broomfield’s Kaden Jaramillo doesn’t want to know where he stands on the FRL leaderboard. So, for him — at least — this next blurb should be avoided.
“My coach asked me if I wanted to know where I stood and I simply told him, ‘No I’m good,’” Jaramillo said. “I’m just going to keep working and see where I’m at the end.”
For the less patient … through three league tournaments, the senior is just five shots back of Fossil Ridge’s Alex Rogers for the league’s individual lead. After his teammate, Sawyer Hyten, tied Rogers for the win at Thorncreek at 1-over 73 Tuesday, Jaramillo and Rogers shared the top spot Wednesday at Flatirons.
“I spent a lot of time working on my mental game and working on my confidence overall,” said Jaramillo, who has catapulted himself up among the top golfers in the state after taking 76th at 5A state a year ago. “It’s the small stuff. Like, you know what, you worked hard for four years and you belong here. And it’s time to show other people you’re here to stay.”
Per the FRL records, Rogers leads the league at 140 with two league tournaments remaining. Jaramillo is second at 145, teammate Ben Reifschneider is fourth at 149 and Monarch’s Caleb Michaels and Ian Henderson are tied for fifth at 150.
Fossil Ridge leads the team standings at 891 strokes. Monarch, led by sophomore sensation Michaels and junior Henderson, is second at 921. The Eagles are third at 929.
Boulder tennis continues to shine
The Panthers were 0-9 in duals in 2019.
They’re 3-0 so far in 2020.
Under second-year coach Nick Salazar, Boulder beat Broomfield and Dawson in consecutive duals 4-3 to start the season. Then on Tuesday, freshman ace Jackson Lewis improved to 2-1 with a two-set win in a dual against Horizon.
Salazar said before the season he wants to qualify for the 5A state tournament at every position. Last year, the Panthers only sent their 4-doubles team to Denver.
Fairview softball looking to bounce back from three-win season
The Knights have split their opening four games while averaging more than 10 runs scored and allowed (42 for and 44 against).
Seniors Kate Liston and Teagan Talbot McQueen each are hitting .500 and junior Alexandra Kruzel has already bombed two homers.
Last year, Fairview won its first two games of the year before ending on two separate 10-game losing streaks.
They’ll look to move above .500 at Rocky Mountain Tuesday.