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Boulder Valley update: Fairview’s Page garnering more interest

Broomfield softball surging to the top of FRL; Fairview tennis back on top

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Fairview’s Grant Page continues to rack up offers from Division I football programs all across the western United States.
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Even with football not up and running yet in Colorado, the offers continue to file in for Fairview standout Grant Page.

Over the last 12 days, the multitalented athlete with a three-star rating from 247Sports.com has announced offers from Nebraska, Kansas State and Washington State. Previously, Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State and Iowa State also offered the versatile receiver following his breakout sophomore season with the Knights.

The final decision will come down to “where I feel most at home,” said Page, who had 76 receptions for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. “I want to step foot on campus and just be like, ‘This is where I want to go’.”

How that all plays out, however, looks to be a ways away.

Page said he has not taken his out-of-state visits due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s going to be hard to pick a school if I can’t go out there for a while,” he said. “That’s tough. I’m not allowed to go visit these campuses because of the corona stuff. … But I’m just taking it one day at time and go from there.”

Page should be in store for another huge season with the Knights when he returns to field as a junior. Whether that’s this fall or spring depends on which start date the state will settle on.

Broomfield looking like a contender in 5A softball

The Eagles have picked up where they left off in 2019, surging to a dominant first month to this makeshift fall season.

Coming into the weekend, last year’s 5A quarterfinalist was clubbing its opposition with a .414 batting average and 1.81 ERA through a perfect 9-0 start.

Senior Kenzi Garner won her first six starts and heads the rotation with a 2.20 ERA over 35 innings. She also came into the weekend hitting over .500 — a feat shared by teammates Hadlee Reichert, Bryna Kapelke and Claire Comstock.

“You know we have seven seniors on this squad that are providing great leadership to the younger players,” Broomfield coach Kale Gilmore said. “They’re just a team that has been there before and show up and works hard every day. It’s just a focused group.”

Broomfield pitcher Breana Fiala throws a ...
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The Broomfield softball team will get a boost for playoffs with the return of Breana Fiala.

Adding to it, the Eagles just recently got back pitcher Breana Fiala, who adds another strong arm to a devastating rotation. Through her first two appearances, she’s allowed just one earned run over eight innings.

“We’re just trying to give all of our pitchers innings,” said Gilmore, who’s also gotten strong innings from Maycee Bricker (1.17 ERA over 12 innings) and Emmie Meeks (2.33 ERA in three frames). “Because of the format change in the state tournament — knock on wood that we get there —playing four games in one day, we’re going to need more than one arm to get us through that day.”

Fairview wins yet another Front Range League tennis championship

The Knights won their 13th straight league championship Friday. They finished with 90 points, Fossil Ridge was second at 77, Fort Collins third with 39 and Boulder fourth at 22.

Players will look to qualify for state at this week’s regional tournaments.

Broomfield’s Eich receives first Division-I offer

The first of likely many.

Matthew Eich — remember him? The guy who kicked the Eagles into the 4A state championship game with a 25-yard swish last November?

Thursday morning, he received his first D-I offer from the University of South Dakota.

“We’ve had a few phone calls in the past and stuff but this one was like we want you and stuff, and here’s what we’re going to offer you,” Eich said. “It was exciting. Division-I, that’s always exciting.”

Eich went 10-of-11 on field goal tries a season ago and made 40 of 42 of his PATs. His long in high school is 48 but he’s proven capable of hitting from as far as 60 — something he did on consecutive kicks in a video he recently posted to Twitter.

Eich is ranked a five-star kicker and a 4 1/2-star punter by Ray Guy’s Prokicker.com. He’s ranked as the 11th-best kicker in the 2021 class by prestigious kicking instructor Chris Sailer.

Softball teams climbing national rankings

Per MaxPreps’ national softball rankings last week, Mead was seventh out the St. Vrain, Broomfield was rated 23rd, Legacy was 41st and Holy Family 53rd.