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BoCoPreps spotlight: Frederick boys put on show Friday night

Longmont buzzer-beater, strong start from Holy Family diver lead Week 1 highlights

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Izayah Elize of Frederick, center, goes ...
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Frederick’s Izayah Elize, shown here during a game last February, scored 19 points as the Warriors put up a program record 101 points against Northridge on Friday night.

There likely wasn’t a hotter basketball team in the state of Colorado on Friday night than the Frederick boys.

The Warriors collectively hit 14 3-pointers on their way to a 101-31 win over Northridge. While a tremendous point total for a game so early in the season, it came one point short of the 102 points the FHS team scored in a game last season against Littleton that represents the program record.

Frederick was thrilled at its shooting performance and encouraged by a solid 2-0 start to the season. However, the Warriors also recognize that only three years ago they were a young team that went 1-22 and were themselves the victims of more than a few lopsided defeats.

“We just shot the ball unbelievably well and we got a lot of points in transition,” Frederick head coach Enoch Miller said. “We were just on fire. We’ve been on the other side of that and it’s not fun. I’m big on integrity and we talked about that at halftime and we did everything we could to try to play with sportsmanship and respect.”

The Warriors had 65 points at halftime. After that, Miller said they packed it in at the defensive end and played a 2-3 zone for the last 10 minutes of the game. They scored just two points in the last 3:30 of the game.

Junior guard J.J. Heil hit five 3-pointers and led the Warriors with 23 points. Senior Izayah Elize scored 19 points, senior Brayden Berringer had 17 and junior Bryce Conover had 15.

The Warriors hope to continue their hot shooting when they play Windsor, Class 4A’s fourth-ranked team in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll, on the road Wednesday.

Freshman Mary Kate Cavanaugh dives right into high school

In the Holy Family swim and dive team’s opening dual against Skyline on Tuesday, Tigers freshman Mary Kate Cavanaugh showed she’s more than ready for high school competition with an 11-dive score of 477.60. Though official state records can only be set at the state meet, Cavanaugh’s score would have been the highest since the 3A classification started in 2017.

Longmont boys beat Evergreen with Kurjak’s buzzer-beater

It may end up going down as the lowest-scoring game of the season. It definitely will be one of the most exciting finishes. In a matchup between two of 4A’s top 10 teams, No. 3 Longmont won 33-32 over No. 6 Evergreen and it took senior Eddie Kurjak’s scrambling two-point shot from the free throw line to seal the victory at the buzzer.

The Gryphon Trophy will remain at Broomfield for another year

In the annual crosstown rivalry basketball game between the Broomfield and Holy Family boys basketball teams, the Eagles and Tigers fight over the Gryphon Trophy. With a 52-42 win that was paced by senior Kevin McMahon’s 22 points, the Broomfield boys secured the contested prize for another year. It also marked the first time since 2015 that either team has kept the trophy for consecutive seasons.

Taylor Vandenburg comes out of the gates hot

Longmont Christian senior forward Taylor Vandenburg didn’t waste any time proving she’s one of the best players in Class 1A. Against Belleview Christian on Tuesday, she scored 27 points, while going 12-for-30 from the field.

Liam Gray will kick at the Division-I level

Holy Family kicker and wide receiver Liam Gray announced via Twitter on Friday that he has committed to play football at Coastal Carolina University. As a senior in Season A, Gray caught 23 passes for 503 yard and nine touchdowns. More known as one of Colorado’s top kickers, he was 36-for-36 on point-after attempts and 5-for-6 on field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards.