Spring sports notebook: Season D in full gear, weather issues notwithstanding

Silver Creek High School swimmer Pierce ...
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Silver Creek High School swimmer Pierce Bigelow warms up before a meet against Greeley West on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Longmont, Colo.

One can barely count on two hands the number of sports that are transpiring right now in the coverage area.

Thanks to Boulder football’s run to the Season C state championship for Class 5A, plus volleyball state tournament berths for Mead and Prospect Ridge, there are 10 sports currently active with the start of all Season D athletics in the area, too.

Busy times, indeed — and so unlike May of 2020.

While the Panthers’, Mavericks’ and Miners’ Season C teams will no doubt perform admirably in their upcoming state tournaments, some schools are already pretty deep into their Season D schedules — meaning there’s a solid baseline to tackle some of the goings-on in baseball, girls soccer, lacrosse, boys swimming and the like.

The Broomfield area is ruling baseball right now, with Legacy, Prospect Ridge and Broomfield all smoking hot to start the season. In lacrosse, it’s the Monarch boys and Fairview girls teams lighting up the scoreboard and making waves. Silver Creek’s girls soccer team stood among the giants in the Class 5A standings — you read that right — at 2-0 before Monday’s games.

Here’s a deeper look at how well some teams and individuals have fared out of the gates.

A fair statement

Take notice, as the Fairview girls lacrosse team traveled down to Cherry Creek last Wednesday at Stutler Bowl and put a hurting on the Bruins, 11-6. Isabela Bloomquist notched four goals, Allie Hartrman added three, and the Knights got 11 saves from junior Thayer Hubbard in the win. With the elite five-time defending champ Colorado Academy still idle last week, the Knights surged ahead to a No. 1 Class 5A ranking in Monday’s coaches poll.

Elsewhere in lacrosse, Monarch  stomped Mullen, 15-3, last Wednesday to vault into the top-12 Class 5A rankings on the boys side. Seniors Kevin McMahon and Andrew Frey combined for nine goals in the win. Dawson and Boulder netted opening-night wins last week, as well.

Silver Creek looking golden

Other than Skyline, Silver Creek girls soccer will not face a Class 5A opponent all season yet are attempting to shake up the classification. So far, so good — as the Raptors are one of seven 5A teams at 2-0 (joining stalwarts Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista and Grandview among others).

Coach Rob Johnson’s squad  has not allowed a goal while scoring 11 total, while Annika Kassenbrock already has five goals and three assists to her name which is good for fourth among all scorers in Colorado so far.

It’s steady as she goes for some of the traditional powers locally, too, as Broomfield, Fairview, Legacy, Monarch and Boulder are at .500 or better.

A Broomfield thing?

Of the 20 baseball programs in the area, 14 have already claimed wins in the week the sport has been active (Mead and Skyline have yet to play). But in early outcomes so far, the Broomfield-area teams are showing big with Broomfield, Legacy and Holy Family combining to go 6-0 and Prospect Ridge adding a 3-1 mark to that total.

Legacy joined the 5A coaches poll this week having knocked around Valor Christian, Bear Creek and Ralston Valley to the tune of 38 total runs. Three players — Cole Walker, Brandon Sanchez and Landon Sehr already contributing at least 5 RBIs apiece — and the Lightning have a on-base percentage near .500 (.496).

Broomfield is 2-0 on the strength of one-run victories against ThunderRidge and Legend; Holy Family blanked Summit in Saturday’s season opener; and Prospect Ridge won three of four with help from a .393 team batting average and Justin Huffman’s 26 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Of note, Frederick is also 3-0 with gritty wins over Berthoud, Niwot and Thompson Valley. The Warriors’ Cruz Zamudio has four extra-base hits to his name already.

Way-too-early measuring sticks

Times and distances are all relative in track and field as well as boys swimming, simply because it’s typical to see better results much later in the season as individuals are gearing up for league and state events. That said, a few individuals have already made impressive marks that may change the course of their seasons.

Per MaxPreps entries, Niwot’s Zane Bergen and Legacy’s Ryan Montera are 2-3 in Colorado’s 3,200-meter run rankings with Bergen throwing down a 9:24.84 at Saturday’s Erie Tiger Invitational and Montera running 9:25.33; Peak to Peak’s Aidan Graziano has top-15 times in both the 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles; and Longmont’s Eddie Kurjak tops the early board in high jump (6 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (45-4.25).

Also in track and field, Holy Family’s Skylar Hawk established solid top-5 times in the 200 (25.82, 2nd in Colorado) and 400 (58.23, 3rd); Madison Shults of Niwot is tops in the 800 (2:16.77); The Cougars’ Lucca Fulkerson is No. 1 in the 3,200 (10:50.51); and Niwot’s Kimora Northrup is No. 1 in the 300 hurdles (44.31).

Silver Creek’s Pierce Bigelow started his swim season with a bang, going 1:48.56 in the 200-yard freestyle in a dual against Greeley West that stands sixth in the state; Monarch’s Luke Corson already broke 50-seconds in the 100 free (49.29 seconds, 9th); and Fairview’s Joseph Lev-Tov broke 5 minutes in the 500 (4:58.41, 6th).