It didn’t take long for Jefferson Academy girls soccer to climb in the Class 3A rankings.
Three weeks into their 2021 schedule, the top-ranked Jaguars have hardly skipped a beat as they’ve downed four opponents with relative ease and tied another 3A behemoth in No. 2 Kent Denver. Since that opening 1-1 match to the Sun Devils, they’ve also taken out No. 10 Prospect Ridge Academy (3-0 score), No. 13 Peak to Peak (4-0), No. 3 Colorado Academy (4-1) and St. Mary’s Academy (9-0). Colorado Academy was the No. 1 team before the Jaguars dethroned it.
In that relatively short time frame, nine Jaguars have scored for their team as sophomore forward Kate Runyon and senior midfielder/forward Maggie Hirsch lead the squad with five and four goals, respectively. Now, they’ll have to prepare to take on No. 15 Stargate at home on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Jefferson Academy made the 3A state championship in 2019 and would have been a contender in 2020 had the season not been completely wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elsewhere around the area:
Holy Family track sprinting into new season
Holy Family’s track and field team has competed just twice into the early Season D schedule, but the Tigers are already making their mark. They saw a number of top-10 finishes in their most recent meet, the Broomfield Shootout, on May 15.
Skylar Hawk sprinted to victory in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes — where she recorded gold-standard times of 12.73 seconds and 25.76 seconds, respectively — while also winning the 300 hurdles outright (45.58). Isabella Rossi took eighth in the 100 (13.50) as Lizzbeth Villalobos claimed the silver in the 200 (26.13). Kate Villalobos leapt to seventh in the 300 hurdles (51.58).
Each of the ladies’ relay teams earned top-10 marks: 400-meter relay (second, 50.55), 800 (eighth, 1:56.60 minutes), 1,600 (third, 4:17.22) and the 3,200 (third, 10:32.40).
Sheridan Darschewski set her sights on the heights with a 4-foot-6 in the high jump (seventh) as Mikayla Truong threw an 85-6 in the discus (ninth) and Kaylee McDonald launched to 28-8 in the shot put (ninth).
On the boys’ side, Grayson Arnold placed third in the 100 (11.38). Andrew Descalzo took eighth in the 800-meter run (2:08.34). The boys also saw tremendous success in the relays: 400 (first, 43.74), 1,600 (second, 3:37.08) and the 3,200 (second, 8:44.84). Brody Welch accounted for the Tiger boys’ other top-10 marks as he flung for third in shot put (46-6) and fourth in the discus (138-8).
Fairview boys lacrosse seeing early success
Season D has been kind to Fairview boys lacrosse.
The Knights began their 2021 slate on a bit of a downfall as they dropped their very first game to fourth-ranked Colorado Academy, 7-3. Since then, however, they’ve bounced back in a dominant fashion to defeat each of their next three opponents, starting with a tighter 9-5 win over No. 11 Monarch.
That early marquee victory — and the two double-digit wins that followed — have earned the Knights a No. 7 ranking in CHSAANow.com’s Class 5A coaches poll. Fairview took care of Dakota Ridge and Chatfield easily as they took the Eagles and Chargers out by 14-1 and 15-1 scores, respectively.
To date, the Knights have shared the scoring responsibility well as nine boys have already found the back of the net. Senior midfielder Liam O’Brien has led that pack with 14 goals of his own, followed by junior attacker Patrick Aber with eight.
Fairview heads to Mountain Range next for a 5 p.m. start on Monday.
Lyons baseball sees mixed results early
Lyons baseball has been making some noise early this year, but the Lions have seen mixed results in the first few weeks. In this week’s CHSAANow.com poll, the Lions have earned enough votes to sit just outside of the Class 2A top 10 as they more or less sit at No. 13 in the state.
They lost their first game of the season to 4A Fort Morgan, then bounced back nicely against teams that were more their speed and size. Lyons swept the next three teams it faced by relatively large margins. First, they defeated Peak to Peak 11-4 before moving on to take down Clear Creek — who is also receiving votes in the 2A poll — by a 7-2 score.
Arrupe Jesuit was no match for the Lions, who defeated the Generals 15-0. No. 6 Highland, however, proved to be too much as the Lions suffered their second setback of the season on Thursday, 9-5. Senior pitcher/shortstop Rafael Ruiz Jr. already owns a team-high 12 RBIs as he has carried his team through tough competition.
Next, they’ll head to Dayspring Christian Academy on Saturday morning.