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Silver Creek High School's Megan Sotiroff (No. 10) spikes the ball in the game against Greeley Central High School in Longmont on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Silver Creek High School’s Megan Sotiroff (No. 10) spikes the ball in the game against Greeley Central High School in Longmont on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Team Outlook

Class 5A

Front Range League

Teams and trends: Broomfield, Boulder, Fairview, Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge, Horizon, Legacy, Loveland, Monarch, Poudre and Rocky Mountain. Broomfield and Fort Collins tied for second in league last year, just two games behind undefeated Fossil Ridge. Broomfield won the league a year earlier.

Season C league leaders: Kills — Sophie Buschmann, Broomfield (149), Ainsley Duffield, Boulder (116); assists — Macy Mahoney, Broomfield (421), Emma Pfouts, Boulder (283); aces — Emma Winter, Broomfield (33), Buschmann (28); blocks — Alynna Haggadone, Legacy (33), Cailea Caiozzi, Legacy (28); digs — Kennedy Nelson, Broomfield (159), Gabi Brown, Boulder (151).

Numbers game: Broomfield led the BoCoPreps area FRL teams by flouting a strong offense as well as a strong defense. Some of the top stats leaders across the five local FRL teams will return for another season, namely Buschmann, Duffield, Mahoney, Winter, Haggadone, Caiozzi and Nelson, meaning these teams will still be packed with talent leading into the fall season.

Boulder Panthers

Coach: Kyle Rhatigan

The Scorecard: The Panthers will rely on core senior leadership from OH Ainsley Duffield, S Jordan Warner and MB Amelie Gentry. “Transfer Sophia Matarrese will be a huge addition to our program,” Rhatigan said. “Ainsley Duffield will be one of the best all-around players in the region and looks to be at the top of 5A in kills. Amelie Gentry will be unstoppable at the net if we can have strong ball control. Jordan Warner should be at the top of the state in assists as she finishes up her fourth year on varsity.”

Broomfield High School’s Emma Winter (No. 6) dives to keep the ball in play against Fairview High School in Broomfield on Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Broomfield Eagles

Coach: Bob Knox

The Scorecard: The Eagles enjoyed a successful Season C schedule during the last school year as they recorded six losses en route to nine wins. They finished second in league behind undefeated Fossil Ridge, an effort that earned them a spot at the Class 5A Region 5 tournament, where they ultimately struggled against top competition in Cherry Creek and Valor Christian. Broomfield brings back a strong core of players after graduating just four seniors last year and will look to do more damage in the FRL.

Fairview Knights

Coach: Lauren Ollanik

The Scorecard: The Knights struggled to get their footing in a tough Front Range League last season but will enjoy plenty of varsity experience for the upcoming schedule as seven girls will bring their talents back. Senior OH Devyn Berg and senior MB Kailey Page will step into leadership roles. “From the first few practices, I can tell we are a team that works well together on the court,” Ollanik said. “After an extremely challenging season for our players (both on and off the court due to injuries, tragedy in our community with the King Soopers shooting, multiple quarantines, etc.), we are excited to work hard as a team to achieve success.”

Legacy Lightning 

Coach: Lora Faust

The Scorecard: The Lightning struggled to find their footing in the FRL but will bring back all but one of their varsity players from the previous year. They’ll look for senior leadership from S Cailea Caiozzi, OH/MB Lauren Waller and OH Kayla Dayhuff, as well as junior MH Alynna Haggadone. Every single returner from Season C will be an upperclassman.

Monarch Coyotes 

Coach: Jennifer Dixon

The Scorecard: The Yotes return senior leadership in OH Sophie Kubiak, OH Carolyn Jewett, MB Julia Jupille and junior OH/RS Mia Prater. “Our team is super excited for this season with our strong returning players that have a ton of experience at the varsity level,” Dixon said. “We also have three sophomore players that will be joining our roster who will see playing time. We have a great group of players that are able to find the balance of working hard while having fun!”

Class 5A/4A

NCAA League

Teams and trends: Centaurus, Erie, Greeley Central, Greeley West, Holy Family, Longmont, Mead, Silver Creek, Skyline and Windsor. Mead ran away with the league title last season and finished second the year prior despite having a dominant showing in the now-defunct Tri-Valley League.

Season C league leaders: Kills — Maggie Olson, Erie (2020), Quincey Coyle, Mead (209); assists — Hailee Martinez, Mead (702), Madison Jonason, Longmont (412); aces — Martinez (48), Coyle (48); blocks — Beau Parham, Centaurus (61), Bridget Kusbel, Longmont (56); digs — Lauren Steidl, Mead (228), Madison Forss, Holy Family (165).

Numbers game: In a league as competitive as the NCAA, Mead stood out among a field of other equally-talented teams. The Mavericks posted an 8-1 league mark while second-place Erie, Windsor and Longmont only managed 5-3. The league will have plenty of returning stat leaders in Olson, Coyle, Jonason, Kusbel and Forss.

Centaurus Warriors 

Coach: C.J. Rabinowitz

The Scorecard: The Warriors struggled to find their groove during the spring season earlier this year and will be working with a brand new varsity squad in the fall. They return just two experienced varsity players in senior S Molly Monroe and senior L/DS Evelyn Romine.

Erie Tigers 

Coach: Lindsey Brown

The Scorecard: The Tigers welcome back the top skills of senior OH Lindsey Sebesta, junior OH Rowan Ramsey and senior OH/S Maggie Olson, who made the All-Conference list as well as All-State Honorable Mention. They look to build off last season’s 9-6 campaign that ended at regionals. “We are very excited to get back to a ‘normal’ season,” Brown said. “We have great senior leadership and we are working hard on and off the court.”

Holy Family Tigers

Coach: Jenna Gallas

The Scorecard: The Tigers boast a large roster for the 2021 fall season and will bring back plenty of varsity experience as just three seniors left them after last year. They’ll look to continue their success on the court as they try to qualify for the state tournament, a goal which fell just short in Season C. Holy Family faced an uphill battle at its Class 4A Region 2 Tournament, where it had to go face to face at Cheyenne Mountain and against Weld Central. The Tigers split those matches but couldn’t qualify for the big stage. They’ll look for guidance from senior OH Anna Hodell, senior L/DS Madison Forss, senior MB Makenna Bertch and sophomore OH Allie Ward.

Longmont Trojans

Coach: Holli Stetson

The Scorecard: The Trojans will rely on strong leadership from a number of top returners: seniors, OH Emily Foraker, MB Bridget Kusbel,  RS Morgan Watts, S Madison Jonason, OH Shea Cunningham, DS Molly DeSwarte, L Sophie Cooley and junior DS/OH Malia Hendricks. “We are excited for the start of fall season and always look forward to being in the gym with our players. With lots of experience coming back we are looking forward to our 2021 season,” Stetson said. “With a focus on team concepts and communication, we feel we have the experience to do well this season.”

Mead Mavericks

Coach: Mikayla Martinez

The Scorecard: The Mavericks enter the 2021 fall season riding a bit of a high after playing their way to the Class 4A state title game as a No. 5 seed. Though the Mavericks ultimately fell 3-1 to sixth-seeded Palmer Ridge, they put together quite the campaign to get there as they finished their season 13-4. They’ll bring back top talent in seniors Quincey Coyle and Morgan Munro, who collectively earned 353 kills last season. “I am very excited for this year,” Martinez said. “I think we have some good talent that is returning and some great talent coming in so I believe that we will be a solid team.”

Silver Creek Raptors

Coach: John Miller

The Scorecard: The Raptors return a nice mix of athletes, both new and experienced. They bring back top performers in senior OH Megan Sotiroff, senior S Hannah Williamson, junior S Rachel Mau, senior MB Stella Starcka and senior OH Kaylynn Wolff. Silver Creek will look to bounce back after a tough Season C slate last spring, in which it finished 3-7. “I’m very excited to be back in the gym working with these girls and seeing them grow and blossom right before my eyes,” Miller said. “We have several new players who are playing new positions, but I am confident that we will be fun to watch.”

Skyline Falcons

Coach: Susan Karimi

The Scorecard: Skyline brings back senior experience with S Erin Elwood, RS Maya Nagell, OH Sydney Caquelin and MH Taryn Caquelin. Karimi believes the ladies will come back stronger after last season’s disjointed schedule. “We have a huge senior class that will help provide leadership and discipline to our program that experienced a strong freshman showing this year for tryouts,” she said. “We struggled with COVID and quarantines during the latter half of the spring season so the girls are anxious to play again this fall.”

Class 4A/3A

Longs Peak League

Teams and trends: Berthoud, Fort Morgan, Frederick, Mountain View, Niwot, Northridge, Riverdal Ridge, Roosevelt, Severance and Thompson Valley. Niwot and Thompson Valley led the league pack last year as each team finished with an 8-1 record. Frederick wasn’t far behind as the Warriors boasted an 8-2 league mark.

Season C stat leaders: kills — Kinley Lindhardt, Frederick (193), Zoe Gibbs, Niwot (156); assists — Ashley Livingston, Frederick (458), Angie Xu, Niwot (394); aces — Livingston (45), Delaney Frank, Frederick (28); blocks — Kenna Tarnowski, Frederick (44), MacKenzie Demmel, Niwot (37); digs — Varshini Panuganti, Niwot (234), Kendal Rivera, Frederick (228).

Numbers game: Niwot managed to stay near the top of an ultra-competitive league in which the top five teams played closely against one another. The Cougars’ 8-1 record barely outpaced that of Frederick, but Berthoud and Fort Morgan didn’t lag far behind. Lindhardt, Gibbs, Livingston, Xu, Frank, Demmel and Panuganti are all coming back for another season.

Frederick Warriors

Coach: Suzanne Robison

The Scorecard: The Warriors enjoyed a strong Season C showing as they secured 13 wins and just three losses. They’ll welcome back three starters in senior OH Kinley Lindhardt, senior S Ashley Livingston and junior OH Katelin Sindelar. “We are excited for a full 23 game season.  The last year has been rough but the girls have learned so much about themselves and their teammates,” Robison said. “We are also excited that we have added some height in the middle. With a competitive conference, we look to compete and challenge anyone that we can.”

Niwot Cougars

Coach: Daisha Agho

The Scorecard: The Cougars enjoyed a strong Season C showing last school year, going 11-4. Their success, however, ended at regionals when eventual 4A champion Palmer Ridge snuffed out their flame. They bring back veteran leadership with senior OH/MB Zoe Gibbs, senior RS Morgan Daugherty, junior L Varshini Panuganti and junior MB Grace Demmel. “This season is very promising,” Agho said. “These girls have worked really hard all summer together and I am excited to see that hard work pay off this season.”

Class 3A

Metro League

Teams and trends: Bishop Machebeuf, Colorado Academy, Faith Christian, Jefferson Academy, Kent Denver, Lutheran, Manual, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge Academy, SkyView Academy, St. Mary’s Academy and Stargate School. Prospect Ridge Academy excelled in the league competition last season, finishing 9-2 and managing second behind Lutheran. Peak to Peak and Jefferson Academy finished the season in the middle of the pack.

Season C stat leaders: kills — Sierra Leopold, Prospect Ridge (162), Bella Heinmiller, Prospect Ridge (132); assists — Addie Freedle, Prospect Ridge (266), Sophia Renner, Jefferson Academy (184); aces — Kenna DeKloe, Prospect Ridge (37), Ella Young, Prospect Ridge (29); blocks — Leopold (50), Jessica Franson, Jefferson Academy (41); digs — Sarah MacLaughlan, Peak to Peak (247), Heinmiller (162).

Numbers game: The three BoCoPreps area teams had a hard time keeping up with some of the league’s top teams last year, but still held their own by finishing middle of the pack in a big conference. The league brings back top local talent in Renner, DeKloe, Young and MacLaughlan.

Jefferson Academy Jaguars

Coach: Kyrie Adams

The Scorecard: The Jaguars finished over .500 in the spring as they collected a final 5-4 record. They’ll boast a fairly new team during the upcoming season after graduating eight seniors and returning no upperclassmen above the junior level.

Peak to Peak Pumas

Coach: TBD

The Scorecard: While the Pumas still continue their head coaching search as the season starts to gear up, they’ll rely on the leadership of the nine returning players that graced their varsity roster last year. Peak to Peak saw success above the .500 mark as it completed its schedule with a 5-4 record. Seniors in L Sarah MacLaughlan, RS Grace Langlois, DS Cecile Stone and MH Elizabeth Boian will lead the charge.

Prospect Ridge Academy Miners

Coach: Rachel Renville

The Scorecard: The Miners return from a successful spring that saw them earning a bid to the Class 3A state tournament while also boasting an impressive 14-2 record. They bring back a strong core of upperclassmen, including senior MB Elizabeth Rooks, junior L Ella Young, senior DS Kacie Ruud and junior S Kenna DeKloe. “I’m very excited for the season,” Renville said. “We have room for a lot of growth but are grounded by several upperclassmen with experience.”

Class 3A/2A/1A

Mile High League

Teams and trends: Clear Creek, Dawson School, Dayspring Christian Academy, Denver Academy, Denver Christian, Front Range Christian, Gilpin County, Heritage Christian, Highland, Longmont Christian, Loveland Classical, Lyons, Nederland, Twin Peaks Charter Academy and Union Colony Prep. Dawson School competed well in Season C as the Mustangs finished third in a large conference with a 9-3 record.

Season C stat leaders: kills — Dagney Javes, Dawson School (158), Nicole Scribner, Dawson School (103); assists — Angelina Sala, Dawson School (376), Avery Joy, Lyons (78); aces — Javes (35), Sala (35); blocks — Javes (32), Kayla Valente, Lyons (22); digs — Scribner (134), Sala (104).

Numbers game: Dawson School held its own amid tough league competition and far outpaced other local schools in the Mile High matches. The Mustangs graduated their court stars in Dagney Javes and Angelina Sala. Lyons will welcome back Valente, but most of the local top performers graduated after Season C.

Dawson School

Coach: Brandy Martin

The Scorecard: The Mustangs found success in Season C, going 10-5 and 9-3 in league. They welcome back junior MB/RS Sydney Javes, senior DS/S Issy Richardson and senior OH America Cordero. “I am super excited about our upcoming season,” Martin said. “We lost six starting seniors last year and will be starting new this year. The returning players and new players are motivated to work hard, learn more about volleyball and have a positive experience this season. I feel super fortunate to have the opportunity to coach and we are grateful to have a season and play the sport we love.”

 

Lyons Lions

Coach: Sarah Steele

The Scorecard: The Lions finished the delayed 2021 spring season with a 4-10 record but will bring back a strong core after graduating only five seniors. This year, that senior leadership will fall on utility player Murren Campbell, DS/MB Kasey Knapp, MH Kayla Valente, utility player Hailey Odell, DS/OH Mila Faubus and RS/MH Hannah Snow.

Nederland Panthers

Coach: Kayla Knapp

The Scorecard: The Panthers fielded an extremely young roster during Season C and will no doubt enjoy the added experience of the freshmen having a condensed season of high school volleyball under their belts. They’ll rely on sophomore S M.J. Jarril and junior MB Elise Brodsky. “I am very excited for this season,” Knapp said. “The team is relatively new, and they are hungry to play and continue to learn every day. Nederland is tiny, but mighty! Our goal is to change the attitude around sports at Nederland, and build a strong volleyball team this season and the years to come.”

Twin Peaks Timberwolves

Coach: Hailey Rehage

The Scorecard: The Timberwolves welcome a new head coach in Rehage this year as she helps them navigate a large, three-classification league as one of the smaller schools on the block. They managed to collect two wins amid stiff competition last year but will return seven of nine players from that roster to help guide them into their new slate, including senior S/RS Elyse Hughes.