Front Range League Tournament No. 4
At Coal Creek Golf Course: With a chuckle, Fairview junior Mathieu Zerwin said his team was a bit disappointed that he didn’t add to his hole-in-one count Tuesday.
“(Aces) boost confidence a lot. It’s almost like you miss the green a little bit and you get a little disappointed that it didn’t go in,” Zerwin said after shooting 10-over-par 82 at Coal Creek. “My whole team was disappointed that today I didn’t get a hole-in-one, so that was kind of funny.”
Oh, what an August it was for Zerwin anyway.
One of the many standouts inside a deep and balanced Front Range League, the junior recorded his second ace of the month last Thursday in a third-place finish at Thorncreek Golf Course.
Unlike his first-ever hole-in-one, though — which came exactly two weeks earlier at Broadlands Golf Course at the Broomfield Eagle Classic — he saw the latest one all the way into the cup.
About 144 yards away, he said, then a bounce and in.
The whole thing screamed of nostalgia.
“My dad did it when he was my age,” he said, referring to father and Fairview’s longtime coach, John Zerwin. “It was pretty much two weeks apart just like I did. I did it basically around the same age my dad did and the same time apart. So that’s pretty cool.”
Zerwin’s aces are just a pair of the highlights in a league where no player has had the sole spotlight for long.
Tuesday, a third different player — Fossil Ridge’s Ryan Markus — nabbed a top individual prize in league play as the SaberCats won their fourth straight team title.
Markus’ winning score of 4-under 68 was three strokes better than teammate Alex Rogers’ 71 as there have now been a total of seven under-par rounds throughout the first four league tournaments.
Team-wise, Fossil Ridge won for a fourth straight time and Monarch finished runner-up for the second time.
The fifth and final FRL tournament is expected at Harmony Club Sept. 14.
“We definitely play in a very competitive league and battle with all of them,” Monarch coach Geoff Findley said. “If you look at those standings, it’s all pretty close together.”
Findley’s rising squad is currently second to Fossil Ridge, which owns a 50-stroke lead. Tighter from there, Legacy is back two strokes of Monarch, Fairview is 16 strokes back of the Lightning, and Poudre and Broomfield follow closely behind that as they’re also within 100 strokes of the team lead.
Individually, 10 players are within 12 strokes of each other at the top. Fossil Ridge’s Rogers leads the way at 214, followed by Poudre’s Ryan Woodley (216), Fossil Ridge’s Austin Barry (219) and Rocky Mountain’s Logan Vandermerwe-Smith (219), who won the opening two league tournaments.
Also in that group are Legacy’s John McNabb (224), Fairview’s Sawyer Sales (224), Legacy’s Ben Cerretani (225) as well as Monarch’s Caleb Michaels (225), who led all area players with a third-place finish Tuesday.
“There is still so much more (Michaels) can accomplish on the golf course,” Findley said of his junior, who tied for 17th at the 5A state tournament a year ago. “We’re really just trying to work through the mental obstacles to really become a top-flight player.”
Broomfield 2, Legend 0
At Legend: Jack Metcalfe scored twice for the Eagles (2-1), who bounced back from a 5-0 home loss to Castle View last week with their second shutout in three games.
Broomfield opened the season with a 1-0 win over Cheyenne Mountain.
Boulder 3, Regis Jesuit 2
At Recht Field: Calvin Pielke had two goals off of headers as Boulder (3-0) went up by three goals before holding on against Regis Jesuit.
Pielke leads the team with five goals this fall.
Silver Creek 3, Air Academy 0
At Air Academy: Silver Creek (3-0) stayed perfect on the season, shutting out a second opponent in three games.
The Raptors host Fossil Ridge Thursday.
Prospect Ridge Academy 5, Colorado Springs Christian 0
At Mountain Lion Stadium: The Miners (3-0) moved their win streak to three games as they’ve now outscored opponents 11-2 this fall.
They host Dawson Thursday.
Peak to Peak 2, Colorado Academy 2 2OT
At Colorado Academy: The Pumas (2-2-1, 0-0-1 3A Metro) won for the first time since their season opener, netting even with Colorado Academy in its first league match of the fall.
Luke Crotty led the team with five goals coming into Tuesday.
Jefferson Academy 3, Centaurus 0
At Jefferson Academy: The Jaguars (2-0) have outscored teams 9-2 this fall.
Centaurus (2-1) had its two-game winning streak snapped after beating Steamboat Springs and Lewis-Palmer to open its season.
Legacy 8, Faith Christian 0 (Monday)
At Faith Christian: Junior Cooper Stephens recorded a hat trick, sending the Lightning (2-0) to a second straight win to open the fall.
Gael Hernandez added two goals in the win, while Andrew Minjarez, Lucas Montera and Jacob Scott also scored.
Legacy has outscored its first two opponents — Rangeview and Faith Christian — a combined 11-0.
Niwot 5, Skyview 1 (Monday)
At Skyview: Azael Marrufo is picking up where he left off last season for Niwot (2-0).
The senior recorded a hat trick in a win over Skyview and now has four goals this fall. Last season, he led the team with 11 goals as the Cougars reached the 4A semifinals.
Holy Family 10, Alameda 0 (Monday)
At Holy Family: The Tigers (2-1) played just one half against Alameda, beating the Pirates by mercy rule.
Joey Satriano had four goals and Jackson Ward had two.
Fairview 2, Mountain Vista 2 2OT (Saturday)
At Fairview: The 5A defending champ Knights (1-0-1) went to double overtime for a second straight game to open their season.
After beating Arvada West earlier in the month, Fairview couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and settled for a draw against the Golden Eagles.
It travels to Castle View Wednesday.
Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational (Saturday)
At Cherry Creek State Park: Erie’s Evan Kraus, who has the top three-mile time in the state in the 2021 season, won the boys’ invite in a 5K time of 15 minutes and 41 seconds and the Tigers finished third as a team.
Legacy’s Mia Mraz took second in the girls’ race in 18:15 as the Lightning took fifth.
D’Evelyn Dash (Saturday)
At D’Evelyn: Longmont’s Connor McCormick won the large school meet in 15 minutes and 13 seconds and teammate Andreas O’Malley took third in 15:47.
Erie 3, Horizon 2
At Horizon: Gracie Sackett allowed two runs in six sharp innings and Erie (8-1) rallied late to win its seventh straight game.
Matix Hull earned the save with a clean seventh.
Trailing 2-0, the Tigers got two runs in the sixth and the go-ahead run in the seventh. Ashlee Lovett, Gabby Gricius and Hull each drove in a run.
Holy Family 4, Windsor 3
At Windsor: 4A defending champ Holy Family (3-2) scored two runs in the seventh in rallying to beat Windsor in what was slated as a nonleague game.
Freshman Isabella Arroyo allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out seven. She now has 30 Ks in 22 1/3 innings and has yet to allow more than three runs in any of her four appearances this season.
Ava Kuszak, Abby Edwards and Annika Manzanares each had RBIs in the win.
Broomfield 12, Ralston Valley 2
At Broomfield: The Eagles (3-5) used a nine-run fourth for their second win in three games.
Maycee Bricker tossed six innings, allowing two runs — one earned — while striking out two. She also had three hits and two doubles.
Mead 11, Silver Creek 1
At Silver Creek: Joslynn Veltien allowed just one run over six strong innings and struck out 11 in Mead’s six inning win over Silver Creek.
Maddox Boston had three hits and drove in three for the Mavericks (4-5, 1-0 4A NCAC), while Adisyn Rademacher also had three RBIs.
Talyn Fordham had two of six hits for Silver Creek (1-6, 0-1) and its lone RBI.
Legacy 15, Prairie View 4
At Prairie View: Kate Walker drove in four runs as Legacy (8-3) won in five innings.
Janessa Esquibel and Alex Genty each added three RBIs.
Longmont 18, Centaurus 1
At Centaurus: Megan Leick hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in the four-inning win for Longmont (5-4, 1-0 4A NCAC).
Ruby Anderson added two hits and three RBIs.
Veronica Ember homered for Centaurus (0-7, 0-1).
Holy Family def. Discovery Canyon 3-1
At Discovery Canyon: Following a pair of losses to open the season, Holy Family (4-2) won its fourth straight match.
The Thunder won the opening set before the Tigers rallied to take the next three.
Boulder def. Vista PEAK Prep 3-1
At Boulder: After falling to Legend 12 days ago, the Panthers (1-1) got their first win of the season.
The Panthers were ledy by Ainsley Duffield’s 12 kills and 16 digs, while Jordan Warner tallied four aces, 13 digs and 27 assists in the win.
Prospect Ridge Academy def. Fort Lupton 3-0
At Fort Lupton: Prospect Ridge Academy (2-1) won a second straight match, beating Fort Lupton 25-12, 25-9, 28-26.
Erie def. Horizon 3-1
At Horizon: Erie (2-1) won a second straight match, beating Horizon 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23.
The Tigers beat Frederick in four sets last week.
Jefferson Academy def. KIPP Denver Collegiate 3-0
At KIPP Denver: The Jaguars (1-0) won their season opener 25-22, 25-23, 25-20.
Monarch def. Pomona 3-0 (Monday)
At Monarch: The Coyotes won their season-opening match, beating Pomona 25-12, 25-6, 25-13.
Monarch finished 5-7 last season.
Thompson Valley def. Silver Creek 3-0 (Monday)
At Silver Creek: Thompson Valley beat Silver Creek 25-19, 25-18, 25-18.
Tatum Sharp had 11 kills for the Golden Eagles and Chloe Duzenack had 10.
Mead def. Loveland 2-0 (Saturday)
Mead def. Bayfield 2-0
University def. Mead 2-0
Palmer Ridge def. Mead 2-0
At Eaton: Mead (3-3), 4A’s runner-up team last season, split its four matches and is currently .500 on the season.
Longmont def. Platte Valley 2-1 (Saturday)
Palmer Ridge def. Longmont 2-0
Bayfield def. Longmont 2-1
Fossil Ridge def. Longmont 2-0
At Eaton: Emily Foraker leads Longmont (1-4) with 24 kills, followed by Bridget Kusbel with 16.
In the Trojans’ win over Platte Valley, Madison Jonason led the way with four aces, three kills and 18 assists.
Broomfield def. Mountain Range 7-0
At Broomfield: Sophomore Kai Trujillo won in straight sets at No. 1 singles as the Eagles won their second consecutive dual match.
Boulder def. Horizon 7-0
At Horizon: Andre Parham, Jackson Lewis and Mike Nold each won their singles match in straight sets as Boulder swept Horizon.
Parham, a freshman, is listed as 2-2 in No. 1 singles matches this season.