Mead 50, Discovery Canyon 7
Two weeks into the season, Mead football is proving time and again why it deserves the No. 3 rankings that CHSAANow.com bestowed it in Class 3A.
On Thursday night at Discovery Canyon, the Mavericks put the beatdown on 3A’s sixth-ranked Thunder as if it was nothing with a 50-7 final.
“I think it all starts off with our offensive line,” head coach Jason Klatt said. “It looked really good tonight. We kind of controlled the line of scrimmage up front and that was the key, then we had a number of backs do a really good job running the football and Corby (Tecu) had a really good game. They all did. Eli Sena had a really good game, Sean Medlock, Evan Morris all ran the ball really good.”
The running backs took over the offense as Tecu (three touchdowns), Medlock, Sena, Danny Brewington and Morris played a part in at least a handful of those scores as senior QB Gavin Garrettson threw at least one. Sophomore Jordan Lohr even added a field goal.
With that kind of production, the Thunder didn’t stand a chance.
“I think for us, we’re still trying to learn who we are as a team. Every single game, we’re just trying to put our best effort out on the field and I still think we’re not even close to the team we can be,” Tecu said. “I think for us, the sky’s the limit. We’re learning every week and we’re getting better every single week.”
Silver Creek 58, Mitchell 0
At Mitchell: Silver Creek demolished its host, and it only took one quarter to bring the pain against the Marauders. The Raptors, who now enjoy a 3-0 record with 131 points on the season, scored 42 points in the first quarter alone.
RE-1J District Meet (Wednesday)
At Sunset Golf Course: The St. Vrain Valley School District’s top talent took to the Sunset Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon, and the athletes didn’t disappoint. Mead’s Nolan Hoffman won the boys race in a 16-second landslide at 17 minutes, 0.60 seconds as Niwot’s core five followed directly in tow: Joey Hendershot (17:16.10), Frederick Ambrose (17:16.30), Jeremy Gillett (17:16.40), Carlos Kipkorir Cheruiyot (17:16.40) and Zane Bergen (17:16.60). The ladies race was just as competitive, though Niwot’s pack took the cake by rounding out the top nine finishers, notably Bella Nelson (19:31.70), Mia Prok (19:32.00), Madison Shults (19:32.10), Eva Klingbeil (19:32.20) and Stella Vieth (19:33.10).
At Olde Course: Monarch’s boys golfers won out in this 5A/4A showcase as the Coyotes collected 222 strokes thanks to Talan Gover (tied first, 72 strokes), Ian Henderson (third, 74), Caleb Michaels (tied sixth, 76) and Blake Sullivan (tied 10th, 77 strokes). Fairview tied for third (233), just three strokes behind Fossil Ridge, as Sawyer Sales (tied first, 72), Mason Owens (tied sixth, 76), Nathan Sager (tied 10th, 77) and Mathieu Zerwin (tied 16th, 79) all enjoyed strong rounds. Centaurus’ Matthew Vaver added another noteworthy performance as he finished with a 77 and tied for 10th.
Holy Family 12, Longmont 2
At Holy Family: Holy Family’s Annika Manzanarez, who ranks among the top RBI leaders in the NCAC, added to her resume Thursday as she dominated the Trojan pitching staff at the plate with five RBIs on three hits, including two bombs.
Mead 14, Greeley West 0
At Mead: The Mavericks entered week three with a No. 6 ranking in Class 4A, and they didn’t take long to prove why. Pitcher Joslynn Veltien threw a perfect game through four innings en route to the 14-0 whitewashing of the Spartans, walking zero, allowing zero hits while striking out 10. Maddox Boston added a home run to the offensive effort.
Boulder 12, Englewood 2
At Englewood: The Panthers leaned on star pitcher Riley Bowman, who gave up no earned runs and struck out 19. She also finished 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs and Ria Ushakova scored three runs en route to Boulder’s 12th win of the season (12-1).
Silver Creek 15, Centaurus 3
At Silver Creek: Silver Creek, who’s been earning votes in CHSAANow.com’s 4A poll, relied on its fiery offense on Thursday against the Warriors. It only took the Raptors five innings to get the job done as senior Ashley Gaccetta drove in five runs, Isabelle Martinez added two more and six more ladies earned RBIs of their own.
Boulder 7, Legacy 0
At Legacy: Boulder’s tennis team continues to prove its dominance as the Panthers moved to 5-0 on the season. On Thursday, Andre Parham defeated David Tran 5-7,7-5, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, Jackson Lewis won in a forfeit at No. 2 singles, and Mike Nold beat Alex Anthony 6-4, 6-1 in No. 3 singles. Will Curl and Ezra Doherty excelled against Sam Law and Rufus Thompson in No. 1 doubles at 7-5, 6-4. Danny Benjamin and Andrew Schreiner beat Eric Rodriguez and Grant Thompson 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles. No. 3 doubles saw Abe Pomeroy and Blake Curl beat David Johnson and Sam Heuhalfen 6-2, 6-2 as Isaac Ferguson and Chase Lewis rounded out the No. 4 doubles effort with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Karsen Barnes and Navon Kulprathipanja.
Longmont 5, Skyline 2
At Skyline: Longmont’s and Skyline’s lines played fairly even as the Trojans’ 3 doubles and 4 doubles won by default. Of the other five lines, Longmont went 2-0 as Skyline’s Evan Elmendorf (1 singles) defeated Tristan Rangel 1-6, 7-6 (7-3) and 12-10. Skyline’s Ryan Messinger defeated Andrew Brown 6-1, 5-7 and 5-10 at 2 singles. Longmont’s Luke Riddle beat Reece Mintzer 6-2, 6-4 as Sawyer Walcott and Henry Harshbarger took Sam Lovell and Johathan Sanchez to task in 1 doubles at 6-0, 6-1. Hugo Macias and Wyatt Saunders rounded out Longmont’s efforts with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Wyatt Witzak and Kaden Peterson.
Jefferson Academy 3, Standley Lake 2
At Jefferson Academy: There’s nothing quite like a game of overtime soccer, where just one goal can end a team’s mighty campaign. On Thursday night, the Jaguars earned their spots when they defeated the visiting Gators doing just that. Class 3A’s top-ranked team moved to 4-0 on the season with 22 goals to their names already. The Jaguars enjoyed scores from Chrisly Kelly, Chyler Ward and Jonah Elstad, the latter who netted the game-winner.
Legacy 9, Loveland 0
At Loveland: Legacy brought the hammer down on Loveland through a near-mercy-rule shutout as the Lightning struck the Red Wolves hard. Legacy, now 5-0 with marquis wins over Faith Christian (Class 3A No. 4) and 5A’s ninth-ranked Regis Jesuit, certainly keep proving they deserve that No. 4 ranking in Class 5A.
Dawson 7, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 2
At Dawson: Following a loss to Prospect Ridge Academy just last week, Dawson senior Nick Knobel admitted that the Mustangs were still trying to figure things out. It looks like they’ve done just that. On Thursday, they brought the heat against the Eagles with Knobel netting three goals and Matteo Oosthuizen, Ben Raposo, Eduardo Goes-Hees and Sawyer Zeldner each adding scores of their own.
Valor Christian 2, Broomfield 1
At Valor Christian: Broomfield soccer met its match. On Thursday night in enemy territory, Class 5A’s 10th-ranked Broomfield Eagles were grounded in exciting fashion as Valor Christian’s Eagles soared. A regulation goal from Russell Tuccio sent the game into two overtimes, but Valor got the last laugh in the end.
Niwot 3, Thompson Valley 2
At Niwot: There’s nothing quite like a top-5 matchup in high school volleyball, and No. 3 Thompson Valley at No. 5 Niwot didn’t disappoint. Niwot began the match fighting from behind after the Eagles claimed a 25-22 first set. The Cougars stormed back into the next two sets to take the 2-1 advantage with scores of 25-17 and 25-22, but Thompson Valley claimed the equalizer in the fourth set at 27-25. Thompson Valley may have won that battle, but Niwot won the war as the Cougars sent the Eagles packing with a 17-15 final.
Broomfield 3, Lakewood 0
At Broomfield: Broomfield volleyball crept into 5A’s top-10 rankings this week and the Eagles wasted no time proving they deserved to be there. They destroyed the Tigers in three easy sets, during which Lakewood didn’t put up much of a fight. Broomfield went on to win 25-9, 25-10 and 25-11.
Palmer Ridge 3, Mead 1
At Palmer Ridge: No. 6 Mead made the trip down south to visit Class 4A’s top-ranked Palmer Ridge and managed to steal a set from the Bears. The Mavericks fell, however, by final scores of 32-30, 20-25, 25-10 and 25-17 as their schedule just keeps getting tougher and tougher. The Mavericks have now suffered losses to Palmer Ridge, Erie, Frederick, University and Niwot, all but one of which are ranked in the top-10 in either 3A or 4A.
Windsor 3, Holy Family 0
At Windsor: Holy Family squeaked into the Class 4A top-10 rankings this week at No. 10 but felt the pressure that the No. 4 Wizards put down Thursday night. Windsor won the match with a clean sweep and final scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 28-26, but the Tigers put up a valiant fight. The Tigers’ record now stands at 7-5 with some other losses at the hands of of 5A No. 10 Broomfield, 5A No. 7 Highlands Ranch and Pine Creek, who has been getting votes in the 5A poll.