Niwot 7, Roosevelt 0
At Niwot: While the offensive output from senior Azael Marrufo has been more than generous for Niwot’s soccer program during nonleague play this fall, the need for more players to step up will be necessary if the Cougars expect to make more noise following their semifinals finish in the spring.
Tuesday perhaps was a glimpse at the possibilities.
Marrufo had two more goals and an assist, four of his teammates also had winners, and Niwot kicked off play in the 4A/3A Longs Peak League with a 7-0 win over Roosevelt.
“Azael kept us afloat early on in the attacking side of things,” Cougars’ sixth-year coach Stephen Dimit said. “This week, we are really trying to build other guys into the attack around him and try to get them up to speed. And today was really the first showing of that.”
Kaiden Waterman, Miles Verbeck, Julian Biscaldi and Finlay Burns each scored their first goal of the season. Marrufo, who led the team with 11 goals during the shortened pandemic campaign, added to his team lead in goals this fall as he now has six of the Cougars’ 13 over their first five games.
“It was good to see a lot of guys joining up with (Azael) and start to connect,” Dimit went on. “And (Azael) really helps out with that a lot because he’s such an unselfish player. He’s sitting there on a hat trick today and he’s still trying to dish up goals for other guys and make our team better.”
The Cougars, after splitting their nonleague schedule, began play in the Longs Peak with another one-sided berating of their opponent. During the league’s first showing in the spring, Dimit’s crew won all nine games, outscoring league teams 62-4.
Niwot will look to make it 11 in a row inside league when it travels to Berthoud Thursday.
Loveland Classical 2, Nederland 1
At Nederland: Loveland Classical, ranked second in 2A in the CHSAANow.com poll, got a scare from an improving Nederland program.
The Panthers (1-5, 0-2 2A Mile High West) hadn’t won a game the previous two years before snapping the streak with an opening season win over Addenbrooke Classical Academy. Their tight loss to Loveland Classical (4-0, 3-0) is another step in the right direction.
Monarch 3, Northglenn 0
At Northglenn: Monarch (2-3) notched another win prior to league play later this week.
The Coyotes, who went winless last season, have won twice in five games in the fall.
Mead 2, Erie 0 (Monday)
At Mead: Mead (6-0, 1-2 5A/4A NCAC), ranked seventh in the Class 4A CHSAANow.com poll, remains undefeated.
Logan Knight broke a scoreless game in the 58th minute on a penalty kick and Brody Foote added another in 67th in a shutout over Erie (2-2-1, 0-1).
The Mavs travel to Holy Family Wednesday.
Broomfield 3, Green Mountain 0 (Monday)
At Broomfield: The Eagles (3-2), ranked 11th in 5A in the CHSAANow.com poll, finished nonleague play with a win.
Broomfield will host Legacy Saturday.
Jefferson Academy 8, SkyView Academy 0 (Saturday)
At SkyView: The CHSAANow.com 3A No. 1 Jaguars (5-0, 1-0 3A Metro) remain undefeated after kicking off league play with a dominant showing.
They host Stargate School Wednesday.
Front Range League Match 5
At Harmony Club: Monarch won the final league invitational and finished second in the final Front Range League standings.
The Coyotes’ Caleb Michaels and Fairview’s Mathieu Zerwin tied for second at par-72 Tuesday, one stroke behind winner Grant Samuelson of Fossil Ridge.
The Sabercats won the league championship as senior golfer Alex Rogers won the individual title with a season score of 289. Michaels was the first local player in the final standings, finishing sixth at 297. Fairview’s Sawyer Sales was seventh (299), Broomfield’s Mason Hill eighth (302),
Monarch’s Ian Henderson ninth (303) and Legacy’s John McNabb and Ben Cerretani 10th (304).
Northridge High School Grizzly Invitational
At Highland Hills: Frederick’s Jake Chesler, who finished fourth at the 4A state tournament last season, won the invite with a 1-over-par 72. He had two bogeys and one birdie.
Niwot’s Emmett Shell and Christopher Gunlikson tied for third at 78. Centaurus’ Asa Wentworth tied for sixth at 79.
Riverdale Ridge won the team race at 238. Frederick was fourth (243) and Niwot was fifth (245).
NCAC League No. 6 (Monday)
At Indian Peaks: Ben Harding won the invite shooting 1-under-par 71, leading Silver Creek to the team title. He had four birdies and two bogeys.
Teammate Josh Lurie tied for second along with Holy Family’s Rudiger Heitz at 73. The Raptors held off the Tigers in the team race 301-to-307. Centaurus was fourth behind Matthew Vaver’s 76, Erie fifth led by Donovan O’Brien’s 76, Mead seventh and Longmont eighth.
Legacy 9, Rocky Mountain 4
At Legacy: The Lightning (13-3, 4-0 5A Front Range League), ranked second in this week’s 5A CHSAANow.com poll, won their sixth straight.
Janessa Esquibel struck out 12 to go along with a homer, Leah Connor also went deep and drove in four runs, and Legacy remained undefeated in league play.
Esquibel tossed five innings, allowing four runs — one earned — on 120 pitches. Khloe Kubitschek threw two spotless frames of relief and Sam Bocis had three hits.
During the current win streak, the Lightning have outscored teams 78-11.
Mead 14, Longmont 0
At Mead: Joslynn Veltien extended her streak of allowing three or less runs to six games. She nearly recorded her second no-hitter in a week, too.
The junior ace threw a one-hitter in a game that ended in four innings due to the state’s mercy rule. She struck out six and lowered her ERA to 3.03.
Claire Adams homered and doubled, driving in four for the CHSAANow.com No. 4-ranked Mavs (10-5, 2-0 4A NCAC), who scored 13 runs in the opening inning. Kelsi
Fulk also went deep and drove in two. Katelyn Wiescamp added a pair of doubles and two RBIs and Maddox Boston tripled and had two hits.
Aaliyah Encinia Castillo had the lone hit for Longmont (8-9, 0-3).
Broomfield 11, Loveland 1
At Broomfield: Breanna Fiala allowed no earned runs over six strong innings for Broomfield (10-6, 4-0 5A FRL), which has won four in a row.
The junior needed just 82 pitches to stifle Loveland’s lineup, giving up just five hits and one unearned run. She struck out six and lowered her ERA to 3.19.
Maycee Bricker had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three in the win. Caylie Eiguren had four hits and two RBIs.
Broomfield is tied along with 5A No. 5 Horizon and No. 2 Legacy atop the league standings at 4-0. Fossil Ridge, No. 1, is 1-0.
Erie 17, Skyline 0
At Erie: Addie and Emma Osborne both homered and Gracie Sackett threw a three-inning, no-hitter in another landslide win for Erie (13-1, 3-0 4A NCAC).
Addie drove in four, Emma two, and the CHSAANow.com 4A No. 1 Tigers won their 12th straight game this fall.
Sackett needed just 40 pitches to handle Skyline’s lineup. She stuck out seven and walked one.
Jaiselyn Hernandez added a triple on three hits and drove in three. Erie scored five in the first inning and 12 in the second.
Holy Family 15, Greeley Central 0
At Greeley Central: Jordan Peterson had two hits, three RBIs and was a part of a four-inning, no-hit performance as Holy Family (12-3, 3-0 4A NCAC) won for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Tigers, ranked fourth in the 4A CHSAANow.com polls, used an 11-run second to win the game in just four innings.
Peterson threw three innings of no-hit ball, striking out six while walking one. Isabella Arroyo threw an inning, striking out all three in the frame.
Frederick 14, Northridge 7
At Northridge: Frederick (9-3, 1-0 4A Longs Peak) continued its theme of blowing out teams in wins this season.
Frederick has won by six or more runs in each of its nine wins this season.
Niwot 12, University 4
At University: Anne Booth had three hits, Hannah Bassett had two knocks and two RBIs and the Cougars (8-7) won for the fourth straight time.
Frederick def. Berthoud 3-1
At Frederick: Frederick (11-1 3-0 4A/3A Longs Peak), ranked fourth in the CHSAANow.com 4A poll, pushed its winning streak to 11 matches. It beat the Spartans 25-17, 23-25, 28-26, 25-20.
After opening the year with a four-set loss to Erie, Frederick has won 31 sets and lost just four.
Erie def. Windsor 3-2
At Erie: The Tigers (5-1, 3-0 5A/4A NCAC) are making their way up the state rankings one win at a time.
Ranked ninth in the current 4A CHSAANow.com poll, Erie won its fifth straight in a thriller over No. 3 Windsor. The Tigers trailed 12-8 in the decisive fifth set before charging back to win 15-13.
Mead def. Silver Creek 3-1
At Silver Creek: Mead (4-6, 1-1 5A/4A NCAC) snapped a five-match losing streak with a four-set win over winless Silver Creek (0-8, 0-2).
The Mavs, albeit touting a losing record, had previously fallen to five straight CHSAANow.com-ranked teams. They lost twice to 4A No. 1 Palmer Ridge — the team that beat them in last season’s championship game — as well as No. 4 Frederick, No. 9 Erie and 3A No. 3 University.
Broomfield def. Chatfield 3-2
At Chatfield: Broomfield (9-2), following its third-place Cherry Creek Invitational over the weekend, built off it with another strong victory.
The Eagles, ranked fifth in the 5A polls by CHSAANow.com, beat the Chargers 19-25, 25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13. Broomfield’s lone two losses of the season are to No. 2 Cherry Creek and No. 9 Ralston Valley.
Justice 38, Gilpin County 30
At Justice: The Phoenix (1-1), in the eight-man league, responded from their regular-season loss to Dolores Huerta-Prep with their first win over Gilpin County since 2012.
Justice hadn’t played the Eagles since 2015, losing three straight from 2013-2015. They used two interceptions on three passing attempts and a fumble recovery to fuel the victory.
Eagle Valley 48, Niwot 12
At Everly Montgomery Field: Thomas Carnagie had 83 yards and two touchdowns to lead a nice run attack for the Cougars (1-2).
Niwot rushed 42 times for 263 yards as a team. It passed for just 24 yards.
Monarch def. Broomfield 5-2
At Monarch: The No. 1 doubles team of Clay Hafner and Garrett Winklebauer won a three-set thriller and Monarch edged Broomfield.
The Eagles’ Kai Trujillo won a three-set match over Conner Smith in the No. 1 singles match. Luke Jensen and Callum Conaghan won at the No. 2 and 3 spots for the Coyotes.
Boulder def. Mountain Range 7-0
At Boulder: Andre Parham won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets, Jackson Lewis won at No. 2 in straight games and the Panthers swept Mountain Range.
The Panthers didn’t drop a set and lost a combined five games.
At Heritage High School: Known as one of the fastest courses in the state, plenty of area talent made noise at the long-running invite.
Boulder’s Gavin Geer won the Division I boys’ race in 15 minutes and 51.60 seconds and Lindsay Cook was third in girls. Longmont’s Connor McCormick won the D-2 race in 15:20.90, while Silver Creek’s Grace Moroney was fifth in 19:42.80. And in the sweepstakes race, Fairview’s Eric Sankey was fifth in 15:15.20.