Legacy 2, Boulder 1
At Legacy: Costly mistakes can be devastating, especially when they happen during a war between the two best teams in the state.
Legacy, which entered this week ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, benefitted from No. 2 Boulder’s late-game error and was able to secure victory because of it. The Panthers turned up the heat in the final nine minutes after Legacy’s Zach Nickell netted the eventual game-winner in the 71st minute.
“That made it 2-1 and then it got more intense from there,” Lightning coach Tony Romano said. “When we scored, Boulder really started coming forward really hard and we were doing a good bit of defending, trying to just defend the last nine minutes and Boulder, with one minute, 21 seconds left, seemed to score the game-tying goal, only to have it called back for a handball.”
That moment, however unfortunate for the Panthers, showcased just how even-keeled both teams played, as each boast incredible talent on all fronts. Both teams created equal chances in both halves, but Legacy just barely edged them out, especially after that late call.
The Lightning stayed perfect at 9-0 as Boulder, who has only ever lost to No. 1 teams, fell to 7-2.
“I have nothing but respect for Boulder as a program and the boys knew they were going to be in for a battle tonight,” Romano said. “I think it was a great game and I’m real proud of the boys for what they did.”
Jefferson Academy 3, Prospect Ridge 0
At Jefferson Academy: It would seem that nobody can dethrone Class 3A’s top cats, as the No. 1 Jaguars yet again walked away victorious against nearby Prospect Ridge. The Jaguars scored all three goals in the first half as the Miners were able to hold them at bay during the last 40 minutes. The Miners, who sat just outside this week’s top-10, fell to 6-3.
Broomfield 2, Fossil Ridge 0 (Wednesday)
At Fossil Ridge: The Eagles solidified their spot at third place in the FRL by taking out Fossil Ridge, who was right there with them in the league standings. While Broomfield has seen mixed results with its 6-3 record this season, it’s seen much more success in league play as it sits at 3-1 early into that schedule. Junior Cooper Johnson and senior Reyn Tillman both scored en route to victory.
Fort Morgan 1, Niwot 0
At Fort Morgan: Niwot and Fort Morgan entered the week receiving votes in CHSAANow.com’s Class 4A coaches poll and that set the two teams up for an exciting matchup on Thursday night. They didn’t disappoint. The setback ended a five-game winning streak for the Cougars.
Mead 1, Longmont 1 (Wednesday)
At Mead: The Mavericks and Trojans engaged in a battle that saw no victor. Mead, which has seen a good amount of success this year at 6-3-1, fell to ninth place in a tough 5A/4A Northern League as 0-9-1 Longmont finally turned a game around.
Mead 9, Silver Creek 2
At Mead: The Mavericks entered this week ranked No. 5 in Class 4A and bolstered that placement with a commanding win over Silver Creek. Mead played it safe throughout the first three innings as it worked up a 3-1 lead, then its offense exploded in the fourth frame with five more runs. Now 14-8, the Mavericks should be sitting pretty with just one game left in the regular season.
Holy Family 11, Windsor 3
At Holy Family: Over the past several weeks, Holy Family softball has proven its stock among the best of the best in Class 4A. The third-ranked Tigers recertified that fact on Thursday when they not only defeated No. 6 Windsor, but they destroyed the Wizards. Seniors Abby Edwards and Annika Manzanares secured three RBIs apiece as freshman pitching phenom Isabella Arroyo struck out nine batters.
Monarch 6, Mountain Range 1
At Mountain Range: Monarch softball hasn’t seen a lot of wins in the 2021 fall season, but the Coyotes earned another notch in their belts when they took down Mountain Range on Thursday afternoon. En route to victory, Jaidyn Studebaker knocked in two runs as sophomore Avery Dehne and junior Kate Cozzens added one more apiece. Studebaker also excelled on the mound as she struck out 12.
Niwot 20, Northridge 13
At Niwot: In a battle of the heavy hitters, the Cougars and the Grizzlies raked in run after run as Niwot eventually prevailed. Sophomore Anne Booth led the effort with five RBIs as senior Hannah Bassett, senior Jasmine Aldama and sophomore Autumn Rutherford drove in three more runs each.
Front Range League tournament (Wednesday)
At Loveland: Fairview’s boys tennis team finished second in a competitive FRL tournament that featured 12 teams. Fossil Ridge beat the Knights out as Boulder took third, Monarch placed fourth, Broomfield claimed seventh and Legacy finished at eighth. Boulder’s Ezra Doherty and Will Curl won at No. 1 doubles.
Silver Creek 3, Longmont 1
At Silver Creek: The Raptors have suffered their fair share of downfalls this season but have since seemed to pull everything together within the last week with three straight victories. On Thursday night, they fell into a similar pattern after the Trojans won the first set 25-21 before the Raptors bounced back to win the last three by scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-20.
Erie 3, Skyline 0
At Erie: The Tigers have been nearly unstoppable this season with just one loss to their names, and Skyline just couldn’t overcome that kind of court production. Erie took the match in a clean sweep as they won out at 25-9, 25-15 and 25-12. The Falcons fell to 3-5 with the loss.
Legacy 3, Fairview 0
At Legacy: The Lightning have struck success repeatedly throughout their 2021 slate, and Thursday night was no different. They took a struggling Knights team to task through three sets, but Fairview didn’t make it easy. Legacy was able to steal away victory with finals of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-19.
Niwot 3, Roosevelt 1
At Roosevelt: Little has stopped Class 4A’s eighth-ranked Cougars this season, especially in league play. On Thursday, they improved to 8-0 in 4A/3A Longs Peak League play when they took down the Roughriders in exciting fashion with scores of 25-22, 24-26, 25-17 and 25-16. Even though head coach Daisha Agho admitted, “We struggled to find our groove,” the Cougars still found a way to win.
Denver Christian 3, Longmont Christian 1
At Longmont Christian: The Warriors have seen mixed results throughout their fall schedule this year and the theme held true in their home matchup against the Thunder. While Denver Christian ultimately ran away with sets one, three and four by 25-12, 25-6 and 25-10 scores, the Warriors managed to steal the second set by a tight 25-23 final.
Lutheran 3, Peak to Peak 0
At Peak to Peak: The Pumas have seen a great amount of success this season with an 8-3 record, and the coaches around Class 3A starting throwing votes their way in this week’s poll. No. 5 Lutheran, however, proved to be too much as the Pumas only managed to score 15, 16 and 12 points in each set.