Class 5A state tournament
At Denver: It was very unusual not to see the championship finals of the Class 5A state tournament filled with local participants, but between Boulder, Fairview and Monarch there is much hope that young teams gained valuable experience throughout the season.
As it stood, a pair of lines for Boulder saw their respective runs at the tournament end in defeat with solid fourth-place finishes being the result.
At No. 2 singles, young sophomore Jackson Lewis grew leaps and bounds over three days at Gates Tennis Center, finally settling for fourth with a 6-2, 6-1 loss against Fossil Ridge’s Zach Hartman, a senior. His record for the tournament was 3-2.
Meanwhile, at No. 4 doubles, the Panthers’ team of Isaac Ferayorni and Chase Lewis also had to deal with a Fossil Ridge team on the other side. The Sabercats’ tandem of Alex Van Thuyne and Zach Van Thuyne managed to outlast Ferayorni and Lewis, 7-6, 6-4.
Boulder finished seventh as a team with 12 points.
Broomfield qualifies for 5A state
At Legend: The Eagles of Broomfield are once again in a familiar position at the end of the year — that being preparing for another trip to the Aurora Sports Complex for the Class 5A state tournament. BHS went 2-1 on the day, defeating Douglas County twice (by scores of 8-3 and 3-2) before falling to host Legend by a 9-0 count.
Broomfield will enter the tournament with a 16-10 mark.
Holy Family powers way to 4A state field
At Holy Family: On the strength of two convincing shutouts, the defending state champion Holy Family Tigers won their regional with ease and will likely be the top seed at the 4A state tournament next weekend.
The Tigers smacked around both Denver North (15-0 score) and Berthoud (10-0) to improve to 19-4 on the year. In their past 13 games, they’ve outscored opponents 144-24.
Frederick battles hard for 4A state spot
At Riverdale Ridge: The Frederick Warriors certainly showed some grit on Saturday, bouncing back from a morning loss to win twice at qualify for the 4A state field.
Frederick dropped its regional opener to Golden by the slim 9-8 score, but regained some momentum with a thorough defeat of Palisade (14-4). With the second state berth out of the region on the line, Frederick got immediate revenge on Golden with a 12-6 victory.
The Warriors are now 18-8.
Erie pulls no surprises, gets back in 4A field (Friday)
At Erie: The Erie Tigers had to put some offense together Friday to defeat upset-minded Palmer Ridge, but eventually the pitching settled in, too, in a shutout of Discovery Canyon to enable EHS an opportunity to make a run at its 13th state title.
Erie defeated Palmer Ridge, 13-6, with 18 hits including eight doubles and a pair of triples. They collected 16 more hits against Discovery Canyon in an 8-0 win, but the regional championship game was highlighted by Grace Sackett’s nine-strikeout shutout.
Niwot, Boulder performs well in defeat
The Niwot and Boulder softball teams both had their best seasons in years but will not be moving on any further after being defeate twice in regional play.
For Boulder, who finished 21-4, a tough opening matchup at Ponderosa was folowed by an inspiring effort against Northfield which ended dramatically, 11-9. The Panthers were down big before a grand slam from Sophia Pereira in the seventh inning sparked a rally.
Niwot’s typically hefty offense never found a groove at Windsor, falling by scores of 10-0 and 17-2 on the day.
Peak to Peak makes 3A state field
At Lutheran: While host Lutheran flexed its muscles and showed why it’s the Class 3A No. 1 seed, Peak to Peak will get a chance to play next week as it found a way to one win on Saturday, a 10-0 blanking of Wiley that featured an eight-run fifth inning. The win, by seeding, was an upset as Peak to Peak was the No. 17 seed and Wiley was 16.
Repeat berth for Lyons not in the cards
At Eaton: Lyons, placed in a tough regional at Eaton, will not get a chance to get back to the state tournament after the Lions fell to Rocky Ford by a 7-0 score on Saturday. The team finished 8-16 and will look to continue growing as a program.