When Frederick football ended its 2016 season with just one win in a 10-game season, the Warriors knew it was time for a change.
That’s when Travis Peeples entered the scene to take over the struggling program, only to see it turn a winning record in his first year at the helm. Each year, it kept getting better and better as he honed in on the root of the problem from before his arrival.
“The first year I got here, the kids weren’t really bought into the lifting part, at least how I thought it should be,” Peeples said. “Once we got them to believe in that and we had a little bit of success on the field, we had a great group of leaders in (2017), the first year I was here, and we went 6-4. We just built off that every year. The kids just kept coming to the program. We didn’t lose our kids to the surrounding schools and that was key to the success here.”
Last month, Peeples announced that he was resigning from Frederick High School to pursue a teaching and coaching position at Wellington High School, which sits less than a mile from his house. After five years of long drives to and from Frederick, he’s ready to take his career closer to home.
The impact he left in his five years with the Warriors will live on with the culture he established in such a short time. In his tenure, he secured a 35-16 record, four winning seasons, three playoff appearances and a semifinal appearance in the Class 3A state playoffs in 2019.
Peeples believes that his “turn-key” position in his five years atop the program will bode well for its future, and he believes the Warriors will be a top-five team for years to come. That success, he hopes, will result in a state championship trophy sooner rather than later.
He’s already seeing immense intrigue for his now-former coaching job just a month into Frederick’s search.
“I’ve gotten a lot of calls myself from head coaches in the state that are interested and wanting to know about the program, so I know there’s a lot of interest,” Peeples said. “I know that when I took the job, there were 65 or 70 applicants. I’m sure that there will probably be over 100 coaches that will want to come in and coach at a school like this.”
Riding toward greatness
USA Cycling announced on Monday the 38 athletes that will compete for the country in the 2022 UCI Walmart CycloCross World Championships, which are set to take place at the end of the month in Fayetteville, Ark. Four cyclists from Boulder County will race among them.
The competition, which will run from Jan. 28-30, will welcome 300 of the world’s best cyclocross competitors from more than 30 countries. The sport combines road cycling and mountain biking on a course that features sand, mud and obstacles that riders have to navigate.
Madigan Munro, who graduated from Boulder High School and represents Trek Factory Racing, will compete in the under-23 category. Magnus White, Keira Bond and Chloe Fraser — who all hail from Boulder Junior Cycling — will compete in their respective junior races.
Centaurus wrestling looking ahead to Top of the Rockies
Each year, wrestling in Colorado high school athletics boasts a handful of top-tier regular-season tournaments. Next Friday and Saturday, some of the top programs from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming will all converge on Centaurus High School for one such event when the Top of the Rockies kicks off once again.
The monster, 36-team tournament will welcome some top-10 talent from all around Colorado per Tim Yount’s On the Mat rankings. Some include 5A powerhouse and top-ranked Pomona, No. 2 Ponderosa, No. 4 Chaparral, No. 5 Monarch, No. 7 Poudre and No. 10 Grandview. In 4A, it will welcome No. 5 Broomfield, No. 4 Pueblo County, No. 3 Pueblo East, No. 7 Roosevelt, No. 8 Thompson Valley and No. 10 Erie, just to name a few.
Centaurus head coach Arturo Mata said he’s looking forward to the fierce competition that the tournament will provide and believes his upper-weight wrestlers as well as Nicholas Copanas at 132 lbs. have a chance to make some noise in their respective weight classes.
Local ladies making a splash in swim scene
With less than a month left in the 2021-22 girls swimming season, a few local teams are letting Colorado know they’re here to compete for state championship glory.
In this week’s rankings, released on Tuesday by prepswimco.com, Fairview ranks second among the teams in Class 5A as Legacy (No. 5) and Monarch (No. 16) follow behind. Niwot rings in at third in Class 4A as Silver Creek (No. 8), Broomfield (No. 9), Longmont (No. 15) and Centaurus (No. 19) round out the rest of the local top 20. Holy Family has been ranked fifth in Class 3A.
Fairview girls swimming already boasts some of the No. 1 times in 5A, thanks to Amelia Mason (50-yard freestyle, 23.86 seconds; 100-yard butterfly, 55.07), Morgan Lukinac (100 freestyle, 51.30), Julianne Jones (200 individual medley, 2:06.11), its 200 medley relay (1:44.17), its 200 free relay (1:35.97) and its 400 free relay (3:25.19).
Niwot, likewise, holds a few of the top times in 4A with Mary Codevilla (100 free, 50.71; 200 IM, 2:02.56) and its 200 free relay (1:37.98). Jordan Bindseil from Longmont leads all of 4A in the 50 free with her 24.24 time.