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BoCoPreps.com notebook: Legacy’s national champ; Mead’s star picks college

James Shiers will play with his Mead teammate Elijah Knudsen at CMU

Legacy's Ryan Deakin, left, works on Monarch's Taylor Dawal during Thursday's opening round of the state wrestling tournament. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.
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Legacy’s Ryan Deakin, left, works on Monarch’s Taylor Dawal during Thursday’s opening round of the state wrestling tournament. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.

Just as he did in his final match at Legacy High School six years ago, Ryan Deakin left the collegiate mat a winner.

The now-Northwestern wrestler won the 157-pound national title Saturday night at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Detroit, Mich., beating Princeton’s Quincy Monday by a 9-2 decision.

The feat at least somewhat mirrored his final high school match when he dominated Denver East’s David Kavanagh 7-0 in the 138-finals to get atop the state podium for a second time.

This go-around, the top seed — this time in collegiate 158s — undid the nation’s five-seed in a thorough victory to perfectly conclude his collegiate career.

Deakin, who won two state titles and had 177 prep wins with the Lightning, finished at Northwestern as a four-time All-American, going 114-15. He went 18-0 in his fifth and final season, and he became the ninth wrestler at Northwestern to win a national title and the first since 2014.

 

Mead's James Shiers takes a 3-pointer ...
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Mead’s James Shiers takes a 3-pointer during the first half of the Mavericks’ Class 4A state tournament Great 8 home game against Frederick on Saturday night.

A match made in Maverick heaven

Coveted big-man James Shiers of Mead High School announced his commitment to Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) via Twitter Sunday, a move that will keep him alongside star teammate and longtime friend Elijah Knudsen.

Shiers was integral in Mead’s championship run in 2021, averaging a near double-double while earning a reputation as one of the state’s best rim protectors. This past season, the 7-foot-1 senior dazzled again, averaging 15.4 points per game, 8.8 boards and more than three blocks as the Mavs reached the 4A Great Eight.

He joins a college team loaded with local stars. Among players currently on roster are former Centaurus standout and CU Buff Owen Koonce as well as Longmont basketball and track state champion Eddie Kurjak.

Knudsen, who was named the 4A player of the year after the 2021 title, committed to the school, also nicknamed the Mavericks, in 2021.

Skyline baseball off to a hot start

The Falcons, searching for their first winning season since 2017, have won three of their first four games this spring.

They split with then-ranked 4A No. 6 Windsor over the weekend, winning Friday before dropping Saturday’s game to the Wizards in eight innings.

At the forefront of the 3-1 open has been solid starting pitching from Evan Gail, who is tied for second in 5A with 17 strikeouts in 10 2/3 frames pitched. He’s allowed just two earned runs and walked one while going 1-1.

Connor Ormsby, meanwhile, is fourth in batting average in the classification, going 8 for 11 in 16 plate appearances (.727) coming into the week. Wynn Drewes is behind him, hitting .429 with a triple and home run, and Samuel Carmona is at .400.

Seventh-year coach Travis Schlagel said in a preview to the season that his team is “young, inexperienced … looking to compete in one of the best conferences in the state of Colorado.”

So far, so good.

Walk-off victory

It’s that time of year. In Game 1 of the season for Broomfield, Ashton Ross delivered the walk-off hit, doubling in a pair as the Eagles beat Brighton 5-4 last week.

Legacy soccer wastes no time

The school’s girls’ soccer team has played two games so far, outscoring its opponent by a combined 21-nil.

The 5A No. 8 Lightning beat Silver Creek 10-0 March 12, then followed it with an 11-0 victory over Bear Creek last Tuesday.

Junior Kendall Rippley currently leads the state in goals (eight) and points (17). Senior Julianna Howard is tied for second in points (14), tied for fourth in goals (five) and is tied for fifth in assists (four).

Three other local Front Range League teams started the season 1-0 —  defending-champ and 5A No. 1 Broomfield shut out Windsor 5-0, Fairview beat Castle View 3-2, and Monarch upended Mead 3-2.

Boulder, meanwhile, lost to Arvada West 3-1 in its opener.

In other early-season rankings in girls soccer per CHSAANow.com, Holy Family (4A) and Dawson (2A) are ranked second coming off last season’s state titles. Jefferson Academy is ranked first in 3A and Prospect Ridge is seventh.

Early swim watch

Legacy’s boys team, which had a program-best year on the girls side this winter, has started the season off with some intrigue of its own.

As of this weekend, the Lightning owned three top-five times in the state after winning their 11-team invitational at the start of the month.

Junior Sam White has the second-fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute and 43.63 seconds), Kyle Raskay the third-fastest in the 100 butterfly (50.71) and Legacy also has the third-best time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:26.63).

The other area top-five time in the state belongs to Monarch freshman Gavin Keogh, whose 100 backstroke time of 52.33 placed him third as of this past weekend.

 

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