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BoCoPreps notebook: Legacy swimming, the 600 baseball club and more

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The traditional piercing screeches following the girls state swim meet this past winter made it hard to hear … for days.

So this may’ve been missed: The award for the best coach at the Class 5A meet went to Legacy’s Leigh Dodd after her team catapulted to a program-best fourth place finish.

Now, it’s the boys’ turn. And they’ll certainly be difficult to drown out.

“I think this team is the strongest and deepest I’ve seen in my three years here,” Dodd said, “and in all my research in the recent history of the program.”

The Lightning came into the weekend with a Class 5A-most 24 swim times inside the top 20.  Ranked third in the projected team race by PrepSwimCo.com, it had more viable state placers than the top two teams, Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek.

Among them, their 200 medley (1:32.91) and 400 freestyle (3:07.50) relays are tops in the state. Their 200 free relay (1:25.51) is first in 5A.

Legacy junior Max Kulbida swims in ...
Legacy’s Max Kulbida

Individually, Kyle Raskay has eight top-20 times, including the second-fastest 50 free (21.03) in the classification. Sam White has six and the fourth-best 200 free (1:43.63), and Max Kulbida has the third-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (58.17).

If the numbers alone sound astounding, they are for a team standing to break new ground at state in three weeks. Even perhaps even more so due to the fact that their continued rise comes just two seasons after the canceled 2020 spring.

“I believe a lot of that is attributed to our junior and senior athletes,” Dodd said. “Specifically, our captains Henry Hamp and Sam White, in creating a hard-working but fun environment that gets the boys to train and race at the highest level.”

Among other standout area athletes in 5A are Fairview’s Layton Sealman, Boulder’s Teagan Mayer and Monarch freshman Gavin Keogh.

Sealman has four times inside the top 11 in the classification, including the third-fastest 100 free (46.46). Mayer, meanwhile, has two in the top 12, and Keogh has the fifth-best 100 backstroke (52.33).

In 4A, defending champ Silver Creek has 18 top-20 times in the classification and is projected third as a team.

Joshua and Jacob Dowlin are the rare diver-swimmer combo who could score state points in both. James Story is a newcomer with five top-20 times.

Below the Raptors in the rankings is Broomfield in ninth. Nathan McCracken leads the team with three times inside the top 12.

The .600 club

There hasn’t been a Class 5A player in Colorado to finish the spring season with batting average of .600 since 2017.

Will it happen this spring? Probability says no. Logic does, too. That’s why it’s so intriguing to watch.

The state’s largest classification currently has six players hitting above the mark coming into the weekend. Two are from the Broomfield area in Eagles catcher Camden Ross (.619) and Legacy infielder Brandon Sanchez (.605).

As of Friday night, Ross had a hit in all but two of his 15 games — 11 with at least two — and touted an on-base percentage of .709.

Sanchez had a hit in 11 of 12 games for the undefeated Lightning, with at least three hits in four of them.

In 4A, Silver Creek’s John Sekich came into the weekend hitting .656 with four homers.

In 2A, Dawson’s Ashtin Gilio and Conor Wolf were both hitting above the threshold, with Gilio leading the class in home runs with six, followed by Wolf with five.

Tired feet

Following her team’s 3-1 win over Fairview Thursday, Legacy junior Kendall Rippley had a wry smile when asked about the challenges of fatigue for soccer players who play for their high schools and clubs in the spring.

“I have some games this weekend — for club,” Rippley chuckled. It can be a lot of soccer, even to those who adore it.

To this point, Rippley has played the part of Ironwoman for the Lightning as they peer upon a top-10 seed in the postseason and what will likely be a second-place finish in the Front Range League to 5A No. 1 Broomfield.

Into the weekend, she leads 5A in points (50) and goals (21) and is tied for fifth in assists (eight). Her teammate, Juliauna Hayward, is fourth in points (36), third in assists (10) and seventh in goals (13).

In 4A, Haley Williams of Mead is tied for eighth in goals (15), followed by Centaurus sophomore Nyah Ringer in 12th (13).

In 3A, Prospect Ridge Academy’s Kateri Trujillo is third in points (63), fourth in goals (24) and fifth in assists (15).

And in 2A, Dawson’s Madison Shaw and Kanoe Bihag are tied for ninth in goals (17) and 12th in points (34).

A joyous Timbre

Mead senior Timbre Shehee won a Northern Colorado Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday, shooting an even-par 72 at Indian Peaks Golf Course.

Shehee had four birdies and an eagle.

Next month, she is expected to be among the contenders at the 4A state tournament along with the likes of defending champ Jessica Mason of Holy Family and Erie newcomers Hadley Ashton and Logan Hale.