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Niwot’s Zoie Chociej is off to a tremendous start in 2022. (Daily Camera file photo)

Each full week of the fall season, BoCoPreps will highlight 10 teams and 10 players that had exceptional performances. While our staff will utilize multiple avenues to compile these lists, readers are encouraged to submit nominations to our email (

10 teams

Jefferson Academy boys soccer: The Jaguars took over the top spot in this week’s Class 3A poll after defeating Aurora West College Prep Academy in a 3-2 overtime thriller before decimating No. 6 Arrupe Jesuit, 5-0.

Mead football: The top-ranked Mavericks stunned Windsor with 27 seconds left to win 35-34 in the back-and-forth season-opening tilt.

Dawson boys tennis: The Mustangs won the Centaurus tournament over the weekend thanks to first-place finishes from Alfie Whitmore (1 singles), Owen Leidich (3 singles), Adam Fitzgerald/Jack McCormack (3 doubles) and Leehman Wood/Kiernan Donohue (4 doubles).

Holy Family football: The Tigers put an end to Frederick’s late surge when quarterback Rylan Cooney connected with Jaxon Grable with 11.6 seconds left to lift them to a 27-26 victory.

Boulder girls field hockey: The Panthers earned their first win and first two goals in program history after taking down Kent Denver, 2-1. Riley Braun and Courtney Windt, both students at Monarch, helped propel their brand new squad to victory.

Monarch boys golf: The Coyotes entered this week ranked No. 2 in all of Colorado, based on a collective scoring average of 219.5 strokes per round. They proved as much when they tied for first at the Frederick Classic with a team score of  217 and a 69 from Ryan Beals, who finished third.

Prospect Ridge boys tennis: The Miners knocked Skyline out 7-0 and only dropped four games through five matches as Roee Sela, Jackson Billings and Kyle Nguyen/Noah Lilienfeld shut out their opponents. The Miners entered this week ranked No. 7 in Class 4A.

Longmont boys soccer: The Trojans smacked Berthoud in a 7-0 victory as five boys got on the board. James Tillery led the way with two goals.

Legacy boys soccer: The Lightning moved up to No. 5 in this week’s Class 5A poll thanks to a true, 1-0 team win over Rock Canyon last Tuesday. Ace Bolom netted the go-ahead goal in the first half as the defense banded together to only allow keeper Wesley Hempelmann to make three saves.

Peak to Peak boys golf: The Pumas entered this week ranked No. 4 in Class 3A with 234.5 average strokes per round, just half a stroke behind third-place Basalt. They finished third in each of their tournaments last week, twice lagging behind top-ranked Colorado Academy and finishing once behind No. 2 Kent Denver.

10 athletes

Zoie Chociej, Niwot softball: Chociej is clearly ready for fall. The Niwot second baseman won MaxPreps national player of the week last Tuesday after batting 1.000 the week before. Since then, she’s continued to rake, going 5-for-8 at the plate with a .889 batting average, 16 hits, 15 RBIs and three home runs on the season.

Lilia Neill, Broomfield volleyball: Neill was instrumental in the Eagles’ opening week, compiling 37 kills in the team’s 3-1 wins over Highlands Ranch and Holy Family. The Eagles jumped into the ranking at No. 10 this week.

Ben Harding, Silver Creek boys golf: Harding continues to wow on the golf course as he tied for first in the Longs Peak League meet at Twin Peaks last Tuesday, carding a 73 for a tie for medalist honors.

Sid Anderson, Fairview boys soccer: Anderson shined his armor for the Knights when he netted the one and only goal for fourth-ranked Fairview in a thrilling, golden-goal victory over No. 6 Castle View. His efforts helped boost the Knights to No. 1 in 5A in this week’s rankings.

Tyler Hoffman, Erie boys soccer: Hats off to Hoffman, who scored all of Erie’s three goals in its 3-0 victory over Pueblo South.

Ceci Chiaravalle, Lyons softball: Chiaravalle’s mastery on the mound helped propel to the Lions to four straight victories last week, thanks in large part to the 52 batters she struck out.

Kylie Fullerton, Jefferson Academy softball: Fullerton helped lead her team to its monster second win of the program’s debut season. She collected six RBIs and scored three runs herself off of five hits en route to a 29-3 Jaguars victory over Jefferson.

Kiki Vaughn, Boulder cross country: Vaughn placed second in a very large field at the Washington Park Invitational after clocking in at 18 minutes, 43 seconds, just three seconds behind the winner.

Katelin Sindelar, Frederick volleyball: Sindelar helped vault her team to two straight victories with 33 total kills. The Golden Eagles entered this week ranked No. 8 in Class 4A.

Cole Rogers, Silver Creek football: Rogers exploded in the Raptors’ 38-18 victory over Prairie View as he recorded 316 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns.

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