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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Boulder softball: The Panthers (14-7 overall) secured the Class 4A/3A Colorado League title last week with a 18-2 whitewashing of Gateway. Sophie Jones had three extra-base hits in just two innings.
Frederick softball: The Golden Eagles won four games last week by a combined 43-4, and that win total was bolstered with a 5-4 win against Ralston Valley. Haley Howell tossed a no-hitter against Thompson Valley as part of a perfect week.
Holy Family girls cross country: The Tigers won the Mead Stampede with a scoring total of 43 points, with Annabella Descalzo, Emmy Stoll, Adiah Stoll and Mackenzie McIntosh finishing in that order from sixth through ninth place.
Legacy volleyball: The Lightning scratched out wins against Erie and Broomfield last week to take over the top of the Front Range League standings. Senior Gabriella Diederich did some serious work in a variety of areas — in nine sets, she had 78 assists and 10 kills, plus four blocks against Erie and nine digs against Broomfield.
Mead boys cross country: The Mavericks dominated the Mead Stampede with a team score of 31 points (Longmont was second at 80 points). Nolan Hoffman and Ben Mayer went 1-2, with Hoffman cruising in at 15:50.60.
Mead volleyball: The Mavericks have won four of five matches and impressed in victories over Longmont (3-1) and Sterling (3-1) last week.
Monarch football: The Coyotes thrashed Pueblo South, 34-6, behind a passing attack that included 395 passing yards from Asher Ewing and Owen Melish’s 171 receiving yards and two scores.
Nederland boys soccer: The Panthers soccer team is on the rise and sport a 5-2 record — their latest week bringing a 4-3 victory over Front Range Baptist for a fourth win in a row.
Nederland volleyball: The Panthers are 5-6 overall but won twice last week. In wins over Two Roads Charter and Cripple Creek-Victor, NHS had 39 service aces and 16 total blocks
Niwot girls cross country: At the Desert Twilight meet in Arizona, seven Cougars posted gold standard elite performance times. Madison Shults and Mia Prok each went sub-18 minutes, while Bella Nelson, Anna Prok, Addison Ritzenhein, Olivia Alessandrini, Lex Bullen and Cayden Justice came in between 18:00 and 18:25
Mikhail Benner, Broomfield football: The young sophomore had three interceptions in the Eagles’ Friday night blowout of Dakota Ridge.
Rocco Culpepper, Niwot cross country: The emerging star for the Cougars boys matched Evan Kraus almost to the toe touch of the finish line, going 15:30.10 at the Desert Twilight meet for a gold standard elite performance.
Max Heins, Centaurus cross country: Ran a solid 16:02 at the Pat Patten, which was good for second place.
Maelynn Higgins, Broomfield cross country: Higgins was at it again this past week, posting a great time of 18:17 at the Desert Twilight meet for a gold standard elite performance.
Ben Holly, Fairview football: The wide receiver had 128 yards of offense (66 rushing, 62 receiving) in addition to a score as the Knights defeated crosstown rival Boulder.
Kolby Holmes, Longmont football: Neeing just nine pass attempts against Greeley West, Holmes had three touchdown tosses in a rout of the Spartans.
Evan Kraus, Erie cross country: The star for EHS turned in a time of 15:30 flat at the Desert Twilight meet. It was one of just 15 gold standard elite performances on the boys side.
Kullen Lerma, Legacy football: The Lightning quarterback had three of his nine completions go for touchdowns, but he also scooted for 82 yards rushing and a score as LHS defeated Rangeview.
Grace Maroney, Silver Creek cross country: Maroney represented the Raptors tremendously in Arizona with a time of 18:01.60 at the Desert Twilight, earning her a gold standard elite performance time.
Malik Sigg-Brown, Lyons football: The sophomore has gotten better and better each week, and this past Thursday really took his role to a new level with 206 rushing yards on just eight carries. He scored four times.