Trask Talk: Another Stellar Sports Season at AHS
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At Arapahoe, we have always been considered the cream of the crop for Colorado high schools. We strive in academics, arts, and especially athletics. This year was no different.
Fall started off the year with outstanding seasons in cross country, volleyball, boy’s tennis, golf, softball, boy’s soccer and football. Boy’s soccer battled all the way to the state quarterfinals with a 13-2-3 record. The team grinded for a 10 game win streak where they outscored opponents 30-5 during that stretch.
But to most, football was the highlight of the fall. Coach Mike Campbell and quarterback Pete Mitchell led the team to an undefeated regular season and to the second round of the playoffs, The defense was dominant all year with stars Ben Sandrin, Ray Haas, Luke Morrone and Gabe Cardenas. For the offense, Nick Thompson led the way at running back with 1098 all purpose yards and Mitchell threw for 1403 yards with a QB rating of 97.8. His leading receiver Connor Williams had 548 yards on 37 receptions with four touchdowns. The team eventually lost to Ralston Valley in the second round of the playoffs but not after a record setting season.
In the winter, the basketball teams stole the show. We witnessed the emergence of a star in junior Kyle Lukasiewicz as well as the consistent contributions of seniors Joey Kleeman and James Walsh. The boys made it to the second round of the playoffs and held their own against some of the elite teams in 5A. They defeated Rocky Mountain in the first round of the playoffs and ended with a 12-13 record.
The women’s team had a sensational season led by seniors Katie Crowley and Jordyn Vega and junior Macy Ziegler. They put up a 15-11 record and pulled off a second round upset against Fossil Ridge defeating them on the road 45-42. They eventually lost in the third round to the eventual champion Thunderridge Grizzlies.
This spring, boy’s lacrosse has gone on a tear. They are 11-2 overall, 6-0 in league and on a 9 game win streak as they look to become state champions just like they were in 2013. Junior Chase Douglas leads the league in assists with 26 and senior Keenan Moffitt is in the top ten for goals with 30. New head coach Logan Bobzien has strived in his new environment and the boys are one of the favorites to be state champions.
As the year goes on and the seasons change, Arapahoe fans have been gifted with countless teams to root for that have unmatched success. So from an Arapahoe student and sports fan, thank you to all the athletes that makes this school one of the top high schools in Colorado.