BROOMFIELD — The Holy Family Tigers are learning on the fly.
We have become accustomed to big things from the Tigers over the last few years — including back-to-back top-3 finishes at the Class 3A state tournament. But gone are the familiar faces atop the ladder and in has stepped a willing youth movement that will signal a sign of positives steps in the future.
And despite all the changes — including Bob and Tim Wathen filling in as coaches for Brittany Storgaard, who is away on maternity leave — Holy Family’s schedule remains packed with strong duels and on Friday afternoon a big tournament, the Broomfield Invitational, with the likes of 5A strongholds Columbine, Monarch and Regis Jesuit.
The Tigers did just fine, placing third overall with 23 points behind Monarch’s 16 and Regis’ 20. Holy Family sent two positions to the finals, including sophomore Lindsey Bartoletta at No. 2 singles and the No. 4 doubles team of Kelly Whitehill and Maddy Lujan.
Bartloletta dropped her championship match at Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club to Monarch, while Lujan and Whithill lost their finals match on the newly refurbished courts nearby at Broomfield High School.
There were some promising results across the board, including at No. 1 singles, where sophomore Emily Lindeorfer placed third and so to did the No. 1 doubles senior tandem of Caroline Smolky and Grace Coster. Lexi Licata won here first match then dropped her next two to ultimately finish fourth at No. 3 singles.
Freshman Audrey Brower and sophomore Sadie Bren team up to take fourth at No. 2 doubles and at No. 3 doubles, Jill Hill and Megan Smolky went 2-1 to take fifth place.