GREELEY/BROOMFIELD/LAKEWOOD — It was a big day across the board for the Holy Family Tigers athletics programs.
There were highs (baseball won a Tri-Valley League title), lows (tennis went 0-for-Saturday and soccer lost in the second round of the playoffs) and seasons came to an end. We hosted the Last Chance meet at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium and won team titles on both the girls and boys side with a plethora of top three finishes sprinkled in on a day that a lot of team showed up.
TOUGH TENNIS IN GREELEY
After a promising start to the tournament on Friday at the Centennial Courts in Greeley that had both No. 2 singles sophomore Lindsey Bartoletta and the No. 4 doubles team of Madi Lujan and Kelly Whitehill in the semifinals of their respective 3A draws, Saturday didn’t bring much luck.
Bartoletta was blitzed by Peak to Peak’s Trini Somasundaram, who lost just seven games in four matches en route to her second straight title at the position. Bartoletta had a chance to work her way back through the consolation bracket for a chance at third place, but was upended by Colorado Academy’s Charlotte Pulido 6-2, 6-1.
At No. 4 doubles, Lujan and Whitehill just couldn’t string points together and it snowballed quickly against the Peak to Peak tandem of Ayssa Bayles and Mia Yost. They lost 6-1, 6-1 in just under an hour. In their playback match, back at UNC, they went three sets with the team from Salida before eventually losing in heartbreaking fashion 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The only other team that was pulled back through the consolation bracket was the No. 3 doubles team of Jill Hill and Megan Smolky. The lost to the team from Prospect Ridge 6-2, 7-5.
SOCCER BOWS OUT TO WHEAT RIDGE
The 13th-seeded Holy Family Tigers girls soccer team had high hopes heading in to round two of the Class 4A state tournament after a 3-1 victory over George Washington.
On Saturday afternoon at Lakewood Memorial Field, the Tigers season came to an end against fourth-seeded Wheat Ridge by the same score, 3-1.
The Farmers got on the board in the 15th minute, when freshman Emily Browne camped out at Sally Napierkowski’s far post and got on the end of a Molly Kratzer direct free kick from 28 yards out to make it 1-0.
The Tigers had a chance at the end of the first half to equalize, but it missed and in a cruel twist of fate, it was the Farmers — and Browne again — that went up 2-0 in the opening five minutes of the second half. The lead grew to 3-0 before Holy Family would finally et on the board. Senior Nicolette Sandoval helped the Tigers avoid the shutout with a goal in the 76th minute.
The Tigers finish the season 10-6.
TIGERS GO 4-0 OVER TWO DAY STRETCH TO WIN TVL
Perhaps Mother Nature’s most cruel trick was on the Holy Family baseball team.
Cancellations left and right, cause athletic director Ben Peterson to scramble down the stretch to fill the schedule with the allotted 23 games. So after sweeping a doubleheader on Friday against Skyline and then Fort Morgan, the Tigers turned right back around on Saturday for a double dip with Frederick.
In the first game, senior Emmanuel King — he of the big two-run blast in Windsor last week that was instrumental in the Tigers TVL title run — went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. The Tigers broke things open against the Warriors in the third inning with five runs and then added four more in the fifth of a 10-3 victory.
In the second game, a 4-3 decision, Zach Becker hit a home run; Colin Welsh went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI and Dollin Kringlin struck out 10 in 6.1 innings of work to compete the sweep.
By virtue of the co-Tri-Valley League title (their first), the Tigers will earn a top eight seed in the Class 4A state tournament which begins with the regional round next Saturday. They will host for the right to move on to the double elimination portion of the tournament the following week in Colorado Springs.
LAST CHANCE TITLES FOR THE TIGERS
The Tigers hosted their annual Last Chance Meet on Saturday and drew a field larger than usual due to the number of cancellations around the state. It gave them a chance to compete against some of the states best from 5A thru 2A and they showed very well.
Both the boys and the girls won the team titles. The boys scored 104.5 point to Arvada West’s 95.5. The girls out-dueled D’Evelyn 133-116.
Some notable performances on Saturday included Braden Bartlett (50.85) and Rasce Englehardt (51.67) going 1-2 in the 400 meters. Senior Alex Martinez finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.72.
On the girls side, Anna Hodell ran the fastest 200 of the day, going 26.86 seconds for the win. The 4×100 relay team also took top honors in 51.02 seconds. Second place finishes belonged to the 4×800 team (10:51.43), Alyssa Wells in the 1,600 (5:35.18), Ashley Darrah in the 300 hurdles (48.80), Evelyn Boyd in the 3,200 (12:06.96) and Mikayla Truong in the discus (96-3 feet).