Boys soccer teams at a glance

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ARAPAHOE

Coach – Mark Hampshire

2012 highlights – 5-1-1 in Centennial League, 12-4-1 overall, lost in second round of Class 5A state playoffs.

Top players – Players listed on last year’s roster include Noah Graham, D/MF, Sr.; Brendan Mackey, D/MF, Sr.; Jaret Townsend, F, Soph.; Brendan Mendelson, MF, Sr.; Jack Ryan, F, Sr.; Dan Scott, GK, Sr.

2013 outlook — Townsend and Mendelson led the team in scoring last season.

CHERRY CREEK

Coach – Marcelo Curi

2012 highlights – 3-2-2 in Centennial League , 11-6—2 overall, lost in Class 5A state semifinal game.

Top players – Jason Kagle, MF, Sr.; Cole Bildstein, D, Sr.; Christian Accame, GD, Sr.; Josh Alpert, MF, Fresh.

2013 outlook – Bruins face one of the toughest schedules in school history, having non-league matches against 2012 Missouri state champion Christian Brothers College School, defending Colorado state champion Boulder, plus perennial powers Fairview, Fort Collins, Pine Creek and Adams City.

Say what? — “This will be an interesting season to see how quickly players develop to meet the challenge of the Centennial League as well as the state tournament,” said Curi.

HERITAGE

Coach – Adam Buseck

2012 highlights – 9-1-1 in Continental League, 13-2-2 overall, lost in second round of Class 5A state playoffs.

Top players – Dalton Lundberg, CM, Jr.; Conrad d’Leeuwen, D, Sr.; Jacob Bruno, F, Sr.; Chase Breslaw, F, Jr.; Noah Breslaw, F, Frosh.

2013 outlook — The Eagles were one of the best teams in the state last year before being ousted from the playoffs by league rival Rock Canyon. Bruno is a dynamic attacking player, Lundberg is a strong passer and d’ Leeuwen is a reliable defender.

Say what – “We are looking to build momentum from last year. In addition our JV team has not lost a game in two years, therefore the players are developing in our porgam and have a winning mentality,” said Buseck.

HIGHLANDS RANCH

Coach – Danny Main

2012 highlights – 7-4-0 in Continental League, 9-7-1 overall, lost to Denver East in quarterfinals of Class 5A state playoffs.

Top players – Jeff Ingell, D, Soph.; Kyle Diethorn, MF, Sr.; Roberto Velasquez, MF, Jr.; Blake Dickerson, D, Sr.; John Schaffer, F, Sr.; Tyler Londono, GK, Soph,; Scott Bedell, MF, Sr. Ismael Dia, MF, Fresh..

2013 outlook – Falcons will field a good technical and hard-working team that lost only two starters from last season.

Say what – “Very optimistic about the prospects of this team. This arguably could be the best all-around Highlands Ranch team ever,” said Main.

LEGEND

Coach – Jordan Ivey

2012 highlights – Finished eighth in the Continental League but made the first round of the Class 5A playoffs but lost to Arapahoe on a penalty kick.

Top players – Kevin Porter, CM, Sr.; Jacob Kruger, CM, Sr.; Eric Smith, GK, Sr.; Kuen Chang, F, Jr.

2013 outlook – Ivey takes over as head coach after serving as the Titans assistant coach for the past three years. He is faced with a rebuilding season with several new, athletic players. Legend graduated 12 seniors off last season’s team.

Say What – “We should be a very competitive side and are looking forward to a very successful season,” said Ivey.

MOUNTAIN VISTA

Coach – Theresa Echtermeyer

2012 highlights – 7-4-0 in Continental League, 9-7-0 overall, lost in first round of Class 5A state playoffs

Top players — Chris Nazi, CB, Sr.; Kyle Vigil, F, Sr.; Patrick Poole, MF, Sr.; Louie Sawaged, MF, Jr.; Nolan Patsy, MF, Jr.; Zach Hofer, MF, Sr.; Mykel Allen, GK, Sr.; Brent Lackey, MF, Soph.

2013 outlook – The Golden Eagles return nine varsity players. Echtermeyer is optimistic her young team will work hard and develop into a solid team.

Say what – “I believe we will be very competitive and can make a run for the league title,” said Echtermeyer.

PONDEROSA

Coach – Jim Engels

2012 highlights – 8-3-0 in Continental League, 10-5-2 overall, lost in second round of Class 4A state playoffs.

Top players — Among the players on last season’s roster were Colton Carr, MF, Sr.; Cameron Knox, D, Sr.; Lars Peterson ,MF, Jr.; Riley Wambach, D, Soph.; Gerald Smith, F, Sr.; Jack Wamburton, MF, Jr. Kyran Johnson, GK, Sr.

2013 Outlook – Carr, the placekicker on the Mustangs football team, led the team in scoring a year ago and 13 underclass players saw action on the 2013 state playoff team.

ROCK CANYON

Coach – Sean Henning

2012 highlights — 7-4-0 in Continental League, 10-7-1 overall. Lost to Boulder in quarterfinals of Class 5A playoffs.

Top players — Josh Kracke, MF, Sr.; Kyle Rollins, F, Sr.

2013 outlook — Jaguars have a team that is loaded with seniors and could make serious bid for the league title.

Say what — “We return 15 players from last year’s quarterfinal team,” said Henning.

THUNDERRIDGE

Coach – Chris Smith

2012 highlights – 6-4-1 in Continental League, 7-8-1 overall, lost in first round of Class 5A playoffs to Cherry Creek

Top players – Jacob Sloan, MF,. Sr.; Chris Thompson, MF, Sr.; Jonny Richards, MF, Sr.; Ben Smith, MF, Sr.; Michael Castiglone, GK, Jr.; Michael Young, MF, Jr.; Kyle Henry, F, Soph.; Aaron Broadus, MF, soph.; Laun Spriggs, MF,Soph.; Ryan Henry, D, Jr. ; Jake Wild, MF, Jr.; Quinn Ludwig, D, Sr.; Sam Rosean, D, Sr.

2013 outlook – Grizzlies have a smart, good possession team but seniors will have to step up to lead the way.

Say what – “I am looking forward to the potential of the team and what can be done with the raw talent and positivity within the team,” said Smith.

VALOR CHRISTIAN

Coach – Brian Shultz

2012 highlights — 8-6-2 and lost 1-0 in overtime to Widefield in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Top players – Connor Georgopulos, GK, Sr.; Roby Boade, MF, Sr.; Riley Combs, D, Sr.; Kirk Leftwich, D, Sr.; Cooper Youngs, D, Sr.; Paul Grizzle, MF; Blake Hilles, MF, Sr.; Josh Floyde, MF, Jr.; Alejandro Carvajal, F, Sr.; Brendan Clark, F, Soph.; Ian Crawford, D, Jr.’ Hunter Peery, D, Soph.; Ian Thomas, D, Soph.

2013 outlook – The Eagles are determined to make a deeper run in the Class 4A playoffs and have the team to do it led by Georgopulos who will be playing in front of a brand new backline. Valor has an experienced possession-oriented midfield and talented forwards.

Say what – “Georgopulos is one of the best goal keepers in Colorado and has been a varsity starter since his freshman year,” said Shultz.

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