Everyone measures value differently. When looking for an MVP (Most Valuable Player) does one define it by who scored the most points or goals for their team, or who made the most impact on a winning team?
But what if the most talented player played on a losing team? Or what if a player’s defense was crucially important to their team winning games, something unmeasured by stats?
It is not easy to select the best from a group of the best, but the spring prep season is over and now is time to reflect on some of the most spectacular seasons that that played out all over Jeffco this year.
Now that the season is in the record books we can now award who we think were the most valuable players on Jeffco this season.
Akiyama not only had a fantastic stat line that consisted of having a .396 batting average, 36 hits (team leader), 21 RBI and eight doubles, but his legendary bases-loaded full-count at bat that in the bottom of the seventh inning against Durango in the state playoffs that eventually led to a walk-off game-winning hit will be remembered forever.
Ricigliano had a monster stat line that featured a .456 batting average, 26 hits, 27 RBI, 27 runs scored and six home runs. Ricigliano also went 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA for the Farmers.
While there were plenty of upperclassmen across Jeffco who had great seasons, none had one like Kaiser. Her 2.438 points per game is an incredible stat but her team-leading 17 assists in 16 games proved that she got her teammates involved in literally every single game she played this season. Kaiser’s middle name is unselfish.
who helped fuel her team’s surprising run to the 4A state semifinals. Brundson had the Lady Rams peaking at just the right time behind a stat line that included 11 goals and 14 assists.
Few have ever been as dominant at what they do then Roach has been as a Farmer. After winning a state title in the previous season Roach returned to produce the most prolific offensive season in Colorado high school lacrosse history.
Roach’s 56 goals and 41 assists this season translated to the senior producing over five points per game for his Farmers. Roach is a Jeffco all-timer.
Zimmerman was quietly one of the state’s best players all season and certainly 5A Jeffco’s most talented player. He tortured defenders with 43 goals and 33 assists this year.
Hayden didn’t play for the best team in the state but she might have been the state’s best player. The Lady Demons’ leader scored an unbelievable 63 goals and 36 assists in 15 games (translating to 6.6 points per game worth of production).
They scored a collective 89 goals this season, one of the best scoring duos in the state.
Sett set a new Jeffco record in the 500 freestyle (4:39.77) and was Jeffco champ in that event plus the 200 freestyle.
Both helped the Jaguars swim to a Jeffco League Championship plus a third place overall finish at the state tournament.
Johnson was not only Jeffco’s best in both the 110 and 100 meter hurdles but he was crowned state champion in the 110 meter hurdles with his time of 14.34.
Miller has long been known as Golden’s fastest lady and she also finished second in the state tournament in all three of the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes.
Land worked her way up to No. 1 singles and she finished her senior season with an impressive 9-2 record, despite being in a team that finished under .500.
The two were an unlikely but awesome pairing who dominated Jeffco this season. They also beat Valor Christian’s Emilie Benedict Jackie Pettet 7-6, 6-4 to claim third place at the state tournament.
The Rams (20-7, 9-5 in 4A Jeffco) made a historic run through districts and the 4A state baseball tournament capping it off with a 10-2 victory over Niwot in the state title game.
Green Mountain survived rival Wheat Ridge, Durango, Longmont and Niwot to earn a state championship, needing a dramatic comeback to beat Durango in walk-off fashion.
It was truly a Cinderella story that nearly ended with a state championship.
The No. 10 seeded Mustangs (12-4, 6-2 in 5A Jeffco) went on a incredible run, beating Boulder, Cherry Creek, Rock Canyon and Pine Creek before falling to Columbine 3-1 in the state title game.