Mustangs make history, Legacy softball wins title once again

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Legacy softball players and coaches head to the stands to show off their Class 5A State Championship trophy at the conclusion of the 6-4 win over Legend High School on Sunday at the Aurora Sports Park. This is Legacy’s sixth state championship win in a 7-year period.
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Mountain Range defensive back Deion Lawler tackles Heritage senior Skyler Williamson in a playoff game Nov. 1 at 1st Bank Field.
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Legacy junior Li Chen drives the ball Oct. 1 at the 5A boys golf state championships at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora.
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Holy Family's Devlin Granberg celebrates after scoring in the sixth inning of the Class 3A state baseball title game on Saturday at Butch Butler Field in Greeley. The Tigers won 11-8.

It was a big year in the sports world for the north metro area. From championships to Conference Player of the Year to making school history, here are the top 10 stories of 2013.

Thornton’s Fenerci chosen EMAC Coach of the Year

After ending their 2012 season with a 4-18 record, Thornton’s boys basketball head coach Sercan Fenerci helped the Trojans improve to a 14-10 record in 2013. The Trojans also went 11-0 at home, which helped Fenerci earn EMAC Coach of the Year in his second season as Thornton’s head coach. The Trojans earned a spot in the postseason after improving from 2012, but fell in the first round of state playoffs to Liberty 68-43.

Holy Family girls basketball winsfifth title in six years

The Tigers beat St. Mary’s March 21 to win their fifth 3A state title in six years. Holy Family was down twice in the championship match, but came back and won 53-48 in overtime. The Tigers were down by 10 points in the fourth quarter and six in overtime, however, the team rallied to get back on top of the 3A podium. Holy Family beat Trinidad 44-28 in the Great 8 and then Denver School of Science and Technology 39-28 in the Final Four round.

Local teenager experienced dreamof lifting Stanley Cup

Logan Piz, a 13-year-old from Arvada, lived out his dream to one day be able to touch the Stanley Cup. Piz was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer that affects children and adolescents in November 2012. He was surprised May 15 with the NHL’s Stanley Cup at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Make-A-Wish, Discover, the NHL and the hospital granted Piz his wish of spending a day with the Cup, sharing it with his family and friends. Piz has been playing hockey since he was a boy.

Holy Family baseball wins 3A title

After losing the first game of the state tournament, the Tigers won five consecutive games May 25, including two games against Eaton, one of them being the title game. In the first game against Eaton, in a must-win game, Holy Family scored seven runs in the first inning and kept the offense going, winning 9-5. In the title match, the Reds took an early 7-2 advantage, but the Tigers fought back and won 11-8 for the victory and state title.

Local ice skater on track for 2018 Olympics

Mariah Bell, a senior at Ralston Valley, ice skates for Team USA and could possibly compete in the 2018 Olympics. Bell competes on the Junior Ladies Level and will move up to the Senior Ladies level in January. She competed in the Junior Grand Prix circuit, a series of seven international competitions that began at the end of August. Bell has been figure skating since she was 3-years-old and started competing a few years after.

Legacy takes Mayor’s Cup from Broomfield

The Legacy football team beat Broomfield in a cross-town rivalry game Sept. 7 to take back the intra-city Mayor’s Cup. The Lightning repossessed the trophy after losing two consecutive years to the Eagles. Legacy had a comfortable lead going into halftime at 20-3. The Eagles caught up and were only behind 20-17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Legacy eventually won 27-23, taking back the Mayor’s Cup.

Legacy’s Chen ties for secondat State Tournament

Legacy golf junior Li Chen tied with Regis Jesuit’s Jake Kelley for second place at the 5A boys state golf championships Oct. 1. Chen finished the two-day event with a score of 140, four under par, earning a 67 the first day and 73 on the second day. He also earned first team all-conference. As a team, Legacy won fourth place overall with a 455 score. Spencer Painton from Regis won first place with a two-day total score of 138, six under par.

Mustangs qualified first female cross-country runner to State

Mountain Range senior Rowan Kowalsky was the first state qualifier for the girl’s cross country team in school history. Kowalsky qualified for state at the Class 5A Region 4 meet when she finished the race in ninth place with a time of 19:11.50. The meet was at the Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn. Mountain Range also sent senior Josh Stamos to the state meet finishing regionals in sixth place.

Legacy beats Legend in state championship

Legacy softball captured their sixth state title in seven seasons after beating Legend Oct. 20 in the State Tournament. The Lightning beat Legend 6-4 in the title game, but it didn’t come easy. After Legacy held a 6-1 lead, Legend’s freshman Karlee Arnold hit a three-run home run to close Legacy’s gap. Fortunately for the Lightning, those were the only points Legend could get on the board. Legacy also beat Chatfield 6-2 and Dakota Ridge 8-1 in the tournament.

Mountain Range football makes history

The Mustangs football team made history Oct. 24 when they beat Poudre to get into the postseason for the first time. Mountain Range was the No. 11 seed and undefeated in league. They came into the playoffs 9-1 overall with their only loss being to Grand Junction at the beginning of the season. The Mustangs beat No. 22 Heritage in the first round 24-20, but then lost to Cherokee Trail in the second round, 41-7 ending their season at 10-2.

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