THORNTON - Horizon’s senior Dustin Rivas was chosen as the Front Range League’s Most Valuable Player.
Rivas helped Horizon’s football team advance to the second round of the state playoffs, before falling to Arapahoe 17-14. The Hawks finished the season 7-4.
He was one of seven Horizon players that made the FRL first team. Spencer Elliott, Greg Gonzales, Dom Castiglione, Easton Robbins, Brandon Halperin and Steven Sumey also made the team. Rivas was chosen to the first team on both defense and offense.
Mountain Range’s Preston DeHerrera was chosen Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Also making the team from Mountain Range were Joey Ramos, Gabe Garcia-Gellespie and Tom Commander.
SIX AREA SOFTBALL PLAYERS MAKE FRL FIRST-TEAM: Horizon, Legacy and Mountain Range each had two players chosen to the first-team all-conference softball team.
Horizon’s Makenzy Mitts and Jasmine Wessel; Legacy’s Bekka Prokaski and Paige Reichmuth and Mountain Range’s Harley Huser and Valerie Ortega made the first team.
GEE AND NUN MAKE ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Legacy’s runners Melanie Nun and Emma Gee were chosen to the Front Range League first-team cross country team.
Horizon’s Megan Mooney and Gabrielle Penaflor made the second team.
In volleyball, Hawks’ Kristin Hoeben was chosen to the first team and Mountain Range’s Steven Salter made the first team in soccer.
HAWKS OFF TO QUICK START: The Horizon girls basketball team is proving quickly that it is among the best in the state.
The Hawks cruised past Standley Lake in the home opener, 80-41 and then they beat Prairie View, 68-42 on Saturday.
Kaleigh Paplow led the way in the season opener with 20 points, while Kaylie Rader had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Lauren Bennett had 16 to lead Horizon against Prairie View.
STAYING PERFECT: The Holy Family boys have won its first three games of the season.
The Tigers beat both Grand Valley (79-12) and Alamosa (54-28) at the Tiger Classic and then topped Manitou Springs 57-49 on Tuesday.
David Sommers and Ryan Willis have led the way.
Willis had 18 points to lead the Tigers over Grand Valley, while Sommers is averaging 13.7 points to lead Holy Family. Sommers also had eight rebounds against Manitou Springs.
GATORS GET FIRST WIN: Standley Lake topped Mead 51-40 on Tuesday at the Boulder Valley Invitational.
Sara Shileny led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Gators get their first win. Standley Lake lost its season opener to Horizon.