Mixed results for North teams as playoffs get underway

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 5/15/19

Holy Family ladies soccer was the lone Metro North soccer team to record a victory as the 2019 state playoffs got underway. Defeating No. 20 seed George Washington (11-4-1) in the opening round of …

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Mixed results for North teams as playoffs get underway

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Holy Family ladies soccer was the lone Metro North soccer team to record a victory as the 2019 state playoffs got underway.

Defeating No. 20 seed George Washington (11-4-1) in the opening round of the 4A state tournament, the Lady Tigers (10-6, No. 13 seed) couldn’t contain Wheat Ridge (14-2-1, No. 4 seed) in Round 2 in the 4-1 defeat.

Lady Lightning soccer, despite playing extremely well May 8 against Rock Canyon, couldn’t get the opening round win as a 4-2 favor in the shootout cost the road team a chance to advance.

Facing the No. 2 seed, Grandview (14-2-1), No. 31 Horizon (6-9-1 ) didn’t score in the 4-goal defeat to the athletic Wolves’ group. Battling through injuries all season, coach Bryan Johnston brings back a talented group hoping to improve next season.

Lastly, the No. 21 seed, Lady Norse of Northglenn capped a wonderful season under coach Kristina Churchill in the defeat to No. 12 Arapahoe (13-3-1) in the opening round of the 5A state tournament. A 3-0 loss is a significant motivation to a sophomore-heavy team that will look for back-to-back EMAC championships next year.

On the tennis side in the 3A state tourney, HF finished 10th overall team-wise with seven points. Sophomore Lindsey Bartoletta made it to the No. 2 singles semifinals after defeating Prospect Ridge’s Kate Diamond and Aspen’s Macy Hopkinson. Bartoletta fell to eventual champion Trini Somasundaram 6-1, 6-1. Lady Tigers’ teammates of senior Lexi Licata fell in hard-fought set to Prospect Ridge’s Aly Miller (6-7, 6-4, 1-6) in category three singles. Double-wise, HF’s Grace Coster and Caroline Smolky defeated St. Mary’s Academy, 6-1, 6-0 before falling the next round to Colorado Academy in three sets in section one. In section two, Sadie Bren and Audrey Brower couldn’t surpass St. Mary’s in three sets. Lady Tigers’ Jillian Hill and Megan Smolky couldn’t defeat Steamboat Springs in No. 3 doubles but No. 4 doubles with Madison Lujan and Kelly Whitehill executed a round one win over Prospect Ridge (6-4, 7-5). However, University did take down Lujan and Whitehill a round later in three sets before falling to Salida in playbacks.

Legacy ladies tennis finished in 17th place with two points in the 5A state tournament. No. 2 singles, Lady Lightning freshman couldn’t take down Mountain Vista’s Amanda Pruitt Jr. Third category singles, another freshman, Lily Kasic took her first-round matchup against Heritage’s freshman Kristen Thomas, 7-6 and 6-2. Sophomore Sunny Taylor of Fort Collins defeated Kasic the next round, 6-2 and 6-3. No. 1 doubles with Fabiana Alvarez and Lydia Karlson for Legacy couldn’t control Denver East’s Maddie Darre and Sienna Dilworth in the 2-6, 6-7 results. Section two doubles for Legacy passed their opening round test as Leila Daoud, and Madelyn Rhodes defeated Boulder in two sets of 6-4 scores. Monarch the following round knocked out the Lady Lighting pair.

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