Men’s Football had a nearly flawless season and were able to advance deeper into the playoffs than they had for several seasons. Head Coach Ralph Nance lead a balanced team into the 2017 season and saw a defensive side emerge as one of the top defensive units in all 2A Football. The team only suffered one loss during the regular season and were able to have a perfect conference record for the 2nd year in a row. The Flatiron League Champs earned a home game in the first round of the State Playoffs against Bishop Machebeuf.
The Eagles defense pitched a 17-0 shutout and move the team into the State Quarterfinals against Resurrection Christian. A back and forth contest in a driving wind ended the Eagles season. The team was still able to accomplish much throughout the season and look forward to the season ahead. At the time of this article being published, All-State teams have not been announced. The Eagles lose several key seniors who have contributed greatly to the program and they will surely be missed.
The Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country programs continue to progress toward excellence under the leadership of Head Coach Steve Urban. The men’s program built upon last season’s successes by yet again winning their Regional Championship and advancing to the 3A State Cross Country Meet. The team finished in 10th place, and while disappointed with that finish, have much to be proud of and have established a standard of excellence for future teams. Macklin Brockmeyer made 2nd Team 3A All State and John McDonough made Honorable Mention for the men this year. The women’s program took another step forward this year and broke some new ground. For the second time in FCHS history, the women’s team qualified for the 3A State Cross Country Meet. They finished 12th at the State Meet but that could not dampen the accomplishment of these amazing ladies this season. Both teams return many of their core runners and look forward to what can be accomplished next season.
Women’s Softball had an outstanding season and advanced within one game of playing for a state title. Led by Head Coach Joe Garmatz, the women’s team pushed through a tough early season schedule to rebound by sweeping all of their league contests. The girls rode that winning streak into hosting a regional in the 3A State Softball tournament where they went 2-0 and advance to the knockout rounds of the State Tournament. The ladies became the first group in several season to not only win one game but two games and advance to the Final Four of the State Tournament. While the ladies fell in the Final Four they accomplished amazing things along the way and with the majority of them returning and hoping to grab a state title next season. Hampton Hays was elected 1st Team 3A All State, MacKenzie Connor 2nd Team 3A All State, and Abriannah McGaw was chose for Honorable Mention.
Women’s Volleyball had an extremely solid season and accomplished some amazing things under the direction of Head Coach Chris Powers. The team rebounded from an abrupt end to their 2107 season to advance to the Final Four of the 3A State Volleyball Tournament. The ladies used some powerful hitting along with solid defense to amass a great regular season standing. They racked up the wins while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state of Colorado. The team earned the #3 overall seed and quickly won both matches and advanced to the Denver Coliseum for the State Tournament. The State matches brought out huge crowds of fans who saw the Eagles win both of their matches and advance to the Final Four. While the ladies lost their first match in the Final Four. It was undoubtedly one of the greatest seasons in Women’s Volleyball history. Senior, Taynin Abbott, was named 1st Team 3A All State, and Senior Bella Keister was named 2nd Team All State. The program loses some outstanding seniors but is still left was extremely experienced players that put them in a position to compete for a state title next year.
Men’s soccer began under the new leadership of head coach, Nick Arter. Coach Arter led a squad with a good mix of veterans and up and coming young players. The men’s soccer team rebounded from a difficult 2016 season and advanced yet again into the State Playoffs. The team suffered numerous close defeats and ties throughout the season and played one of the toughest schedules in all 3A soccer. Senior, Bryce Lindquist, was named to the Honorable Mention Team for all 3A Soccer. The team will say good bye to many excellent seniors while looking ahead with a good core of younger players for the seasons ahead.