Mustang Nation heads full throttle into Fall

Colorado Academy athletics began the Fall well, with all programs gaining significant successes in the first month of competition. With a focus the first few weeks on honing the fundamentals, the Mustangs are primed to make some noise come playoff time.

Boys Golf

Boys Golf is headed to the State Tournament October 1 and 2 in Colorado Springs and will have Seniors Christian Agelopoulos, Brandon Cohen, and Jack Garnsey leading the way. After winning the Metro League, Coach Beth Folsom has the boys ready to take home some hardware. “We have veteran players who have been in the thick of it in years past,” Folsom says. It will be great to see them compete again this year.” Joining the Seniors at State is Freshman J.T. Timmers, who played well enough during the season to earn a spot on the Varsity four.

Girls Volleyball

The Volleyball Team, led by Seniors Merrill Rollhaus, Mariko Okazaki, Willa Dorgan, Kennedy Massey, Gabby Ramseier, and Jasmine Moore, has put together a terrific early season with multiple impressive wins, including a nail-biting 5-set victory over Skyview on Homecoming Saturday. “We don’t focus on the outcome; we focus on the process and try to get better every day!” says Coach Bob Ulrich. “We try hard, do our best, and have fun during every match.”

Ultimate Frisbee

Coed sport Ultimate Frisbee started the Fall with early season victories over Cherry Creek and Arapahoe. Seniors Kole Hicks, Nic Hindes, Cooper Kofron, Tyler Wolf Williams, and Phoebe Cannon provide leadership to a team that has fun and loves to compete against other high school Frisbee teams. “We lost nine Seniors from last year’s team,” says Coach Eric Augustin. “But the leadership of the Seniors this year and the enthusiasm of the new players have developed an exuberant and supportive team chemistry that is leading to results on game day.” Home matches occur on Simms field, usually on Thursday afternoons. Come catch a game!

Cross Country

The new Cross Country Coach, Annie Bennett, reports that Senior Captains Avery Lin, Walt Jones, and Jonathan Fossel are doing a wonderful job leading a determined group this year. After finishing first in the prestigious Liberty Bell meet, in which more than 90 teams compete, the boys are primed for a run at the State title. The Girls Cross Country group, all underclass runners, have put together some impressive outings as well.

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer is having another strong start, with leadership from Senior Captains Liam Hall and C.J. Romine and fellow Seniors Jorge Marquez and Sergio Hernandez. The team, certainly a State title contender, will have its work cut out in the ever-tough Metro League. “There are so many great players on the Varsity team,” says Coach Gabe Bernstein. “We look forward to finding the combination that will bring us the most success down the road.”

Girls Field Hockey

Head Coach of Field Hockey, Veronica Scott, who enters her sixth season at the helm, has a veteran group led by Senior Captains Grace Fuselier and Camille Doherty, fellow Seniors Madeline Gordon, Remy Sherman, Andersen Dodge, Ella Marks, Alex Foreman, Caroline Briggs, Adeline de Leeuw, and Lilly Clowes, and Junior Captains, Julia Hall, Katharine Merrifield, and Rebecca Kerr. The team heads into the second half of the season ready to make a strong playoff push. “All three squads in the program are proving to be strong competitors, with our younger Freshmen and some new-to-field-hockey players really finding their mark,” says Scott. “The Varsity, specifically, is well prepared to fight for their top-of-the-table clashes to come!”

Boys Tennis

New Head Coach of Boys Tennis, Noah Tondre, has his charges going in the right direction, as they head into Regional and State competition. Senior Captains Caleb Aguirre (#2 singles) and Matt Robinson (#1 doubles) and Senior Hayden Wolfe (#3 doubles) have helped galvanize the young group and provided leadership, experience, and a positive mindset. With only three returning players from last year’s State Championship team, many of the players are working toward their first trip to State, October 17-19 in Pueblo.

As the Director of Colorado Academy Athletics, I’m thankful for the time, effort, and exemplary leadership provided by the CA coaches and, specifically, the heads of programs. The positive energy exhibited by the CA student-athletes and the balance necessary to do well both on the field and in the classroom is also a model of hard work and focus. I hope you get a chance to witness the characteristics that make us all proud on a daily basis. Please check the CA website for game details.