Despite spring weather providing challenging issues, all Season C sports progressed well and overcame stout competition. My thanks to the Colorado Academy coaches for navigating the realities of this year, remaining positive, and providing meaningful learning opportunities for all of their players.
Gabe Bernstein, CA Boys Soccer Coach, masterfully orchestrated the off-season and the pre-season, and the result was an undefeated season (14-0) and the State Championship. Seniors Jared Goldstein, Nick Maffei, Charlie Westfall, and Luke Wharton have been exceptional for the Mustangs this spring. “During this challenging season, coaching such a motivated and focused group of players, particularly this Senior class, has been so enjoyable and rewarding on and off the field,” Bernstein says. “They embrace competition as a group and also find moments to celebrate one another’s individual successes.” Big victories over Faith Christian, Lutheran, and Kent Denver highlighted the boys’ regular season. Throughout a double overtime nail-biter championship game, the boys kept their cool, showed superb teamwork, and brought the trophy home to CA. Congratulations, Mustangs!
Field Hockey, led by Coach Veronica Scott, has also found success this spring and stood strong and tough against some very accomplished competition. Seniors Chloe Brants, Julia Hall, Rebecca Kerr, Katharine Merrifield, Catherine O’Halloran, Maya Rutherford, Ellie Wadsworth, and Mackenzie Wagner were steadfast in their approach and attitude. Regular season victories over Kent Denver (twice), and Arapahoe (twice), were tremendous results for the team. “The resilience of the team has been exceptional,” says Scott. “I appreciate the commitment by the whole team for the game and their support for each other.” The team showed a tremendous fighting spirit at the State Semi-Final matchup vs. Regis. CA Field Hockey has demonstrated a tradition of success, traveling to the State Championship six times in the last 10 years, winning five times.
In her first year at the helm of the Volleyball Team, Coach Kristen Engelhardt helped provide a focus for the girls that will pay dividends for years to come. “There are amazing athletes in this program who stepped up and filled in wherever and whenever needed,” Engelhardt says. “Our teams were full of leadership and camaraderie.” Volleyball had four strong teams and many successes, with the Varsity playing three victorious matches in a row on consecutive days to close out the season. Seniors Evie Angevine, Lily Brinker, Meilani Cole, Ella Freimuth, and Karlee Osman led the way for the Mustangs.
Although some Ultimate matches were cancelled due to snow and adverse weather, an early season victory over DSST-Cole proved to be a defining moment. Seniors James Doolittle, Zoe Fierer, Andres Guevara, Colby Lish, Teri McManus, Sage Phelps-Fast, Natalie Rumsfeld , Emmett Schlager, Lewis Sharp, Annabelle Swenson, and Czarina Yuffa were exceptional in their leadership and devotion to their craft. “The leadership of the Seniors is ensuring the team is making the most of this make-up season,” says Coach Eric Augustin. The team heads to the State Tournament, which concludes on May 8.
Climbers, coached by Coach Emmett Cookson and Strength and Conditioning Coach Wes Kirk, have done a great job in an unconventional year. Strong performances by some excellent underclass climbers ensures tat the ensuing years will be equally as strong. The climbing team focused on growth and fundamentals this year, with Seniors Sofie Rossman and Bryn Taplin helping the team by learning the fundamentals of route-setting. The team competed in the State Championship, which took place in Eagle on May 1.
I’m thankful for the efforts put forth by the players and their coaches. This hasn’t been the easiest season to compete, but we have dealt with it and thrived. We have soldiered on and represented the community with great character. The hard work and tenacity of the individuals should not be overlooked. There was a purpose that was exhibited by players, coaches, and teams, and it was a treat to watch this on display every day in training and competition. Season D, which will include Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Baseball, Girls Tennis, Girls Golf, and Girls Soccer will provide more opportunities for growth, learning, and success. Check the CA website for game details in May and June.